Think it Possible is a unique social enterprise that tackles the lack of social mobility in our society today, by connecting young people from diverse background to professionals from all sectors of work in the UK.
This project was created to challenge the status quo, break norms and disrupt the employment market. Our current world of work, from professional institutions to academia to business does not fully reflect or represent the communities we live in. Think it Possible is here to change that.
Our vision is simple.
To empower our young people to break into all aspects of professional work and not let any form of barriers get in their way, be it a glass-ceiling or discrimination.
We do this by partnering up with professional firms that believe in our values and what we stand for and work to harness their expertise to help the young people develop and grow in every aspect of their lives growing up and entering the working world.
This idea was inspired and founded by Anis Aneel Idress, a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, the Partners of Angle House Orthodontics and backed by the Angle House Foundation, which supports and funds local grass-roots initiatives and youth-led projects in London.
We are proud to hold our yearly flagship event called “Breaking Bread with a Professional” – this jam-packed day is a place where CEOs and professionals from leading firms in legal, business, medicine/dentistry, IT, arts, politics, and engineering sectors come together to unlock the raw potential from our young people. They engage in dynamic workshops that are hands-on, interactive and help broaden the minds of attendees and demonstrate the possibilities that are open to them.
These discussions also continue over a delicious lunch where young people are paired with a professional of their choice and have more of a personal discussion sharing experiences, providing advice and essentially networking in a relaxed environment. Our young people come away from this event, better informed, inspired confidence in themselves and more importantly have created meaningful relationships with professionals from some of the leading firms in the country!
What you will get out of the programme:
Below is a list of few lectures which will be delivered at the event
"The social enterprise you created "Think it Possible" is a very unique initiative in my opinion as an academic researcher. From my extensive research in the field of CSR and Social Enterprise, an idea like yours has never actually been carried out in the medical or healthcare sector. You are pioneering the world's first ever inter-generational social mobility programme through your dental practise and its a huge achievement, I have not come across anything like it before."
"I've gained that there's no defined route into anyone's career so I should be open to whatever opportunities come my way and play to my best abilities.
It has had a positive impact as I feel able to accomplish whatever I set my mind to."
"Probably the best networking/careers advice event I have been to. I got the exact details I wanted for the job I want to do in the future. How to get involved, how to prepare myself and by just meeting people who are doing the job e.g Jonathan Birdman from ISD and Young Fabians I learnt that it's no impossible and there are a lot of opportunities available e.g work experience/internships to help develop the right skills to pursue such fields.
Yes, it has made things clearer and precise. Also this event has helped me decide exactly what I want to major in. For example I went to KPMG lecture and I'm glad I did because now I know that I will not be pursuing anything in banking, whereas politics I will definitely be working towards more.
I personally thought the event was brilliant. No complaints at all. Anis has done an amazing job, his passion and genuine interest to help young people succeed inspires me. His hard work and dedication to this job is truly commendable. I just wish this keep going as it has helped me allot and the people I spoke to. Hope he keeps doing these events and changing perspectives and lives of young people like me."
"Making a bond with people high up where I want to be as well as gaining necessary inside knowledge about the job.
Yes, I feel more confident after the networking class because I saw it come through at the event."
"Specific knowledge gained from the lectures. So an understanding of how think tanks and charities work. the different roles available to me from government to charity. I myself managed to secure a one week placement/work shadow with the ISD with Jonathan Birdwell. I also have a meeting with Lotifa Begum with the possibility of an internship into Islamic relief.
I think I already had a high level of confidence, this programme just gave me the opportunity to do something with it"
"I now know more about what I want to do with my life and how to get there.
Yes it has because I have learned how to network with people."
"Aged 15: I was able to mingle with students and other likeminded people who were much older than me however I was able to prove to myself that it is not impossible and that I am mature enough to engage with conversation with any type of person. I also enjoyed it which is something I do not do often, the socialising, the learning, having a laugh and building re pore. I have also been given a bath in positivity, without going into the details of my life. It was just really refreshing.
I want to let you know in the most basic way possible that you are a man with great ambitions and a true inspiration.
Hearing about your achievements and what has driven you. The opposition you faced and obstacles encountered has a value as such no price can be put on it. You predominantly and your event have lead me to realise that whatever I would like to achieve academic or not is possible. I decide my faith. I can make it happen!
I speak to great people, no matter who they are nobody has been such an inspirational figure as you had been in our mere encounter over less than a day.
Keep it up, look forward to hearing from you."
"The ability to effectively communicate with professionals, as well as developing an improved.
My confidence and motivation has increased due to the core lectures and direct interaction with some of the professionals who attended."
"I've gained a great insight into medicine which is one of the closest courses to my desired profession. Moreover, the interview and personal statement writing skill gained were much needed and definitely very beneficial! It was great to be able to talk to a professional and to be able to ask them for future help and advice. Overall, the event could not have been any more helpful! It exactly catered to my needs.
It definitely has had a positive impact on my confidence level as I feel more prepared to make the important decision in the near future about higher education and employment. Moreover, I was encouraged to believe in my capabilities and to give my 100%."
"The insight and knowledge presented to us both in the speeches and the talks with a professional in a sector that related to our interests.
Yes, it has shown me the importance of confidence and how I should always step out of my comfort zone in order to succeed."
"From the lectures I managed to gain a real insight of how life as a professional in the banking industry is to an extent.
"Inspiration- the fact that you don't have to come from a good background but if you have the willingness to work hard you can achieve whatever you want and reach your goals. I gained a possible insight into what a level and post school options I can do but also great opportunities such as uprising.
Yes I came to the event knowing what subjects I was interested in but not knowing where this led me but now I have the confidence in my decisions to have a career in perhaps PPE as I was inspired by the lecturer."
"Importance of putting yourself out there I feel more confident to apply to anything that I want to achieve and realise there is nothing holding me back.
"An Understanding of how to Network with Professionals. Furthermore being able to put this understanding into practice which helped boost my self-confidence.
The event had a great positive impact on my confidence. Moreover it reassured me that the career path I wanted to go down was the right one for me and furthered my understanding of that career."
"Contacts, advice about future.
Yes, information given that reassured me."
"It really motivated me and gave me that push that I needed.
Yes, it gave me real world examples that I could see of success and hard work"
"Gained an insight into the different professions.
Yes, because I was able to speak first hand to successful professionals."
"Confidence in how to get into my chosen profession aswell as useful contacts that will help me get into it.
Yes, I now have a wider understanding of my chosen career path and so feel more confident pursuing it."
"My communication skills have improved as I communicated with loads of people that I had never met before.
Yes, I'm prepared in meeting new people now and I also feel more confident in myself. I talk to a complete stranger everyday now on my way to school."
"Experience in professional situations."
"Knowledge and confidence in the career choice I had chosen."
"Confidence in order to put myself out there and network in the future, as well as making the most of every opportunity.
It has helped my confidence as I got to meet people my age and older who are at different stages of their life and I got to gain an insight into what possibilities there are for me."
"I have gained insights into how professionals got to where they are and what route they took.
It has made a positive impact on my confidence because it has given me the experience for networking with professionals. It has also shown me different routes I can take to get to where I want to be."
"The knowledge of what employers are looking for.
Yes, it has shown that it is possible to enter these careers without having prior connections."
"Most details on profession entry.
Yes due to a better sense of connection to the industry."
"I have gained more confidence in my desired route for the future, as it has enabled me to carefully choose and plan out my future career path.
Prior to this event I was very indecisive about my future career and I was completely unsure about what to do. By going to this event I have learned that there are many different fields and paths to go down by in a certain job. Making me feel more confident about what I have chosen to study and pursue in future."