Talent Spotlight: Sara Poole

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“Arrival Education changed my life!” Sara Poole

We catch up with Sara, who was selected for our 4-year social mobility programme, Success for Life. Find out more about Sara’s background, her experience on the talent development programme and where she is now.

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Success for Life graduate now works at Investec

Where did you grow up? What was it like?

I grew up and went to school in Tottenham – a ‘disadvantaged’ area, populated with people with poorer demographics/socioeconomic status. I enjoyed my childhood but growing up I realised there was a lack of ambition in the community.

What has been the impact on you & your life from working with Arrival Education?

From the age of 15, Arrival Education introduced me to a new world – the City – which inspired me and gave me a sense of direction.

I learned the importance of being open and less defensive, which was hugely valuable. Without this, my attitude would have held me back.

I was given resources, which I still draw on today, to aid my navigation towards success in corporate environments. We attended networking and CV workshops and even covered how to shake someone’s hand properly! Arrival Education taught me how to conduct myself in a professional manner.

What was it about taking part on the programme that helped you most?

The personal relationships with Dan and Emily [the Arrival Education directors]. They believed in me and weren’t afraid to tell me some home truths, which took a while for me to understand but they didn’t give up on me.

The partnerships with corporate organisations, such as Investec, were particularly impactful as well due to having a coach and subsequent work experience in the bank.

How different do you think your life would be if you hadn’t attended an Arrival Education programme?

I’ve always been ambitious but my attitude would have probably held me back. I don’t think I would necessarily have ended up working in the City and perhaps would have had average aspirations. Now I see the stars as my limit.

What are you doing now & what are your hopes for your future?

I work at Investec bank as a graduate/junior banker. In a few years, I hope to be a successful banker with my own portfolio of clients. I also intend to buy my first property within the next few years and to continue travelling to other parts of the world.

What would you say about Arrival Education to someone who had never heard of us?

They changed my life!


The Success for Life Programme

Success for Life is a 4-year talent development programme for young people aged 14-19 years from economically disadvantaged and ethnically diverse backgrounds. It’s run in partnership with the UK’s leading businesses and helps students develop the necessary skills to achieve success. Success for Life has been credited with

  • achieving an average 2 grade improvement across the board in GCSE subjects,
  • improving attitude and behaviour and
  • leading students to become more articulate, confident and determined to succeed.

There are huge benefits for the businesses that get involved, including Improved coaching and leadership skills, a pipeline into switched-on, ambitious young talent, and learning how to shift perceptions about diverse young talent to reach diversity and inclusion goals.

If you are a school head or business leader who would like to talk to us about the benefits of a similar programme for your organisation, please get in touch.

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