2004 Grad - Khally
From a practical perspective Envision definitely helped me develop my organisational skills... which gave me something to talk about when it came to job interviews.
Khally and her team decided to arrange for their school to sponsor a child abroad, through Plan International UK, so that they could access education and a brighter future. They fundraised to get the project started and successfully negotiated for all the non-uniform day fees at their school to go towards the sponsorship. They also volunteered in their local community, visiting the hospital and elderly wards to spend time and connect with patients who didn’t ordinarily get visitors, making a positive difference to their time in hospital.
I remember thinking how big the Envision Graduation event was and being so inspired by hearing what other schools and teams had achieved. The event gave us a huge sense of achievement and pride in the difference we had made. It was really cool to look around and feel part of a bigger community and movement and to see the impact we had all made collectively.
Working as a Team Co-ordinator for Sony focused on PlayStation technology. Khally also enjoys taking part in Sony’s volunteering days and in her spare time is starting an initiative to get more girls involved in playing Tag Rugby to improve their mental and physical well-being.
What did you get out of Envision?
From a practical perspective Envision definitely helped me develop my organisational skills. It gave me the opportunity to project manage in a non-professional environment as I was the one who would record the minutes of our meetings, send out emails and manage the group. Envision helped me realise I am a proactive person and gave me the opportunity to put my strength in organisation into action, which definitely gave me something to talk about when it came to job interviews.
Also the confidence factor was amazing – before Envision I was quiet and not comfortable talking to people that I didn’t know. Envision gave me the opportunity to work with people that weren’t in my friendship group and develop new skills in being able to meet new people, network and communicate effectively. Envision made me more comfortable articulating what I think and why I think it so that when I went off to University I was able to talk to new people and express my opinions and views.
I also applied to the Young Envisionaries Leadership Award and was successful in getting a place on a residential trip to Wales in 2005. At the time applying to the award by myself was a big step for me; the trip pushed me outside of my comfort zone and encouraged me to be more independent and adventurous. I am now more willing to embrace new opportunities as the trip opened my eyes to what you can experience if you are willing to take a risk.