Claudine Adeyemi, who at 16 years old started receiving support from Kids Company, has now launched a mobile app called Career Ear through her non-profit organisation, The Student Development Co. CIC.
Career Ear is a free app which provides young people with a platform to ask career-related questions with responses coming directly from professionals across the UK. The unemployment rate in Britain is currently 4.9% but for 16-24 year olds is disproportionately high at 13.7% and even worse for black people in that age group at 27.5%. In addition, polls have shown that young graduates still struggle to find skilled work. The app seeks to ensure that more young people across the UK are able to make informed decisions about their careers at an earlier stage, empowering them to achieve their full career potential.
Claudine, 26 from South London, said:
“Career Ear is a novel and techie way to address some of the issues we have come across with young people not having professionals in their families or wider networks to turn to for advice and lacking quality careers services at their colleges and universities. This often disproportionately affects black and minority ethnic groups. Professionals and companies need to take some responsibility for helping to develop our young people, some of who have such amazing potential but just lack the access to or knowledge of various opportunities. The app is an easy platform to achieve that.”
Claudine, a lawyer at Mishcon de Reya, founded The Student Development Co in January 2014 and has been working to provide young people from less privileged backgrounds with career-related advice and support. To date, with a team of only volunteers, she has helped over 150 young people.
She won the Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Precious Awards 2015, was recognised as a Rising Star in Law in the WeAreTheCity Awards in 2016 and won the Judge’s Recognition Award in the Women 4 Africa Awards 2016. She is currently shortlisted for a Rising star in Professional Services Award in the Black British Business Awards 2016 and a Positive Role Model for Age Award in the National Diversity Awards 2016.
Career Ear is free to download for both students and professionals and is be available in Google Play Store and App here: