Alumni in the U.K. reach out to share their business savvy with students.
The name of the program says it all: “Ambition to Reality.” Organized by the Wharton Club of the U.K., it aimed to help students achieve their professional goals.
Volunteers from the club connected with 120 high school students at the Charter School in Dulwich, London, on June 19 and covered such topics as resumes, job interviews and public speaking. The event culminated in a presentation competition among the students. After the first day, Wharton alumni shared additional time with the students to practice interview skills.
The students responded well, according to Jon Koplovitz, C’90, WG’95, the club member who ran the event. They took advantage of the opportunity to gain insights and pointers from successful professionals. Likewise, the Wharton alumni enjoyed their experience and were impressed with the students.
Fabiana Eggers, WG’03, president of the Wharton Club of the U.K., added that the funding for this initiative came from an online charity auction organized by its Christmas Party committee.
“We really felt the larger Wharton U.K. community involved and supporting our education volunteering cause,” Eggers said.
The club partnered with the Enterprise Education Trust (EET ) to conduct the event. The EET is one of the UK’s leading business and enterprise education charities and is chaired by Sir Paul Judge, WG’73. The U.K. club has donated more than £2,000 to the EET and committed to three additional volunteer days at London schools.