Growing up in East London, Tower Hamlets, Nadia Mensah didn’t know if her dreams of working in the City would ever come true. While she knew she wanted to pursue Higher Education, which would make her the first in her family to do so, she didn’t have the knowledge of career opportunities, internships or graduate schemes. Luckily, a lunch time career talk at her school by the social enterprise Brokerage, who help students access work placements in the City, helped her get a foot in the door... and the rest is history!
Watch the video below, filmed as part of the launch of our social mobility insight report developed in conjunction with the Social Mobility Pledge, to find out more about Nadia’s journey and how she joined PwC.
Discover how a school talk led to an internship, helping Nadia to progress her dream career
Hi, my name is Nadia and I’m a manager at PwC. So I grew up in East London, Tower Hamlets - between the Limehouse and Poplar area. I went to a school called Bishop Challoner Girls’ School and I also stayed there for sixth form. I always wanted to have a career in the City, but I had no clue how to get involved with it, even though I lived steps away from Canary Wharf. I was really privileged in Sixth form to have an organisation called the Brokerage CityLink come into my sixth form and speak to some of us about opportunities in the City. Through there, that opened my eyes and gave me great connections with people who worked in the City of London and I was able to get a summer internship in between my college years and my university years at Lloyds of London.
Through that experience, I realised that this is definitely something I wanted to do and I now had connections in that area to start progressing my career. As I went to university, I studied economics and finance at the University of Southampton and kept coming back to Lloyds of London to do work experience placements. That gave me more confidence to apply for bigger roles in the City and I ended up getting a summer internship at PwC through an organisation called SEO London who also work with young people from under-represented backgrounds.
Through that internship, I realised that this is definitely something I wanted to do and I got a graduate scheme at PwC. I started that in 2013 and, six years later, I’m still here today.
Social Mobility Lead