The Challenge: With the advent of university fees, and high rates of youth employment and lack of access to internships, young people of Hackney are seeking alternative means to kick start their career; sometimes it just an issue of knowing where to start.

We were commissioned by Bootstrap Company & Peabody to devise and programme a suite of events to engage young people and raise their awareness of alternative career pathways.

The Alternative Careers Fair focussed on new growth sectors such as creative industry, tech, and social enterprise. We curated a range of speakers from the relevant industries such as film producer and lawyer George Pank (Slumdog Millionaire, Exit Through to the Gift Shop, Senna and All this Mayhem), production company, Everything is OK, PR agency Echo Empire and Fluency Start-up founder Sinead McMannus to share their experiences and insights as well as tours of local social enterprises Hackney Pirates, and Dalston Curve Garden.

And here’s what some of the young participants and Bootstrap Company felt about it:

“Really useful – loved the tips given – gives a different outlook on employment – all Hackney residents should attend – exciting things around in the local area.”

“This workshop has given me the confidence to express my ideas – as well as giving me better ways to organise them.”

“I have a much clearer vision of my future here in hackney now after this week and have learnt so much. Thanks.”

"It has been a pleasure working with Steph & Ansel from twenty%extra to deliver the 'Alternative Careers Week' workshops at Bootstrap this summer. They bring top level industry insights from advertising, media, film & music and communicate in a down to earth way. They clearly love what they do - and this energy comes across loud and clear in their workshops. It is a very inspiring message, for professionals of all ages. It has doubled the impact for young people starting out in their careers, who are faced with a lot of choices and uncertainty - you could see that everyone was absorbing every word Steph & Ansel said."

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Film by Mr Shemzy // Photography © Owen Davies