Being part of the Muslim Network has really allowed me to give back to BT in a way that I don’t always show through my day-to-day role. Not only has it been great to meet, learn and work with fellow members, but the network has allowed me to play a leading role in our overall strategy and purpose as a network.
A recent Government report highlighted that despite young Muslims achieving excellent grades through their education, they had some of the worst employment prospects out of any demographic within the UK. I took it upon myself to pitch the report to the network Chairs where we used it as a framework to help tackle this problem for both Graduates and Apprentices. From this we created a new function called the ‘Mentorship & Talent Events’ to which I am lead. We host online events targeted at Graduate schemes, roles and industry sectors that ethnic minorities may not be aware of, as well as panel sessions, networking and career talks. Our first online event was a big hit - we're not just here to regurgitate tips from Google, but rather provide a different edge.
My goal is to maximise the platform and show these young people that BT is a place you can forge a great career, and allow you to be proud of your identity and expressing your faith. It’s been a fantastic way to give back not only to the network but also to challenge pre-conceptions some may have about BT and therefore attract a diverse applicant pool.