Volunteering at London 2012 opened up a world of possibility for a Sheffield student.
Christopher Ferguson, who is studying for a degree in Games Software Development at Sheffield Hallam University, landed a job off the back of the experience.
After giving up his summer break to act as a Games Maker, the 20-year-old gained the Level 2 City and Guilds Award in the Principles of Customer Service offered to thousands of volunteers by sponsor McDonald’s.
Skills he learned during his time working for the Olympics accommodation team impressed his employers at Sport Direct and he has started work as a field assistant with the company.
Christopher said: “It was a spur of the moment thing, a friend of mine was applying to be a Games Maker, and I thought it would be a once in a lifetime opportunity and I just couldn’t pass it up.
“I did all kinds of things, everything from validating passports and driving licences, to arranging security access and sorting out any issues. The best part of the job was seeing people’s faces when I helped them.
“I decided to take the qualification because I didn’t want the experience to end - I was just holding on as long as possible - but it’s really made a difference for me. When I talked about it in my interview, I could tell they were impressed.”
Sheffield-born Lord Coe, chairman of the British Olympic Association, said: “The Games Makers showed how the combination of high-quality training, a strong work ethic and a desire to do the best job possible can lift British hospitality to a world-class standard. It’s fantastic to see thousands of volunteers going a step further and formalising their skills with the qualification.”