Tom Tesfay joins the team as Talent Development Executive

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We get to know the newest member of the Arrival Education team, Tom, who has joined us as Talent Development Executive.
We spoke to Tom about his  background and his passion for social mobility, as well as his excellent taste in films!

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Tell us why you applied to work at Arrived Education

I have been a participant on 2 programmes run by Arrival Education, so I have first-hand experience of the organisation from the young professionals perspective. I saw the high level of care, the authenticity and the quality of work that goes into the programmes, and I wanted to be a part of that.

I also saw an opportunity to learn. Eventually, I want to run a business and I realise I need to grow my skill sets to be equipped to handle this. There was an opportunity here to learn this from everyone involved, which I thought would be amazing.

Also, Arrival Education changed things for me and I wanted to help others do the same.

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Why do you think the work Arrival Education does is important?

I think social mobility isn’t addressed as much as it should be. And when it is, it rarely delivers a deeper level of experience. Coming from a state school in London, I was a part of loads of schemes but they all felt like they were solely taster days into uni and degree courses.

They weren’t giving you hands-on skills, unlike Arrival Education’s programmes. They were all surface level.

Arrival Education wants to know about you and they ask you about your aspirations. They want you to grow and ask why, as well as how, they can help you get closer to your goals.

Five of my friends have also been involved with Arrival Education and had similar experiences. More young people and businesses should have access to this.

What are you up to when you’re not working?

I’m pretty big on self-development. If I’m not at work or at uni, I’m reading a lot or attending a course. I just started a course of financial modelling.

Outside of work I study part-time for my undergraduate degree in Economics, at the Open University. I chose the Open University because I wanted to work alongside studying. I knew I wanted to develop soft skills and grow my network whilst doing my degree.

I’m currently trying to re-establish at the Entrepreneur Society at uni. There’s nearly 200 members, however, there’s no active engagement or activities for the members to be a part of, which I think is a shame. I hope to change that and have taken an interim role as President to re-develop the foundations, launching a range of new content and programmes in the new academic year.

I’m also a bit of movie junkie! I love inspirational and entrepreneurial movies about people who have overcome adversity to achieve great things. I’m also a sucker for scifi, superhero and vampire movies. Spending time with friends and family is important to me too.

If you could have a 1:2:1 with anyone living or dead, who would it be?

Jimmy Iovine. I watched the Defiant Ones (documentary series on Netflix) recently and I was amazed by his wealth of knowledge and the journey he went on, from sound producer into business exec. He has developed incredible skill sets, as well as knowledge and intuition. To be able to find out his take on all that would be incredible!


Does your need a pipeline into a pool of ambitious, switched on diverse talent like Tom?

Leading businesses have told us they struggle to recruit socially and ethnically diverse talent into their early years roles, and their strategic commitment to increase the diversity of its  workforce is falling short of expectations. Does this sound like your organisation?

If yes, we can help.  

The goal of the Arrival Network is to provide our partner organisations with a pipeline into:

  • Socially and ethnically diverse young talent that want careers
  • A talent pool to recruit from and whom they have helped develop for a career.

Get in touch with our team to discuss the tailored programmes we will deliver in partnership with your business leaders to make diversity and inclusion in your company work.

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