Taiwo was studying and working part time as a customer service advisor and was coming to the end of her studies with hopes to work in management.
Discussing her reason for contacting Future Bright, Taiwo said “I had ideas about what I wanted to be doing but I needed something to help me to narrow down those ideas and to set goals. Having come from Nigeria and to the UK as an international student, I needed the support to help me to navigate the UK career landscape”. After completing an online search Taiwo came across Future Bright.
Taiwo was paired with Career Progression Coach, Rebecca. Taiwo said Rebecca was really helpful, accommodating, and flexible and they explored opportunities available to her together, “we set goals together and talked through any challenges and solutions that would help me to overcome them. We explored where I currently am now and what opportunities were available that would take me to my long-term goals”.
Since joining Future Bright Taiwo has completed a lot of actions points. Taiwo shadowed people who had the role that she wanted and spoke with managers and got advice from people in the roles that interested her. "Joining the programme gave me a sense of direction and gave me something to work towards. Even if the job role I wanted wasn’t available now then I could get information and be prepared for it when the opportunity comes”.
Joining Future Bright gave me a sense of direction and gave me something to work towards. Even if the job role I wanted wasn’t available now then I could get information and be prepared for it when the opportunity comes.
Taiwo applied for a promotion within the company she worked for, “I got a promotion! I set the goal of getting a management role and I got it. I have a full-time permanent contract… and a pay rise”. The pay rise means that Taiwo has now increased her wages to significantly above the Real Living Wage. One of the things that really stood out to Tawio was learning about upselling herself, “I realised that I did have some experience that was transferable to get me to the management role that I wanted to be in”.
Taiwo would say to anyone thinking of joining Future Bright, “It is a really good opportunity and if you commit, the results will show over time. The goals that you set; you can achieve. Personally, Future Bright was a blessing to me this year. It’s rounded off the year well. I have had a promotion and I even have a salary increase coming in the new year!”