Interning at the Forward Institute

My name is Tolu and I study chemistry at Warwick University. I heard about the Forward Institute from my sister’s friend and I decided to research the company. I immediately fell in love with what they do. It was so important to me as an 18-year-old, that people in the UK (consumers & customers) had better faith in organisations that have legitimate authority. In addition, as a lover of communication and creativity, it was nice to see an institute that has a structure where people learn from one another to see both similarities and differences, to me, this leads to creative thinking.

In the environment I grew up in, having no faith in organisations is not an uncommon sight and my community constantly complains about the issues they have with organisations across all sectors. So, I’ve been taught to be cautious of organisations, whether that be becoming an employee or being the customer. I knew that eventually I had to challenge my trust issues.

The way the FI challenges people, by asking the right questions, is an amazing way for me to break down the wall I had built up. Their approach to tackling these problems was what resonated with me the most. Changing the way leadership is performed will lead to a more responsible and accountable society, where trust and deliverance is prevalent, and this is more effective when reminding future leaders of what good leadership looks like.

During my summer internship, I have had the pleasure helping Camilla. This has allowed me to get a real feel of what it is like to work for the Forward Institute. Furthermore, it has showed me that creativity and business can co-exist, as I had the joy of completing two big projects.

The best thing about working at the institute is the environment. It can be quite daunting to work in an office called the FORWARD INSTITUTE, it has so much gravitas. I couldn’t help but think that I was going to mess something up or that I had to carry myself in a particular way, even if that meant feeling uncomfortable. But to my surprise, the team is so welcoming, and the general vibe is relaxed, which was not what I expected. I feel like I can totally be myself without the fear of judgement.

Tolu putting together welcome packs 

Tolu putting together welcome packs 

I chose this photo because it is authentic. It shows my excitement welcoming the new cohort and shows my enjoyment of working with the FI, I know that this year is going to be amazing for both the fellows and the FI team. I can’t wait to see what it brings!

I would officially like to welcome cohort 2018 to the Programme. From what I understand from reading Fellows’ accounts is that it’s going to be a fun, interesting and challenging ride and that in the end you will feel renewed, accomplished and more determined than you have ever felt before. Welcome to the ever-growing FI family!!