A week in the life of a Babbasa work placement student: Bakoto Jobe
Babbasa do a fantastic job of empowering young people in Bristol to get connected in work, education and enterprise, offering opportunities to young individuals from ethnically diverse and less advantaged communities. In partnership with Babbasa, we work closely to provide a space for young people to figure out their career direction and immerse themselves into life at KD over the course of a week. Learning first hand what we do behind the scenes and what opportunities our industry offers. Our latest placement student was sixteen year old Bakoto Jobe. After spending some time with the team she looks back on her experience and time with Babbasa.
How has being involved with Babbasa been valuable to you?
I was introduced to Babbasa in late April and ever since then the charity have put in massive efforts into my future career path. They have assisted me into acknowledging the significant characteristics and attitudes that would be vital when having a job placement and really encourage the ideas of being inquisitive, asking questions and really expressing my ideas which has really helped me settle into my experience at Kinneir Dufort.
Babbasa have also helped me explore my different interests as well as supporting the idea of being open minded to trying various career routes, which has really enabled me to try different job paths. They have also really put determined efforts into exploring different work placements which not only suit my taste but also allow me to try new things.
What have you learnt at Kinneir Dufort?
I have learned so much these past few days; Kinneir Dufort really invest into other partnerships and companies with really beneficial aims such as the Big Bang, TeenTech and Kerning the Gap which I really loved. I also developed my knowledge in one of my main interest which is Python programming with Chris Jones, a Software Engineer, who helped me start a website which was very intriguing and such a massive learning experience. Additionally, in Electronics I had more insight into other projects which was really inspiring.
What have been your best moments so far?
A great moment was definitely the Python project that I worked on with Chris. I learned so much about the programme as well as the different websites that can help me develop my knowledge of Python and the functions of code which I can use in the future. Chris has given me more so much more knowledge, going in depth about how software engineers think and what challenges they go through. Additionally, I also like how I have met so many people and have been involved in discussions with staff at KD, with a friendly and open environment. I have really enjoyed the experience and learning about the different projects that certain staff work on and what makes Kinneir Dufort different.
How has this helped you learn more about what you want to do in the future?
It has really opened my mind about what I want to do in the future; one day I want to produce a project or technology which can help people, just like Frank Water by Katie Alcott or developing and improving basic technology which can be used in medical care or help people with disabilities. This week has really made me aspire to try different things.
You can find out more about Babbasa and their work placement programmes here.