Ridha grew up in Hackney. As a child, she experienced the disruption of moving around from refuge

and council housing. Though it was hard for her mother bringing up Ridha and her sisters alone, she

was extremely supportive, and was thoroughly proud when Ridha was the first in her family to attend


After graduating, Ridha believed that she would sail into a job. There were no working professionals

within her family, and women were often expected to focus on their home lives, so Ridha experienced

a lack of guidance when it came to job hunting and practical skills, which sometimes held her back.

After a long string of rejections, she found herself not only demotivated, but also choosing not to apply

for roles because she didn’t believe she’d get them.

An MTL Fellow who was a good friend of Ridha’s recommended she come here, so she began the

workshop to learn the essential soft skills she’d need to succeed. With MTL’s help, she learned not

only how to job seek effectively and present herself in a corporate environment, but also developed

her confidence. She then progressed on to MTL’s Corporate Careers Programme. Ridha put in the hard

work, aware the practice of psychometric tests and weekly presentations would put her in the best

position for applying to top firms. MTL helped Ridha secure a prestigious graduate scheme at a top

ten auditing firm, where she will also be studying for the ACCA – an internationally recognised

accountancy qualification.

‘After incessant job applications, MTL helped me secure an amazing graduate scheme. Throughout the

application process, the MTL team helped me prep for the interviews vigorously and really believed I

could achieve this, even more so than I believed in myself. When I got the call back from the firm

offering me a job, I couldn’t believe it!

The MTL team help bring out the best of young people and show them that they can achieve whatever

they want to. I will be carrying through what MTL taught me, and hope that others are able to benefit

from the services they provide and their amazing team the way that I have been able to. To any young

person considering coming to MTL, I would say go for it!’

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