2012 Grad - Khaled
I’m glad that I did Envision as it has given me so many skills and opportunities that you can’t get from school or just doing work experience.
Khaled’s team wanted to take direct practical action to help the homeless so they organised a donation of 16 durable backpacks and necessities like toiletries, can openers and warm clothes to be given to homeless people through a local charity. They also put personal messages in the backpacks to remind the homeless people that there are people out there who care for them.
When we got the photos back from the charity of the homeless people who we’d helped we could see they were really grateful for our donations from the smiles on their faces – that was how I knew all our hard work had really paid off – it’s a memory I will never forget. I also remember a point when we were doing our project and really struggling to decide what we wanted to focus on so we had to sit down and work it out. This memory sticks out in my head and always reminds me that there will be a solution to my problems.
Khaled is a third year student studying Biology and a minor in Psychology at Keele University and hopes to go into Business Management, Communications or International Relations when he graduates.
What did you get out of Envision?
Envision has showed me that I can make a change and that if you are passionate enough about something and you really want to strive for it you can make a difference, not only in your life but in other people’s lives. I know now that simple acts can get you far - simple ideas can grow into big ones and potentially inspire others to do the same.
I’m glad that I did Envision as it has given me so many skills and opportunities that you can’t get from school or just doing work experience. My CV is full of skills I gained from doing Envision like networking, team working, perseverance, initiative and drive. Envision also really put into perspective how these skills actually function in the real world. I’ve since been told by interviewers that my Envision experience is really valuable as it means I am not just saying I have certain skills but I can prove what I have actually done to develop them.
Envision really helped me develop confidence in myself and in talking to other people. With this confidence I now take more chances, I don’t hesitate I just go for opportunities that I wouldn’t have had the drive to do before, like setting up the Pilipino society at my University! Envision really opened my eyes to a world I had never experienced before. When I took part in a networking event with business professionals as a Grad it helped me to realize what I actually want to do.