2014 Grad - Junaid

Junaid graduated from Envision in Birmingham in 2014   -  By Richie Benson

Well, I suppose the main thing for me was seeing the progression from an initial idea through to finally getting some kind of end result. 

Envision project

Junaid's group wanted to tackle the problem of litter in their local area, particularly around their school. They set out to raise awareness of the problem, but there was also a more practical aspect as they physically cleaned up the area.

What’s your Envision memory?

Well, I suppose the main thing for me was seeing the progression from an initial idea through to finally getting some kind of end result. There was something that we could physically see, that we had actually achieved. We could actually see results in front of our eyes.

 

There was also a period where things weren't necessarily going to plan - it was quite difficult early on to get agreement in the group on how to proceed, what we would actually do, whether we'd actually do the cleaning ourselves or more just raising the awareness, what the actual aspects of the project would be. We had regular meetings with the Envision co-ordinators, they didn't force anything on us, it was more suggestions of ideas of how to proceed and from that we kind of came to agreements ourselves.

 

Doing now

Junaid is currently working for KPMG on the school leavers' scheme and working towards a degree in accountancy at university at the same time as working for KPMG.

What did you get out of Envision?

It's one thing for people to have good grades, but a lot of people may have good grades. Things like Envision set you apart from other people. You actually learn skills that employers want to see. You could have straight As, but you may not be able to work in a team, so a potential employer might not see you as fit for their organisation.

It's something that always comes up at interview - they'll say "give me an example of a time when you've worked in a team." Envision is a perfect example of that. It's evidence that you've shown you can do it, you've got an outcome that is a visible, tangible thing. Something that you've produced from start to finish.

And I've been able to give something back by being involved as a mentor this year. Getting involved with Envision has made me more inclined to help out. I see the value in community based projects whereas before I wasn't really involved in many things done locally. A lot of charities focus on working abroad and internationally but I think it's also important to focus on what is needed domestically in the UK.