Emilio McAllister Fognini, from Quintin Kynaston Community Academy, who is a nominee of Career Ready’s AstraZeneca Award, talks about how his time on the Career Ready programme has helped him develop the skills, confidence and qualities to kick-start a successful future.
Before I got started on the Career Ready programme I was unsure of possible career paths I could go down and I was a lot less comfortable when it came to meeting new people. Being part of Career Ready has really helped me to develop and improve my interpersonal skills; I can now communicate much better with my peers which has enabled me to take advantage of new opportunities and experiences.
The most significant influence on me during my time on the Career Ready programme was my internship at Costain. This really helped me to improve my communication skills and expand my horizons in terms of the opportunities which are available to me. Being able to experience a real working environment has made me much more confident and I was able to network and build connections with the people I worked with.
Without Career Ready I wouldn’t have been able to experience working in a professional environment like Costain, it has really opened up my eyes to all the careers available to me in the STEM industry, and it’s given me the confidence and motivation to pursue a career in this sector.
Winning the AstraZeneca Award would be an amazing experience for me as not only will it be an excellent way to finish my Career Ready experience, but it will also be an outstanding opportunity for me which I think will help my future.