Victoria Ayoedji from The Petchey Academy, London, graduated the Career Ready programme in 2017. Now a student at the University of Cambridge, Victoria explains why her time on the programme was so important to her confidence, experience and professional development.

During the Career Ready programme, I was fortunate enough to be mentored by Phoebe, a lawyer at Clifford Chance. Through our meetings at her office in Canary Wharf, I was able to get valuable insight into the corporate sector and workplace in general. Phoebe helped me successfully apply to Deloitte’s ASPIRE programme and Accenture’s Horizons Gap Year Scheme whilst also giving me extra support with my UCAS application.

My favourite workplace visit was at Stack Overflow, a company that runs an open community for developers. As a student that was studying mainly non-STEM subjects, it was a great insight into the technology industry.

My internship at Deloitte on their ASPIRE programme allowed me to gain insight and experience into Real Estate, Audit and Risk and Regulation. I worked on a group case study task, ending in a presentation, which my team won. I enjoyed networking with staff and the experience really piqued my interest in consulting which lead to me applying for an internship at Accenture. Now I find myself with first-year spring week offers from the Civil Service, the Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey & Company I truly value the experience I had at Deloitte and what I learnt on the Career Ready programme.

Applying for the Career Ready programme has to be one of the best decisions I’ve made. I am now at the University of Cambridge and I’m President of the Social Mobility Foundation Campus Network. I am very passionate about increasing access and diversity to top universities and I believe that Career Ready has given me the confidence and skills to develop within the education and corporate social responsibility space.