Tell us why you applied to Arrival Education?
Primarily, the role of a programme manager attracted me because I am really passionate about working with young people; something I have been doing since my very first voluntary position as a scouts leader at age 17. Since then it just kind of snowballed into a career in youth development.
For me, it is massively important that I really believe in what I am doing on a day-to-day so a job is never just a job for me. It is also important that what I am doing is contributing to society in some way. That is what struck me about Arrival Education – outwardly, their aim to tackle social mobility and internally, the team and culture they cultivate. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but I knew that it was somewhere I would ‘fit’.
Why do you think the work we do at Arrival Education is so important?
Growing up in the UK as a minority has definitely given me very personal insight into what Arrival Education is trying to achieve. It is easy to see how accessibility to opportunities is still not equal. This is what I love about the particular programme I work on – the Access Network.
The whole idea is that young, ambitious 16-18 year olds are offered the opportunity to develop the skills necessary in the corporate world which, more often than not, they will not have had even seen, let alone had any access to. I see what we do at Arrival Education as evening the playing field for roles in the corporate sector which is incredibly important when thinking about diversity and inclusion.
What are you up to when you’re not working?
I really enjoy pushing myself and trying new things, so lately, I have joined Toastmasters and have been competing in public speaking competitions which has been really rewarding as it is something I enjoy anyway, but is definitely refining my skills.
I also like to keep fit through playing netball and play social leagues and when I am not on a court I am usually in the gym!
If you could have a 1:2:1 with anyone living or dead, who would it be?
A little while ago I read ‘The Promise of a Pencil’ by Adam Braun which really inspired me to look at myself and my future differently.
Adam wrote this autobiography about a worldwide organisation, Pencils of Promise, that he founded to bring education to the most remote villages and communities in the world. I was fascinated by the vision that seemingly came out of nowhere and the bravery with which he grew it into a massive global organisation. So I would love to just pick his brains a bit about the process, the ups and downs and any general wisdom.
Would you like to work with Arrival Education?
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