I was born and raised in London, but moved to Zimbabwe at the age of 12, along with my two brothers. The move was in part for us to understand the culture and value system of where we originate, but also for us to experience and benefit from the African education system. I loved every year of my time in Zimbabwe and looking back, the 6-7 years I spent there were instrumental in shaping my character. They were the happiest years of my childhood and early adulthood and taught me the value of life, family and friendship.
I returned to England aged 18 and attended The University of Manchester. During my second year, I joined a diversity mentoring scheme which paired me with a professional from my chosen field. This was a game-changer for me. Whilst I was always academic, it was my mentor who taught me how to convey my skillset and achievements, and how to recognise the hidden questions within each application. Without a doubt, she helped change my life and is one of the reasons I feel strongly about giving back to others.
In the past I’ve participated in a voluntary night-school teaching programme which involved teaching GCSE Maths, English and Science to under-privileged adults. I’ve coached and arranged structured work-experience for students whose access to the corporate world and Financial Services would otherwise be limited. This year, I mentored a young black sixth form student who has successfully secured an apprenticeship with British multi-national engineering company Rolls-Royce and I currently support a charity by providing mentoring to young people from disadvantaged and marginalised communities to improve their employability skills and job prospects.