Aaron is one of five graduates of the Catalyst training course who was offered a year’s placement in GAP’s offices. He talks about his year at GAP, and passes on his advice to the new Catalysts starting in 2015.
Why did you want to take part in the Catalyst programme?

I felt the programme suited my interests in sustainability and the environment, and would help with my professional development in these areas.

What is your biggest achievement from the last year?

My biggest achievement from the last year was actually being offered the role at GAP -especially after the 3-day training course and seeing how bright the other Catalysts were! I thought I didn’t have a lot of knowledge or experience but I showed how determined, diligent and motivated I was, and was finally offered the role.

What is the hardest challenge you have faced, and how did you overcome it?

The hardest challenge I’ve had to face was managing the Eco-interactive bookings/events in March. We were really busy during that period, and I was still getting used to how the Eco-interactive events worked. But with good preparation, determination and hard work from the team it went really well, and the clients (and my Eco-Interactive manager, Joe) were really pleased!

What about this year has inspired you?

The whole ethos at GAP and the values - not just the company, but the people I’ve worked with - have really inspired me to keep motivated and driven me to work for something I really believe in. The people I have worked with have really helped me develop over the past year and I’ve appreciated everything I have been given here and learned at GAP.

What would your advice be to the next round of catalysts?

My advice would be; be yourself in all the work you do. GAP not only encourages people to be more sustainable but also changes their behaviour and sometimes their opinion on things. People might not remember the things you say, but they’ll always remember the way you made them feel! 

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