Over 100 Tamil students and top professionals from several key industries came together on Thursday 30th October for UKTSU’s careers network event coordinated by Jananni Balaskandan (Imperial College London). This event was part of UKTSU’s Careers Development Scheme, which was launched last year and has involved one to one mentorship for UCAS applications, careers talks at schools throughout London and one to one interview preparation.
Achieving your dream job and climbing the career ladder takes more than good grades, intelligence and passing exams; your experience, knowledge of what recruiters are looking for and the people who help you along the way is just as important. As ever the UKTSU community pulled all their resources and contacts together to hold this event to provide our Tamil youth with exactly that.
After years of working on the ground in the UK Tamil community UKTSU took the first steps to establish this bridge between working professionals and Tamil students. Over 30 professionals from UKTSU’s network attended the event to provide free advice, work placement opportunities and CV guidance to the students. There were representatives from medicine, dentistry, science, research, finance, business, IT, engineering and law, including top companies such as ATOS, Duncan Lewis and TFL.
The event was a huge success with 100% of student feedback stating they found the event beneficial to them. The evening was a great networking opportunity for all who attended and many left with direct contacts and opportunities for work placements as well as clear guidance on their career path. The event is yet another example of how UKTSU empower young Tamils to maximise their potential. As with all their initiatives, they used the opportunity to highlight the many cause projects they undertake back home in Sri-Lanka which students and professionals can get involved with. UKTSU thus continue to fulfil their goals to support Tamil students here in the UK, which is equally important as the future of Tamil students back home.