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How young people can get a job in the City of London

Jack Williams GMC

Three months after graduating from university, I secured my first full-time paid job. With it becoming increasingly difficult for young people to gain a foothold in employment, two key things made my transition from politics student to management consultancy employee relatively smooth – volunteering and networking.

Volunteering is fast becoming a fundamental basis by which young people can enhance their skillset, meet with employers and business people and demonstrate that they can hold their own in a professional working environment. It certainly went a long way to making my CV look more dynamic and plentiful. Over the previous three years, I have leaped at various voluntary opportunities when they have arisen, whether it be as an administrative assistant at an education charity or as a fundraising volunteer at a children’s charity.

Dabbling in networking also ensured that I had a head-start when looking for employment after graduating from university. Two years ago, I become acquainted with Prem Goyal OBE, a city entrepreneur who has been living in Southwark for 10 years and owns a management consultancy company, Global Markets Consultants (GMC) in the City of London. After volunteering in one of his projects to rejuvenate a St. Mungo’s homeless hostel in Peckham, we kept in touch and despite our busy routines, updated each other on our respective projects. After graduating, I took the initiative in tapping my network and, as a result of my network building, was offered a vacancy in his company as soon as it became available.

Gaining employment, however, has not driven me to complacency. Given the competitive nature of the job market, it’s as important as ever to stay ahead of the curve and acquire new skills. That’s why my manager has persuaded me to focus on further strengthening my skillset and, as such, recently enrolled in advanced computer skills training courses. My manager realises that investing in his talent is a certified way to make his business more efficient and sustainable. More personal development courses and training in leadership and management are on the horizon so I can develop the profile of a global manager. Perhaps most vital of all, being employed in this capacity has coaxed into leaving my comfort zone, allowing me to attend events to experience different cultures. As well as this, it has also inspired me to, at one point in the future, start my own business.

Global Markets Consultants CEO, Prem Goyal said, “GMC is committed to providing jobs and internships to young people and supporting diverse activities to build One Southwark.  I want to give Southwark residents the same opportunities Southwark has given to me.”

Written by Jack Williams

Jack Williams has a BA in Politics and Philosophy from the University of Sussex. He currently does communications and fundraising volunteering for a children's charity.