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Aishat Omodayo, City Year London, 2014-15

Volunteer mentor in uniform

I joined City Year London after being drawn in by the red jackets at a graduate recruitment fair and listening to the inspiring testimonials of the corps members. Being able to relate to children who attend a school with many disadvantaged children was my unique selling point. Having attended an inner-city London school myself and been successful in education, my objective was to show them that success does not discriminate.

My favourite thing about being a corps member is the fact that I assist in bridging the gap in student-teacher relationships. I feel lucky that I have been able to use my degree and passion for mathematics to help students. A particular highlight has been witnessing my year 11 focus child gradually progress from a C grade to a B grade and hopefully an A grade in maths.

I hope to enter the corporate world after my City Year and have gained transferable skills such as communication, teamwork, resilience and leadership, as well as developing my soft skills. I consider it a privilege that we have access to a mentor to help guide us and the weekly training has opened up several opportunities to meet, gain insights from and network with industry professionals.

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