AstraZeneca STEM student winners visit CERN

Three Career Ready students from across the UK recently returned from an all-expenses-paid trip to Geneva to visit the Large Hadron Collider at CERN – their prize in the Career Ready STEM Student of the Year Award 2015.

The award, sponsored by AstraZeneca, recognises students who have been transformed by their experience on the Career Ready programme and who have shown a real commitment to pursuing a career in a Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) industry.

The winners were:


Callum Christie, Peterhead Academy 


Seena Desai, London Academy 


Jade Thomas, Paddington Academy 

Callum, who completed his internship at Centrica, said: "I am totally astounded and immensely proud to have won the prestigious AstraZeneca STEM award. It was an engineer's dream to visit the largest scientific experiment designed by thousands of engineers worldwide.

“My internship was extremely rewarding and with the excellent feedback I received, I felt engineering was definitely the career for me. My mentor, Mustafa, also gave me invaluable career and business advice and gave up so much of his own time to guide me, giving me the confidence, courage and determination to pursue a Mechanical Engineering degree. Everyone should definitely have a “Mustafa” in their team – he is truly inspirational”

Mustafa Mohamed, Callum’s Career Ready mentor and a Process Engineer at Centrica, said: “I am so proud of Callum for winning this award, which is great recognition of the hard work he has put in throughout his time on the Career Ready programme.
 “It has been a genuine pleasure working with Callum and he has shown a real flair for engineering, particularly during his time as an intern with Centrica, and I am sure this will lead him to a fantastic career in the oil and gas industry.”

Seena Desai said:  “Without the Career Ready programme, my vision would not have been very clear and my knowledge about technology also would not be as strong as it is now. Having an internship in a multinational corporation like Barclays gave me hands-on experience and without this experience I may not have been able to embark on my journey of self-development and become Career Ready.”

Callum also added: “I would like to thank AstraZeneca for this award and everyone at Career Ready for such a transformation.  The Career Ready programme can help you accomplish amazing achievements and I genuinely hope to be in a position to help someone else realise their ambitions in the future.”

The three finalists were flown into Geneva in September to visit CERN, all generously supported by Career Ready’s strategic partner AstraZeneca.