As part of our continued effort to support external initiatives that serve underrepresented groups, Capco recently collaborated with Talent Beyond Boundaries (TBB) - a non-profit organisation that helps refugees and displaced people access job opportunities. Their mission is to connect skilled refugees with companies in need of talent, thus offering economic opportunities and providing a path to stability and self-sufficiency.
As part of this engagement, four Capco consultants hosted a session on ‘Demystifying Consulting’, sharing their work experience and personal career journeys to provide insight into the world of consulting. The session was designed to help the participants understand the industry, its practices, and the skills required to succeed, with the main focus on how to use personal and professional experience to get started and thrive in consulting.
The panellists shared the importance of personal brand and leveraging existing professional networks. They also explored the topic of transferable skills and provided tips on how to remove barriers to entry by identifying which skills are the best for leveraging opportunities. We ended the session by sharing how community can play a part in helping to bridge the gap, especially for those from marginalised groups. With over 250 delegates engaging with the Capco panel, the event was a great success and is the start of our relationship with TBB.
As someone who works in the DEI space, I frequently interact with organisations aiming to better equip marginalised groups. TBB is a great example of how to support a community through network and direct access to employers. I personally know how hard it is to transition into a new country, having moved to the UK at the age of 10 and barely speaking English. Trying to settle into a new school, culture and environment was extremely hard at such a young age and I can only imagine how difficult it must be to make the transition for a mature individual with years of work experience trying to break into professional services. Identifying ways to support individuals as well as identifying and removing barriers to entry are important goals which I’m proud to be able to support as part of my DEI role at Capco.
There are 32.5 million refugees worldwide, who like most of us have hopes, dreams, ambitions and career aspirations, but have been forced to leave their home countries in search of security and stability. Sadly, there is a negative association with the word ‘refugee’. TBB aims to destigmatise perceptions and support those in need.
The list below is how we have found it beneficial to work with TBB, which can serve as a useful template for those wishing to engage with non-profit organisations as individuals or as part of their professional role.