Why did you decide to join the City Of Change campaign?
The City of Change campaign is an exciting opportunity for us to give back to the local community, at a time when support is greatly needed. We wanted to find a way we could continue to support more young people looking for their first “big break”.
We’re excited to partner with Babbasa to give people from differing backgrounds the chance to explore an industry that they may not otherwise be provided access to. We feel this is a wonderful way to reach a talent pool of people who may not have the confidence to reach or apply to a company like Torchbox, and in doing so, be part of meaningful change.
What do you think young people may contribute to your organisation?
When we hire anyone, we’re always looking for people who fit our values for making the world a better place – those with passion, enthusiasm, and big ideas for shaking things up. The younger generations’ heart of social justice, passion for the planet, and ability to turn ideas into action is a key value here at Torchbox. We’re excited to bring young people into Torchbox through the City of Change campaign with energy, positivity and a willingness to learn new skills and bring their own fresh perspective.
What do you hope younger people may contribute to your organisation?
We know that young people will be able to bring a natural wealth of insight into UX, being big users of the web, and fresh perspectives into our work. We hope that they will bring new ideas about how we work, their natural wealth of insight into digital users, audiences, and UX. We expect everyone at Torchbox to bring openness, innovation, positivity and commitment – so we’re excited to see how younger people can add to this!
What do you think companies may be missing by having a lack of younger voices/influence in the organisation?
As a company grows and moves forward in 2021 and beyond, younger voices are key to this growth. For us, younger people provide a window into a massive segment of web-users, and openings into other sectors which they represent. If you don’t include younger voices, you can miss out on fresh ideas. They are what will help companies stay relevant and grow into the future.
What advice do you wish someone had given you at the start of your career?
Get stuck in! And don’t be afraid to ask questions and speak up with your ideas. Whatever you’re doing, wherever you start out, you’re unlikely to end up where you expect, so stay open to different possibilities. You may want to appear really experienced, but ultimately, you don’t need to know everything – so don’t be afraid of failing. As you keep going, it gets easier, and you add more and more skills to your belt. Focus on learning and growing, don’t worry about who has more qualifications or a better education than you – experience is just as good as a degree.
At Torchbox, we are an employee-owned company, and the above answers are a collective of responses taken from members of the team.