I’ve been a part of the Social Mobility Foundation since 2016. I can honestly say that they have had a massive impact on my development, and the level of opportunities I’ve been able to access.
The older I get, the more I find that doing that one long application for the Aspiring Professionals Programme was the smartest decision 16-year-old me could have made.
Coming from what some would consider a disadvantaged background, the problem is not lack of smarts or personality. It is a question of not being aware of how vast the opportunities available are, and no real access inside.
I had been able to partake in JP Morgan as both an Asset Management and Treasury Services intern, at age 17! I was able to explore Parliament, attend open events, speak to so many professionals and gain an actual perspective on what’s out there and what I wanted.
The programme was able to give me the range to really boost my CV as well as my experiences outside of school and university. Most lately, I have been fortunate enough to be part of the Commercial Team at Warner Music (all because of Social Mobility Foundation), a job I am constantly learning from and enjoying.
I have met some of my favourite artists, regularly converse with key players in the music industry and have become part of an amazing team. The older I get, the more I find that doing that one long application for the Aspiring Professionals Programme was the smartest decision 16-year-old me could have made. Social mobility is something I never realised would be as important to me as it is, and once the way has been paved for us, it's integral for people like us to keep the ball rolling.
Wafia now works in the Commercial Team at Warner Music Group.
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