2009 Grad - Tim

Tim graduated from Envision in Birmingham in 2009   -  By Richie Benson

Having that interaction with a role model was a very different relationship to student-teacher, which you're used to at school - the Envision coordinators are really willing to hear your thoughts on how to run the project. It feels good to have your opinions heard.

Envision project

Tim’s team did an assembly for the whole school about the benefits of Fairtrade which they followed up with a poster campaign around the school. They also ran a tuck shop selling Fairtrade products every day during Fairtrade fortnight through which they raised £500 which they donated to another Envision projects raising funds for a school in Africa.

The following year, in year 13, Tim was a mentor to year 12s doing Envision.

What’s your Envision memory?

Doing the Fairtrade stalls was really good and when we counted up at the end of the fortnight we saw we'd actually made quite a big difference. I loved the general sense of achievement and working as a team.

 

Also the weekly Envision sessions, I really looked forward to those: chatting with the Envision coordinators, hearing their perspective on things, not only on how to run a campaign but on the issues themselves. Having that interaction with a role model was a very different relationship to student-teacher, which you're used to at school - the Envision coordinators are really willing to hear your thoughts on how to run the project. It feels good to have your opinions heard.

Doing now

Tim has just started a new job as a data analyst for Cap hpi (an automotive data company). Before this he ran his own business (which he started in his final year of university) helping start ups connect with students who had the skills to help them.

What did you get out of Envision?

 I would say Envision has been quite a big part of my personality. It's made me more driven and definitely more confident. If I look at myself in year 11 and then look at myself in year 13 then I can see that Envision massively improved my confidence.....the encouragement from the leaders, being listened to, and then seeing the result at the end, you've actually achieved something and can say "oh, I did that" and that encourages you to think "oh, well if I can do that, I can do this..." It changes the way you look at the world and your compassion.

 

I didn't realise it at the time, but a lot of things that you do with Envision are actually very entrepreneurial. That word wasn't mentioned really, it wasn't such a buzz word then as it is now. It gives you that confidence and knowledge that you can go out and do something and make something happen that wasn't there before. You don't just have to go out and follow what some one else is doing. It kind of hit me a couple of years ago....oh yeah from all that stuff I did with Envision when I was at school I should be an entrepreneur.