On Friday March 18th, City Year and STA Travel set up camp in Cadbury College's Hub (restaurant), advertising some amazing gap year and volunteering opportunities to students. After students complete their advanced level studies, they can either go to university, start employment or take a year out to "change the world" before they embark on their next step. Finding out what these organisations could offer was an eye-opening experience for students.
Ryan Hussain joined Cadbury College in 2012 from Queensbridge Visual and Performing Arts School, studying A-Levels in English Literature, Psychology and Sociology.
When he was studying his A-Levels, he wasn't 100% sure what he wanted to do when he left college, so he decided to spend 11 months volunteering for City Year. Discussing his experiences, Ryan said:
“The eleven month paid programme offered me professional experience and development, and provided support and guidance to help me with my next steps.”
“There were many highlights from my time at City Year. I enjoyed the opportunity to attend an event with London-based recruitment firm, Heidrick and Struggles. I met loads of people including CEOs and CFOs who worked for well-known organisations such as Google, Rolls Royce and the United Nations. I discussed my future plans with the CEO of GSK, the sixth largest pharmaceutical company in the world, and he offered great advice for how I could step into the health industry. My biggest highlight is helping children to develop, grow and achieve through mentoring.”
“My next chapter will begin with studying Neuroscience for four years at University. Thanks to City Year’s support when writing my personal statement and providing a reference, I have been offered a place at University to follow my passion. After retaking my A-Level examinations to boost my grades, City Year helped me to identify what I wanted to do as a career, and I’m excited for the next step!”