Here at lastminute.com, we believe age is no barrier to taking a deep dive into the heady world of work. And handily enough our latest teenage work experience recruit is an aquatic champion; so rather than spending the day with that sinking feeling, her time here at lastminute.com towers went rather swimmingly. But what did she really think about life in the tourism industry? And more importantly what did she really think about us! Well we just asked her! Here are Chiara’s thoughts:
Tell us about yourself?
“My name is Chiara Boni, I’m 13 years old and I’m here today to learn about lastminute.com on summer holiday work experience.
My dad is the Product Director for Hotels. My mum works at a school and I already get enough of school so I thought I’d come here and see what office work is like.”
What’s been the best bit of your day so far?
“I learnt about the different ways people can use our website and how little things like changing the colour of a button can help people use the site better. I found out that I’m very good at guessing test results. I think I would get a job here but I have to wait until I finish school.”
What are the people like?
“Everyone is very nice but it’s different to what I thought. I thought everyone would be older and in suits. But they’re not, they’re nice and they dress how they would normally dress and they get to show their personality.”
What do you think of the lastminute.com office?
“It’s big and modern. I like that. I like pink, it’s my favourite colour and pink is everywhere. There are even pink plants.”
What’s your favourite subject at school?
“I like English and P.E. I love swimming, I’m at regional level. I don’t know if I want to go for the Olympics or anything like that yet.
I like the creative side of English, I like speaking more than writing and my teacher likes my work.”
The big question, would you come and work for lastminute.com when you grow up?
“Yes, I like testing ideas about how to make the website better. I’d like to be my dad’s boss, I think I would know how to be a good boss for him.”
Did you get your free piece of fruit this morning? (all lastminute.com staff get one a day)
“No! There were apples but I can’t eat them with my braces.”
What’s your best holiday?
“We go to Italy every year, but when I was six I went to Dubai. It was really cool. We went out to the desert and rolled down the dunes. It was so hot and I wore sunglasses all the time. I want to go back this year.”