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Sanju Pal (’06) Ambassador
Studied Maths & Masters in Operational Research, Southampton
Now Consultant at Accenture, , Founder of RISE
Hi, I’m Sanju Pal, I’m an ’06 ambassador and I taught Maths. Prior to that I was at Southampton University where I did a degree in Maths and a Masters in Operational Research. I’m now working at Accenture and I’ve also set up a charity called RISE.
When you go through the Teach First programme you build your confidence in a way that you would never ever imagine, but not just in terms of how you are presenting but who you are as an individual. I think going into Accenture it’s very important to have that quality but it’s also important to know who you are and what you stand for. So in all my dealings with various clients, with other colleagues, with managers, I’d say Teach First has given me the backbone of what I’m passionate about in life.
The crucial transferable skills that are required in Accenture and the world of management consultancy are: being able to communicate effectively, being able to present at board level, being able to negotiate, being able to articulate yourself and speak with confidence. And those are all skills that most definitely were skills that I picked up through my Teach First journey and skills that are so relevant within Accenture. I think that’s why they feel so strongly about doing that programme before you join Accenture and you will potentially be further ahead of the game than other analysts joining the firm.
What’s great, besides being able to exhibit those skills that I’ve developed, is being able to work with people who recognise what the Teach First mission is all about and care about addressing that moving forward.
I spend my time outside of work building on a charity I set up, very much as a consequence of winning the school project competition with the Enterprise Challenge 2008. RISE is all about addressing educational disadvantage in Rural West Bengal in India but also promoting global citizenship and social enterprise in the UK. So we have three really exciting projects going on and, for me, I just think “wow”, I would never have been in this position, making this difference to students, both in the UK and India if I hadn’t have done Teach First.
Recruitment & Selection
Are you the kind of person who could make an impact in one of Teach First’s partner schools? You’ll need bright ideas, gritty determination, awesome communication skills and the confidence to stand up in front of 30 pupils, engage their attention, deflect their jibes and lead them on a journey. It’s a big ask.
At the heart of Teach First is a unique two-year Leadership Development Programme. Challenging, stimulating and practical, it has been designed to develop your leadership skills, giving you the ability to adapt to new or changing situation and inspire enthusiasm and ambition in the classroom.
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