Thirty students from across London were invited to a lunchtime Global Community Day event in June, to meet top professionals from Citi.
The event included a speed networking session, where students got the opportunity to gain first-hand insights into careers in finance from professionals across the organisation.
Speeches came from former Career Ready students and staff from Citi, who shared their experiences of being involved with the programme.
James Bardrick, Chief Country Officer for the UK at Citi, said: “Through ‘Global Community Day’ thousands of Citi employees from around the world are coming together to do something really important. Give back to the communities in which we live and work. I’m tremendously proud to be involved with Career Ready. It’s a fantastic organisation that we’ve been involved with from the beginning. Our commitment to Career Ready goes beyond money – we provide time and expertise as well as 40 internships this year.
“Being involved with Career Ready is about saying to young people that with support and hard work, you can achieve great things, and at Citi we will continue to provide the support where we can.”
Tawana Pierre, a student at Redbridge College, London, spoke at the event. Tawana is on the Career Ready programme and completed her internship at Citi last summer. She said: “Having the support of my Career Ready mentor, someone who was a professional and not a peer, friend or family member, gave me confidence.
“The experience of being an intern at Citi was one of the best experiences of my life. It expanded my career horizons and helped me experience roles I didn’t think I’d be interested in. I loved getting up every day to do something new and challenging.
“The Career Ready programme helped me look at things I don’t want to do as opportunities to prove that I can do them."
The event was featured in the Evening Standard on Friday 12 June.