2020/21 Candidate Celebration and Awards
At the start of this month a group of our Young Leaders planned and hosted an online celebration event for all young people (our candidates) who took part in The Brokerage activities over the 2020/21 academic year. We have been so impressed by our young people’s continued commitment and enthusiasm, in spite of another very challenging year, and wanted to collectively take a moment to pause and recognise their fantastic achievements.
While every one of our candidates deserves praise, we also used this opportunity to announce some individual awards for those who went above and beyond over the past twelve months. The first awards went to those candidates from different stages of the transition from school to university, who had shown exceptional dedication to our programmes. As well as taking part in a big range of our activities, showing their commitment to understanding professions and ensuring they are informed and equipped with the skills for success, they also stood out in terms of their enthusiasm and engagement with The Brokerage staff and corporate volunteers. These Commitment to Professional Development awards went to:
- Year 12 Candidates: Molly Attridge & Mukhambetzhan Berikuly
- Year 13 Candidate: Fatoumata Yabou
- Undergraduate Candidate: Huari Yang
- Gap year Candidate: Ammi Mulugeta
Recognising these award recipients, Aisha Lysejko, Head of Delivery for The Brokerage said: “All of these candidates took part in ten or more events with us during 2020-21, as well as also being part of a mentoring programme. The fact that they showed this level of commitment, alongside a turbulent year of studying at home and/or disrupted plans, really demonstrates their tenacity and growth mind set and proves just how determined they are. Any future employer would be very lucky to have them and I look forward to continuing to work with them and witness them progress into successful careers.”
Our other awards winners were programme participants selected from nominations by The Brokerage staff, volunteers and corporate partners. Everyone nominated was of a high standard and incredibly impressive in their own right but those selected were particularly exceptional:
Mentee of the year: Louis Kythreotis
Nominating him, Louis’s mentor, Dan Heartshorne from Nomura said: “Louis has been terrific throughout these mentoring sessions. He has not only showed a great understanding of the industry, but he has shown an unparalleled desire to learn more about it, specifically the nuances of working life. He was incredibly proactive and his professionalism and communication were also very strong, such that he came across as being much older than I knew he was. I was very impressed and he was a pleasure to mentor.”
Intern of the year: Tabitha Musa
Nominating her, Tabitha’s manager Sarah Chamberlain at Lloyd’s said: “We originally interviewed Tabitha for the 2020 intern scheme which she then had to defer until 2021 due to lockdown. When she joined the majority of our team was new which meant Tabitha had to jump straight in to support me and the other new permanent team members who were also finding their feet. Despite these challenges Tablitha was able to complete her internship with a positive attitude and enthusiasm, and her level of work produced during this period was absolutely brilliant. During her time Tabitha took part in multiple volunteering days, wrote more communications stories for our team than we’ve been able to post and also arranged events for her fellow interns. I would love to see Tabitha again in the future and she absolutely deserves intern of the year!”
Young Leader of the Year: Diana Hysenaj
Nominating her, Katerina Rudiger, CEO of The Brokerage said: “While we’ve been incredibly impressed with all 16 of our young leaders who took part in our Ambassador programme over the past year, Diana’s enthusiasm and dedication to the role was very apparent to everyone who worked with her. She quickly took on a leadership role to be a core founder of the A-Z podcast, and has continued to drive the production of it, reaching international audiences! She also went above and beyond in her role and volunteered to make wider improvements to our social media channels. The wider feedback and insight she has provided on behalf of other young people has also been really helpful and she’s consistently a professional and passionate advocate for youth leadership, leading to improvements to the programme for next year.
The event was planned and hosted by young people from our Young Leaders Programme (Afrin Moumita, Nafizah Islam, Michaela Sey, Zi Rong Huang and Diana Hysenaj) under the fantastic leadership of Yasmine Frimpng Manso, herself one of our young leaders. To watch their brilliant hosting skills and the acceptance speeches from our winners, click here