2015 Grad - Cynthia
Envision contributed hugely to me getting a job which has completely changed my life and opened up many more opportunities
Cynthia’s team created a workshop for 13-16 year olds focused on the impact that depression and anxiety can have on their age group. The workshops also helped teenagers learn how to identify mental health problems in themselves and those around them and what they can do to deal with them.
Before Envision I remember struggling to find people who took my concerns about the future seriously, and who would actively support my efforts to do something about these concerns. Envision provided me with a network of people who did their utmost to provide resources, ideas and a helping hand to help us tackle the issues we cared about.
Cynthia was appointed Envision’s Grad Trustee in 2016, alongside this she is currently working in Audit at Deloitte as part of the Scholar Scheme and has a place study BA Geography at LSE next year with the view of specializing in Developmental Geography in the future.
What did you get out of Envision?
My final interview for the Scholar Scheme required me to answer structured questions about a project I had been involved in – I chose to talk about my Envision project and it contributed hugely to getting the job which has completely changed my life and opened up many more opportunities. I really don't think it would have even occurred to me to apply for the scheme if I hadn't been involved in Envision; I gained a lot of confidence in my ability to decide on a goal and reach it. Aside from this I also became much more confident in my ability to talk and collaborate with people I didn't know well and didn't have a lot in common with.
Taking part in Envision completely changed the way I feel about my own ability to change the situations around me, on both a community and personal level. I think that a lot of young people feel powerless in the face of the challenges they experience and Envision provides a unique opportunity to see how, as young people, we can play our part to improve our lives and the lives of those around us. Envision gave me the confidence to go on and independently make a change, and in my opinion that makes it a crucial opportunity for young people.