Business students took part in the Colleges Live Speakers online event hosted by the AoC where they heard from a variety of inspiring game changers, innovators and risk takers from across the globe. Speakers included: Daniels Peters who, from his experiences of a lack of diversity in the fashion industry created the (Fashion) Minority Report, which aims to hold the fashion industry accountable and create positive and meaningful change; Samo, a Portsmouth based trans activist, public speaker, and artist who focuses on intersectional gender identity and community; Josh Clarke, Co-founder of Occumi, an online platform that helps students to identify and understand the transferable skills that they have developed from their educational qualifications and work experience and Nadia Nazim who has 15 years’ experience working in Human Resources within retail, media and the tech industry focusing on Learning and Development and Diversity and Inclusion.
Students heard about the speaker’s experiences and their tips for careers. Zainah Mutawi-Rabeh (A Level business student) said “I took inspiration from what Nadia said in that it's who you know when navigating through the business field and that working even once a week without pay will add up for experience and is worth doing.”
Ben Whittingham, Deputy Head of Section commented “To hear about the journeys these inspiring people have been on shows the diversity in experience that our students can benefit from. Any opportunity to hear from specialists in their field about their story and what they stand for as individuals is vital for raising awareness of the importance of inclusion whilst at the same time informing future career paths and how to be prepared for the next chapters in their life”
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