In July 2015 and February 2017 MyBigCareer responded to a request for help with 1-2-1 careers guidance at Jamiatul Ummah, Muslim School for Boys in London’s Tower Hamlets. This is what they had to say on the services we provided:
“Our students at Jamiatul Ummah are confident about their identity as Londoners and as Muslims. They want to play a role in accessing the opportunities around them and their parents support this. Quality careers services were not readily available to our students.
My Big Career, to me, stand for active inclusion and met our pupils to place them on an equal playing field with other schools. In fact I believe they took our boys further than other schools do.
Careers support from the local council is slow, lethargic and lacks the energy required to instil belief in youngsters. I know of students who have visited their offices and described the atmosphere as a flat tyre where the staff aren’t very motivated. My own attempts to buy into their services were met slowly, needless to mention the costs the interviews would have incurred.
When I met Deborah Streatfield and her staff, they were non-judgemental and provided me a list of ways we could receive benefit from the charity. It was rather a relief that they were ready to provide services beyond my expectations. When faced with closed doors, we had begun to lower our expectations to the bare necessary minimum. My Big Career were demonstrating that it was also their need they were fulfilling too by helping our students find their pathways. They share a sense of duty and ownership to the ills in society.
Feedback for the one-to-one careers interviews was very positive. They were conducted in June 2015 and then Sept 2015 for outgoing 6th formers (the 6th form facility is now closed) and year 11s ; and then new year 11s and 10s in September .
Students remarked how helpful the interviews were because some were about to hit a wall by choosing less important A level subjects for their intended career paths. Students had a chance to discuss which university, which routes work best; and how to prepare for their chosen career paths once decided with part-time work, voluntary work and additional reading of journals and circulars. That’s in addition to understanding minimum grades required which one can never be too sure about when researching online. The boys felt like respected academics, they were taught how to even shake-hands, create an impression and shared a space of respect, direction and compassion.
Students left these interviews with clarity, new choices to think about, but they also felt remembered and truly treated as “normal”. The interviewers were very proud of our students, their manners, their passion and potential.”