We are delighted to introduce Katie Dominy, who has supported our City Of Change campaign through Soil Association.

Why did you join the City Of Change campaign?

We had an exciting short-term opportunity which we believe offers a creative, events and community driven young person not only the chance to gain some great work experience but could add value to our existing team. With our HQ in Bristol we wanted to support our young people, as we don’t always find it easy to reach out, and so our partnership with Babbasa offered a great platform to do this.

What do you think young people may contribute to your company?

We are looking for a fresh outlook and insight on our planning, delivery and impact at events… We think young people will at times engage with and experience this world differently to how we have before, and want to create a path for that passion and insight to be shared and heard. As citizens of this world, we want them to share their knowledge and desire of a sustainable world now and for the future by observing and being part of the impact we are trying to make.

What do you hope younger people may contribute to your company?

Insight, experience, a voice that isn’t well represented in our organisation but one we want to hear from. We often fall into patterns of how we do what we do and so we hope glimpses of new ideas or ways of working will be offered.

What do you think companies may be missing by having a lack of younger voices/influence in the company?

Diversity of thought, a critical criteria for success, in organisations can only come from a diverse range of voices, experiences, outlooks and insights. Younger individuals are citizens of our world, living and breathing it every day, and they are the future, so organisations should create opportunities and pay attention to what they have to offer. We are just at the start of our journey really grasping this and what it means for us, and how we can create more opportunities such as apprenticeships or work placements, but with Babbasa’s support we hope to make great steps forward.

What advice do you wish someone had given you at the start of your career?

You don’t have to have it all worked out from the moment you finish school… Life is going to take you forward and at various times the path will split and you choose the direction to take (whether you want or have to choose). It’s amazing if you know what you want to do, and great if have a feeling of what it might be (for me I always knew it would have a people connection) but the “where you end up” might look different at different points in your life and that is ok. Enjoy the journey and grab everything that the experiences offer you and know that you define who or what you are “when you grow up”.