Career Accelerator Case Studies.

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School Programme Alumni:

Murat

Cyber Security Student at the University of Warwick

‘I found out where my passions within tech lie with the help of Career Accelerator, they were able to help me on my journey by introducing me to a variety of fields along with the opportunities that they present, such as work-life benefits, flexible work and opportunities for students. Being on Career Accelerator was a rewarding experience and was stimulating enough to learn more about yourself. It allowed me to set my professional goals and plans so I can clearly define my next steps. This definitely helped me feel at ease especially when the workload piled on the following year. Career Accelerator has helped me organise my time which was convenient since I used the same skills in order to organise my A-level studies. I had to manage my newly created LinkedIn network, meetings with mentor as well as the plethora of other opportunities Career Accelerator had to offer such as potential summer experience.’

Naomi Hunter

Student at the University of Cambridge

‘Careers Accelerator was a careers programme like no other. As someone who doesn’t take STEM subjects and had little prior knowledge about a career in the tech industry, I really didn’t know what to expect. From watching the initial assembly introducing me to the programme, to getting an interactive tour of Just Eat’s head office, I was exposed to a diverse range of careers in the world of tech. As well as taking part in 1-1 mentoring with a range of mentors from large tech firms who specialised in different fields relating to my interests and plans for future education (such as an Oxford graduate), I also worked with more grassroots organisations and learned about the projects they run to support young people as entrepreneurs eg. Founders of the Future. Careers Accelerator has empowered me to understand that there are jobs in the tech industry for young people who do not like coding and don’t plan on being a t-shirt wearing Harvard dropout (myself included). Prior to starting the programme the only thing I really did know was that the tech industry had a deficit of diversity, however Careers Accelerator has shown me that there are people within the industry actively working to change this. Hence, I finished the programme feeling that change within the industry was possible and that by pursuing a career in tech, I too could lead change.’ 

Hadi Muhammad

Student at the University of Oxford

Hadi was mentored by someone from Vodafone, and stayed in touch with his mentor over the course of the following year. He worked with his mentor to successfully apply for a work placement at Microsoft. Since then, he has gone on to study at the University of Oxford. He continues to contribute to the Career Accelerator network as a member of our Youth Advisory Board.

 

 

Daphne Hemmings

Sixth Form student

Daphne originally took part in Vodafone mentoring, and then secured a second round of mentoring from someone from Onfido in Autumn 2020. Following her mentoring, she became Head Girl at her school, and has since had the opportunity to complete work experience at Just Eat. She now continues to contribute to the Career Accelerator network as a member of our Youth Advisory Board. The mentoring also helped her become confident in networking which led to her taking on a role as Head of People and social media manager for the Maths Organisation Pioneer which aims to encourage girls to take STEM courses.

 

 

LGBT+ Young Professional Mentoring Alumni:

Brandon

Recruitment Operations Coordinator at Just Eat Takeaway

Brandon was mentored in the Summer of 2021 by a member of staff from GoCardless. Following his participation on the programme, he utilised his connections and previous work experience to secure a role on a temporary contract opportunity working for Just Eat Takeaway. Brandon continues to contribute to the Career Accelerator network through his role on the LGBT+ Youth Advisory Board along with other opportunities and projects including as an alumni guest speaker for Nottingham Trent University giving advice to the future students on how they can progress in their individual careers.

 

 

Jaya Bhemah

Marketing Executive at Fanbytes

Jaya was mentored in Spring 2021, and since this time she was offered a new role at Fanbytes digital marketing agency. Jaya continues to contribute to the Career Accelerator network through her role on the LGBT+ Youth Advisory Board, where her work has been particularly appreciated as she has shared her expertise regarding digital marketing.

 

 

 

 

Daniel Cibák

Intern at EY

Daniel was mentored in Summer 2021. After working with his mentor, he was able to secure an internship at EY. Daniel continues to contribute to the Career Accelerator network through his role on the LGBT+ Youth Advisory Board.

 

 

 

 

Cara McEvoy

Master’s Degree in Gender Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in Management

Cara has been mentored by two professionals from different companies through our LGBT+ Youth Professional mentoring programme. Her mentors helped her realise her passion for Diversity & Inclusion in the workplace and inspired her to pursue a master’s degree that specialises in the subject, whilst being able to study in the Netherlands. Cara continues to contribute to the Career Accelerator network through her role on the LGBT+ Youth Advisory Board.