Planning for my future: Thomas's Story

In his own words, Thomas was lost before the Future Frontiers programme. Following a turbulent year of school closures and exam cancellations, he started Sixth Form without an idea of what he planned to do when he left school.

Thanks to his work with Jodie, a volunteer coach at James Hambro & Partners, he is now determined to study Computer Science at a top London university. Longer term, he plans to turn his technical skills to building programmes that improve employment opportunities for others.

Thomas was amongst the cohort of young people who had their opportunity to take their GCSEs in 2020 taken away from them by COVID.

After 6 months out of school, in September 2020 he entered his school Sixth Form and embarked on A Levels in English and History alongside a BTEC in ICT and an Extended Project Qualification.

He tells us:

“Before the Future Frontiers programme, I was lost. At the start of Year 12, I sort of went through a phase of panic . It was like, “Ok, so now I’m in Sixth Form but I don’t know what I’m going to do next. And I had been out of school for so long, with so many months of not studying, that it was a bit of a shock when I had to get back into a routine of learning.”

“I didn’t know what career path I wanted to follow, and at school there had never been much emphasis on it. It was only really when my teacher told me about the Future Frontiers project that I though, okay, now I have an opportunity – a platform – where I can find a way forward and plan for my future”.

“I knew I was interested in English and IT, but I wasn’t sure what industries I wanted to work in. Working through the activities in the programme helped me narrow down my options and pick what I want to do next: Computer Science at university.”

“I had been worrying about what I should study at university and the programme helped focus me: I have a plan for what I to do now.”