Dean is a 22-year-old from Southall, West London. He was signposted to the My Future Goal course by a member of his family who works for Fulham FC Foundation. Dean sadly lost his brother earlier this year which prompted him to re-evaluate his own life and has inspired him to do something meaningful.

Being a part of the programme has enabled Dean to channel his drive and enthusiasm towards helping him identify what type of career he wants to aspire to. A turning point for this was the trip to Barclays’ Head Office. On this day, the participants were required to dress in formal attire; Dean fully embraced this and his appearance was immaculate. Dean also used this opportunity to network, communicate and obtain as much information as possible from various Barclays employees on their experiences of working within an office and banking environment.

During the programme Dean has had regular contact with his mentor both face to face and via email. This has proven to be extremely useful to Dean as he was successful with his application for a matchday vacancy at Fulham FC. Dean had his induction in January and commenced the role immediately.  

Another opportunity that Dean seized was a trip to Elstree Film Studios. Dean was one of 10 participants selected for this trip based on previous merit. The trip gave the participants an insight into the television industry and the chance to have a question and answer session with experts within this field. On this day, Dean used his initiative and was lucky enough to go behind the scenes of a live dress rehearsal of a BBC comedy show. Dean then wrote an article about the day which was published on the BBC Outreach website and also featured in the Fulham FC matchday programme. After this experience Dean said: “I am now considering working within TV as a career option, something I would have never thought of before today.”

Now that Dean has successfully completed the course he will continue to volunteer with Fulham FC Foundation. This opportunity will also enable him to gain further coaching qualifications. Along with the volunteering, Dean is going to continue to develop the necessary skills to ensure he is a suitable candidate for the Barclays apprenticeship scheme.