Why did you decide to join the City Of Change campaign?
We joined the City Of Change campaign because it offers us a way of connecting with young people in Bristol and offering them the chance to see inside what, perhaps from the outside, looks like an impenetrable industry. A tech start-up like KETS can seem intimidating and beyond the reach of many of our city’s young people.
KETS is a very deep tech company and our products are based on harnessing the unique properties of quantum mechanics – perhaps one of the most exciting areas of science and technology right now. We’d like to offer a bit of an insight into what’s really involved in developing products in this area and show that the kinds of people and roles we have in the team are both accessible and a valid aspiration for our young people.
And if we can play a small part in helping to change a young person’s aspirations for the future we want to be involved.
What do you think young people may contribute to your organisation?
Bringing young people into the team will offer us fresh and valuable viewpoints and give our team the opportunity to gain valuable mentoring skills and insights.
We’re anticipating that young people can contribute across a number of areas including, operations and finance, marketing and communications and business development. Their natural abilities and unique perspectives will no doubt bring fresh ideas to these areas and perhaps highlight some key things we need to develop further.
What do you hope younger people may contribute to your organisation?
Alternative perspectives, energy and creativity. We hope that as our relationship with Babbasa continues to grow we can offer more placements and opportunities and become a successful, diverse and inclusive company that Bristol can be proud of.
What do you think companies may be missing by having a lack of younger voices/influence in the organisation?
Young people have a unique perspective on the world and are influential voices for change. They have lived through a unique time in history and already have some key skills that are valuable for start-up companies like ours. A lack of young people in the team means missing out on key perspectives and the sense of fun and enthusiasm that they inevitably bring.
What advice do you wish someone had given you at the start of your career?
Don’t worry too much about making the right choices now. Do what you enjoy, take opportunities as they present themselves and always give your best in whatever you are doing. Opportunities and experiences will always lead to more and there’s never a wrong time to change direction and try something new. Seek and accept help, and support others along the way as this will come back to you tenfold in the long run.