Before coming to Making The Leap, I was due to graduate from University and had no plans or any idea about how to break into in the graduate market. Through activities that allowed me to reflect on my education and where I wanted my career to go, the Workshop helped me to put a plan in place for myself and take control of my career.

Making The Leap was extremely influential in helping me build the vital soft skills that I needed to enter the job market. I felt confident and comfortable in my ability from practicing simple exercises like standing up and saying my name when talking. By engrossing myself in the Workshop sessions I was able to impress enough for Making The Leap to source an internship for me within a week of graduation, which I’m extremely grateful for! The confidence and professionalism I picked up from the Workshop put me in good stead when I initially arrived at Madano, where I carried out my internship.

Madano were keen on giving me exposure into the inner workings of their business functions. Immediately, I was present at client meetings and was even handling sensitive information. I did my best to take it all in my stride with the right balance of independence and open communication when I needed help. I found that the culture at Madano made me determined to produce a high standard of work and do more than was expected from me. The experience was invaluable in the sense that I learnt a lot about myself, who I am and where I want to be. For that, I owe a great deal of gratitude to Making The Leap for facilitating this experience and Michael Zdanowski for providing this opportunity.

By Emmanuel, aged 21

Thoughts from Michael Zdanowski, Head of Energy, Madano:

“Emmanuel made a tremendously positive impact during his time at Madano. He fitted into the Madano team very well demonstrating enthusiasm, a willingness to get on with whatever work he was doing and a commitment to go the extra mile. He really made an effort to understand our business and what we do. Making the Leap does exceptional work in helping to train young people and give them the skills to fulfil their ambition. Ultimately though, it’s up to Making the Leap’s Associates, like Emmanuel, to make a success of the opportunities in front of them, which he did very well.”

Since completing his internship at Madano, Emmanuel has taken on a full time role CMC Markets as a Client Services Executive. 



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