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Shayla’s Journey with upReach
Shayla joined the RISE programme in 2016 during her first year at the
University of Southampton. Shayla received multiple graduate role
offers, and now works at Deutsche Bank.
“My upReach Programme Coordinator was very supportive. She made
sure I stayed proactive in my applications throughout all 3 years of
university and kept me informed about all the activities and Insight
Days held by both upReach and all their partner firms. She became
more like a friend to me throughout the 3 years.
upReach provided me with invaluable resources to make sure that I not only excelled when
it came to applications, but also helped me to work on key skills that equipped me to excel at
university and in employment. In addition, the upReach society at my university helped me to
connect with students with very similar mindsets and allowed us to create an initial network
within our own university which extended once we all entered employment.
upReach played a massive role in securing my summer internship at Deutsche Bank. I
was given a mentor from Bank of America and she really helped me stay on top of all my
applications and provided me with insight into different roles so I was fully informed about
where my strengths were and which role I would be best suited for. Having secured the
summer internship, I was given a return offer for the graduate scheme at Deutsche Bank. To
add to this, because of the partnership upReach has with KPMG, I also managed to secure
an offer at KPMG. I was fortunate enough to attend a Professional Experience Week at
KPMG, which really helped me learn about the values of the company and where I could fit in.
upReach helped me reach a very favourable position in my third year of university, where I had
the choice of 2 graduate schemes and could pick which one I thought would be best for me
and focus the rest of the year on my studies rather than worry about my employment status
upReach made a massive difference in my life. I have and will always promote it to all the
university students I know. I cannot stress enough how much dedication and time all the staff
have spent on making sure all our applications are polished before they reach our desired
employers. The number of students that are now in amazing institutions in a large range of
fields is a true testament to how well students are looked after.”