Ashara Giordanelli (University College Utrecht - Liberal Arts and Sciences, 2004) has worked on youth employment in South Africa.
I graduated from University College Utrecht, the Liberal Arts arm of Utrecht University, in 2004 with a BA in Social Sciences. Liberal Arts education can be terrifying because there is no obvious career path upon graduation. So my natural first step was to reach out to my network, and almost by chance I landed a job in the field of monitoring & evaluation (M&E, more broadly known as Data Analysis). I have been in M&E ever since, recently completing an MBA. My career has taken me from Amsterdam to Bogota, Colombia and most recently to Johannesburg, South Africa.
20,000 jobs and counting
For the last 3 years I have been working as a Business Insights Manager for a Non-Profit NGO called "Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator". We help thousands of young South Africans from disadvantaged backgrounds who cannot find jobs due to a lack of education and networks. We provide psychometric and learning capacity assessments to match each person to the most suitable job, offer work-readiness training (free of charge), and present the candidates for interviews to over 250 employer partners (including industries such as financial services, BPO, retail and hospitality, manufacturing, etc.). To date, Harambee has placed over 20,000 young employees in sustainable entry-level jobs. My job is to monitor the programme, gather information and insights about what the market needs, and explore how we can help more young people get a sustainable job.