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Beatrice Nampeera did not have an easy start in life. She was orphaned as a infant and raised by her elder brother along with her three siblings. However, Beatrice was determined to complete her education in spite of these challenges, and with focus, commitment and a lot of hard work she attained a Bachelor degree in Social Work and Community Development from Kyambogo University. With a high grade point average, it never occurred to Beatrice that finding a job would be so difficult. Desperate for professional knowledge and work experience, she volunteered with the church in Soroti district. In March 2013, and now 24 years old, Beatrice learnt about the YouthMap internship opportunity through a local newspaper and decided to give it a try.
The selection process was both scary and exciting for Beatrice, given the number of applicants and the level of competition. When called for an interview Beatrice became determined to succeed, and it was her display of self-belief and confidence that won over the panellists. In addition to a full selection day, Beatrice was interviewed by Marie Stopes Uganda to ensure that she was the right candidate for the particular placement they offered. Beatrice shone throughout the process and was successful, gaining her first entry into the world of work.
At the start of their placements, all interns on the program received Foundation Training to ensure they started out with a set of transferable workplace skills. For Beatrice the training was inspirational. She says, “You can do anything in the world as long as you are willing and open to learning , advice, criticism and knowing yourself." Fresh from the course, Beatrice was placed at Marie Stopes Uganda in the Behaviour Change, Communication and Marketing and External Relations departments. In her role she supports Marie Stopes’ campaigns to promote family planning and sexual and reproductive health.
Now in placement, Beatrice’s creativity and teamwork skills are strongly evident and she is finally able to demonstrate her talents. As a result she has already been offered a paid role by Marie Stopes, enabling her to break the cycle of unemployment and take her first steps towards a promising career in the NGO sector.