In this instalment of our series ‘Getting your dream job’, we share Hernan Gonzalez and Gosia Sztandera’s advice on how to make an impact in the corporate world. Argentinian-born Hernán Gonzalez Merlani works for HSBC, heading up their talent management team in London. He is an accredited coach and enjoys investing his time supporting other people. Polish-born Gosia Sztandera for almost 10 years partnered with companies from various sectors such as, oil & gas, information tec
As part of a series of articles, we will be sharing advice on how to make an impact when applying for jobs across different industry sectors. In this post, we will share Ben Prouty’s advice on how foreign-born professionals can grab the attention of employers at start-up companies. Ben is Co-Founder and CEO of Shepper, a property management company. Prior to Shepper, Ben was part of the early teams at both Streetcar (now Zipcar) and LOVESPACE, the UK’s first storage by the bo
You worked hard at school to get into university, studied for your degree and then gained professional work experience; now, you would like to get your dream job here in the UK. This is the ideal time to start making your CV work for you. Examples and templates are easy to find online, but it is hard to know which one to follow or trust. At Onpartu, we enlisted coach and trainer Gosia Sztandera with 10 years of recruitment experience to co-create and host a video series for f
Agnieszka Grzesiak Onpartu Cohort: 2016 Mentor: Anna Gburczyk-Shraga Education: Masters in IT & Management Before Onpartu... In her native Poland, Agnieszka was a bank IT Support Officer before moving to the UK in 2007. At first she stayed at home with her youngest child, but once she decided to go back to work, she couldn’t find any. With time it became so difficult, that Agnieszka no longer saw the point in looking any more. She decided to change her career and started to w
Aleksanra Lesiak Onpartu Cohort: 2015 Mentor: Liz Kilford Education: Masters in Environmental Protection Before Onpartu... In her native Poland, Aleksandra worked as a laboratory contractor until the 2008 financial crisis left her unemployed. Despite her three university degrees all she could find for months was work as a supermarket cashier. “Totally disappointed”, she left for the UK. The first few months on the island were very difficult for Aleksandra. She survived thanks
Manuela Iovanel Onpartu Cohort: 2016 Mentor: Natalia Garstecka Education: Masters in Accountancy Before Onpartu... Despite six stable and successful years as a bookkeeper in her homeland Romania, Manuela's English was non-existent, as the subject had not been covered at school. However, that did not stop her from moving to the UK in 2007. She had a plan - hold a one-year nanny contract. It ended up lasting five extra years. By 2016, now married and with a boy of her own, Manu
Gertruda Gudaite qualified as a lawyer and worked for the Ministry of Justice in Lithuania. In 2009, she moved to the UK and decided to pursue a different career. She joined Onpartu in 2015 and since the programme's completion she has launched her business. What made you apply for Onpartu?
At the time I saw an article in a Lithuanian magazine saying there was a programme for underemployed women from Central and Eastern Europe seeking for better career prospects, I was just ab