Posted: 30 Apr. 2021 5 min. read

Futures Month

Lakiesha’s story

Lakiesha Maxey is proof that working with young people can reap rewards. A former pupil at John Madejski Academy in Reading, she joined the firm as an apprentice after she was motivated by a Deloitte careers visit to her school as part of the 5 Million Futures programme. Now, a volunteer herself, she manages our partnership with the school she once attended.

To celebrate our Futures Month in May, we’re sharing the experiences of inspiring Deloitte individuals who are giving back to society. We hope the event, which encourages our colleagues to join one-off, two-hour volunteering sessions, provides even more people with the opportunity to make an impact that matters. And to feel good about themselves.

Here, Lakiesha tells us how her volunteering story has come full circle…

Deloitte had a big impact

When I was at John Madejski Academy, Deloitte volunteers came in to speak to us about the firm’s apprenticeship scheme, graduate routes and work experience opportunities. They were great – the advice and support they gave hadn’t been available to us before. I got talking to the relationship manager afterwards and thought, ‘Do you know what? This is something I want to do.’

I spoke to our careers advisor at school, got some work experience at Deloitte and loved the company values, so applied for the apprenticeship scheme. The rest is history.

Without the support of those volunteers, I would  probably have gone to university, which is definitely not what I wanted to do. They had a big impact on my life and I’ll be forever grateful.

I love giving back

I’ve been part of our volunteering programme since I joined Deloitte and I took on the role of relationship lead in Reading two years ago. It’s been amazing to be involved in something so positive, I love giving back to the community.

Our volunteers work closely with John Madejski Academy through our 5 Million Futures initiative and have taken part in things like CV workshops, mock interviews and careers fairs. We’ve recently set up a mentoring programme – the first in Reading – and the school is very excited about it.

We’ve had such great feedback from the head teacher and even some of the students have emailed us to say thank you. It’s a nice feeling. You’re happy knowing that you’re giving them advice and support they need and that you’re making a difference.

Just be yourself

I’m passionate about volunteering and it was something I really valued about Deloitte. Having been on the other side, I know how much it can mean to someone’s life. 

It makes you feel good, which has been so important during COVID-19 and we can have just as much impact virtually.

If anyone is interested in getting involved, they should 100 percent go for it. You don’t have to be super-confident, just be yourself, be present and be supportive. That’s all that matters.

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Charlotte Boyle

Charlotte Boyle

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Charlotte has been working at Deloitte since 2011 across various marketing roles. She has been part of the firm’s Responsible Business team since 2016, managing marketing and communications for One Million Futures and the recently launched 5 Million Futures programme in the UK.