From left to right: Victoria Manari; Francesca Fraser, FT head of advertising customer services EMEA; Millie Potts

The FT’s commercial department offers a bespoke work experience programme designed to help young people build confidence and skills for their future. Activities include career talks by FT employees, Q&A sessions, office etiquette, interview skills, CV workshops and more.

On average, mentees reported that their confidence in job prospects nearly doubled as a result of the programme.

Hear from two work experience mentees about their time at the FT’s headquarters in London.

By Victoria Monari

My time at the FT has been one of the most useful and insightful work experience opportunities I have had the privilege to undertake. Being at the FT has taught me not to be afraid of working or stepping into a new environment. My initial perception of the FT was one of seriousness - however, after being exposed to the commercial floor and the sales team, I witnessed how fun, relaxed and rewarding the environment can be.

I gained useful insights into the different types of roles at the FT by scheduling and attending various meetings with people who worked in communications, marketing, sales and editorial. Moreover, learning about the different routes people took to get their chosen careers was also very interesting. I would definitely be interested in returning to the FT for further work experience or any other opportunities which may arise.

By Millie Potts

My work experience at the FT opened my eyes up to an array of different jobs and departments that make up a media company.

I was very nervous before I arrived, but as soon as I got here I felt comfortable and happy. Over the week I had one-to-one sessions with a lot of people from different departments. Each person I met was helpful and made me feel at ease. Everyone has been friendly and inclusive.

I spent part of the week working on a project about disability accessibility in FT offices, which helped me develop skills in working independently and managing my time effectively.

I also took part in a workshop with a charity called Better Bankside. I listened to talks from FT employees and learned about what employers look for in an interview and how to write a successful CV. I was able to do a practice interview, which was very useful. After this workshop, I began to write my own CV with support from my FT manager.

Overall, my time at the FT was amazing. I learned many valuable life skills and gained so much knowledge and advice for my future. It has given me an insight into a working environment, and I have massively built up my confidence. I am grateful to have had such a great experience.