Alison Opeloyeru, a graduate of LLB Law (with Amali de Alwis, CEO – left; and Charlotte Fereday, Programmes Manager – right), worked as Programmes Associate with Code First Girls (2x WGI Host Employer)
Alison was involved in the running of courses including recruitment and training of instructors and course ambassadors, client/ partner management, social media marketing, updating of website and organisation of events with Code First Girls, a social enterprise which encourages women to pursue a career in tech and entrepreneurship. The internship was extended after the completion of WGI. Code First Girls have hosted 2 internships over the last 2 WGI programmes.
Quote from Alison: “The WGI programme exceeded my expectations completely. Coming out of University without a plan, I felt really defeated but with the constant emails, (thank you for sending me numerous emails!!!). they encouraged me to apply and do something. The number of internships that were available to apply for were amazing. I had never heard of some of the companies and job roles before and now I have a job that I absolutely love and have learnt so many new skills that I can use in every job I have hereafter.”
Outcome & Skills gained: “I ran 32 coding courses nationwide. By the end of the internship I was the one in charge of all the courses and was the one delegating tasks. I was the one my colleagues and even CEO would come to for advice and information on the courses we run. I’m currently being put forward for a management job in the organisation for a new project they are starting.
Working in a start-up really pushes you to learn a lot of new skills quickly. I am now confident to speak to clients ranging from other start-ups to big corporates. I was so shy, I couldn't network, was scared to talk to anyone with authority and now I can network without a worry, I can speak to clients, I know how to send professional emails and act in a profession setting.”
Employer Feedback: “Alison has been a fantastic support to the team, and we were so pleased with her work that we have extended her contract for another 6 months. Alison helped us during a very busy time as we kicked off 32 courses across the UK & Ireland with approximately 900 students. She worked with multiple stakeholders to ensure our community courses ran effectively, working with University contacts, students and volunteer instructors and ambassadors”
Lewis Carter, a graduate of BSc Economics (with colleagues), worked as Graduate Implementation Manager with i-nexus
Now permanent staff, Lewis was responsible for installing and configuring Business Execution Software for clients, problem solving with design solutions according to customer requirements and managing small projects which included handling new requirements from existing customer base of i-nexus, a Strategy Execution Software for Global 5000 scale organisations. i-nexus has hosted 3 internships over 3 WGI programmes.
Quote from Lewis: “I have greatly improved my technical computer skills as well as effective relationship management with clients. My new technical skills allowed me to consider Technology Consulting and Software as potential industries to work within in addition to the Management and Strategy Consulting that I had focused on previously.”
Outcome & Skills gained: “I have been personally working with clients since very early on in the internship. Towards the latter end of the programme I travelled with work to Helsinki to visit a client on-site.”
Employer Feedback: “Lewis has been an excellent addition to the team. Bright, committed, and quick to learn. The internship has resulted in Lewis being hired on a permanent basis into a graduate implementation manager role with us, immediately following on from his internship.”
Cynthia Uthayakumar (left), a graduate of BSc of Biomedical Science (with Sukhy Nandra, Scientist -right), worked as Formulation Research Assistant with Medherant
Cynthia worked on a real life project that provided an insight into how drug candidates are selected for development, researched and screened a range of drugs with potential for transdermal delivery and reported on the findings for Medherant’s new product development strategy. The internship was extended after the completion of WGI. Last year was the first time that Medherant hosted a WGI internship.
Quote from Cynthia: “I developed my research skills and use of initiative. I have recognised that I enjoy working in an office setting, but would prefer a role requiring more communication with other staff and team work.”
Employer Feedback: “An excellent candidate”