Talent Spotlight: Sara Poole

During the last 12 years, we’ve been fortunate to support the development of thousands of brilliant and ambitious, socially and ethnically diverse young talent. This week, we caught up with Sara*, one our graduates who was selected for Arrival Education’s Four Year Social Mobility programme, Success for Life, back in 2010.

Where did you grow-up/go to school? What was it like?

I grew up and went to school in Tottenham - a 'disadvantaged' area, populated with people with poorer demographics/socioeconomic status. I enjoyed my childhood but growing up I realised there was a lack of ambition in the community.

What has been the impact on you since working with Arrival Education? 

From the age of 15, Arrival Education introduced me to a new world - the City - which inspired me and gave me a sense of direction. I learned the importance of being open and less defensive which was hugely valuable. Without this, my attitude would have held me back.

I was given resources, which I still draw on today, to aid my navigation towards success in corporate environments. We attended networking and CV workshops and even covered how to shake someone’s hand properly! Arrival Education taught me how to conduct myself in a professional manner.

Looking back, what was it about working with Arrival Education that helped you most? 

The personal relationships with Dan and Emily. They believed in me and weren't afraid to tell me some home truths, which took a while for me to understand, but they didn't give up on me.

The partnerships with corporate organisations, such as Investec, were particularly impactful as well due to having a coach and subsequent work experience in the bank.

If you hadn’t worked with Arrival Education what do you think the difference would be?

I've always been ambitious but my attitude would have probably held me back. I don't think I would necessarily have ended up working in the city and perhaps would have had average aspirations. Now I see the stars as my limit.

What are you doing now? What are your hopes for your future? 

I work at Investec bank as a graduate/junior banker. In a few years, I hope to be a successful banker with my own portfolio of clients. I also intend to buy my first property within the next few years and to continue travelling to other parts of the world.

What would you say about Arrival Education to someone who had never heard of us?

They changed my life!


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*Sara's name has been changed