During February half-term, Future of London hosted our second work-experience student (after the amazing Aqsa Akram in August 2014). We’ve started to do this through our connection with The Girls’ Network, a really useful organisation that helps teenage girls with mentors and placements, particularly in male-dominated sectors.
Our student this time was Abisola (Abi) Adefioye, who’s studying Sociology, English Literature and Geography at Harris Academy in Purley, and commuted from West Croydon daily, getting very familiar with the train schedules as we toured her around Catford and Elephant & Castle with new team member Bal Chauhan.
A clearly bright and lovely person, Abi had already been accepted at a number of universities in International Development and Human Geography – and to cap the week, was offered a scholarship from Northampton on her last day with us.
Programme & Research Lead Alexei Schwab runs this part of our programme, and organised the week to provide a mix of relevant research, events, site visits and outside meetings (no mean feat in half-term…).
Here’s what Abi had to say about her week:
“I spent one week in Future of London and I can honestly say it has been one of the best placements I have ever had. At first, I was apprehensive at the mere thought of spending 6 hours in an office. Yet as the week progressed, I grew accustomed to the office, with the help of Lisa, Alexei, Inge and Bal. They made me feel as though I was part of the Future of London team, not just a student on work experience. They took me on meetings and estate visits, which were incredibly enlightening, as I got to physically see the fruits of the organisation’s labour. Though I’m more than happy to go back to Sixth Form, I’m really grateful Lisa gave me the opportunity to work with Future of London.”
We would recommend offering work experience to any organisation in our network – it’s helpful on a few levels for the student, and gets you thinking about your own programme or activities in a different light. Not sure how many of these we can do a year (um, Alexei?), but if you have a student you’d like to nominate to spend a week with Future of London, get in touch.