This week saw the graduation event at State Street’s Canary Wharf head office of our 33 mentees on the Continuum programme, where the winner of the presentation competition was announced.
Kamil Kurdziel, from Camden, studying Physics with Theoretical Physics at Imperial College, won a paid summer internship at State Street wowing the judges with his business challenge presentation.
This programme, which was shortlisted this year for a Mayor of London Dragon Award, ran from September to December with the mentors – all senior staff at State Street – and the mentees - undergraduates who attended a state school in London – meeting regularly and focusing on skills necessary to thrive in the workplace. Each session aimed to develop essential employability skills, such as raising their confidence to help them compete in the job market, while also developing the leadership skills of staff enabling them to share their knowledge and skills.
Bridget Gardiner, executive director of The Brokerage said:
“Resilience has an important role to play in long-term leadership success. The next generation of business leaders will need to be even better than they are today at adapting to the continuous evolution of the workplace. With a programme like Continuum, you have been given a great start.”
Sharon Auger, Assistant Vice President, Corporate Citizenship commented:
“This has been a great opportunity for all of the students, not just the finalists, to learn from business professionals and they will take these lessons into their future careers and pathways. The calibre of this year’s mentees was very high. We had a very difficult job in selecting just three names to go through to the last round!”
Kamil Kurdziel, winner of the presentation competition and a summer internship at State Street said:
“I would like pursue a career as an analyst or a strategist. This scheme has enabled me to find out more about the financial sector and helped me to decide which area of finance I would be most interested in. I've learned new skills and have gained much more of an insight into building a successful career in finance."
To date, 136 employees at State Street have volunteered to help over 150 young people, who are all Brokerage candidates. Of the 33 participants on the programme in 2012, 27 now work in their desired field at companies including State Street, Goldman Sachs, HSBC and Rolls Royce.
Programmes like these can increase diversity and help social mobility by providing access to professional networks useful for career development, and State Street employees have volunteered over 2,000 hours since the programme was first launched.