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Career Ready Programme

At Career Ready we believe that every young person should have the opportunity to reach their potential in life. But the pandemic has made it harder than ever for them. Opportunities cut. Schools shut. Futures put on hold. Together, we have the power to help change this. Visit and join us in transforming young lives.

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Sean McAllister

"I simply would not be where I am now without Career Ready"

Belfast Met's Sean McAllister graduated the Career Ready programme in 2019 after enjoying a 6-week paid internship at Citigroup, a multinational investment banking company.

Career Ready caught up with Sean, who now works as a Middle Office Analyst at Citi to find out how his internship experience coupled with support from his mentor helped kick start a rewarding career.

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Ailin Attarzedeh

"My first year in Belfast was lonely but I’ve built a network I can count on"

"I came to Belfast as a refugee from Iran at the age of 16 with my older brother as my home country doesn’t encourage freedom of speech or equality. My first year in Belfast was a lonely time for me, I was separated from my brother when I moved into care, not seeing him for several months, and I spoke little English.

At 17, I got a job to support my family back home and, to give myself better future prospects, enrolled at Belfast Metropolitan College to study English, maths, and business. And it was here that I heard about Career Ready."

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Lucy Drummond

"It was above and beyond anything I ever expected"

Belfast Met's Lucy Drummond graduated the Career Ready programme in 2017.  She shares how it transformed her education and helped her secure a role at Citi.

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Career Ready Alumni Students secure posts in Citi

Congratulations to Ross Hill, Chris Wiggam and Lucy Drummond who all studied BTEC Lv3 Business at Belfast Met and were part of the Career Ready programme. All 3 have now secured full time jobs with Citi and it was great to Photo uploaded

hear them pitch their experiences to this year’s new cohort of Career Ready students. Congratulations to all three on their huge success!

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