Emilio McAllister Fognini from Quintin Kynaston Community Academy, a nominee for our 2017 AstraZeneca Award, talks about how his time on the programme has helped him develop the skills, confidence and qualities needed to kick-start a successful future.
Before I got started on the programme I was unsure of the 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 and this has enabled me to take advantage of new opportunities and experiences.
The most significant influence on me was my internship at Costain.
My internship at Costain 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 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, it has really opened my eyes to all the careers available to me in the STEM industry, and I've now got the confidence and motivation to pursue a career in this sector.