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Sadick metropolitan clapham park resident

Finding work was a tough job for graduate Sadick Boateng, until Metropolitan stepped in.

Sadick Boateng had been applying for up to ten jobs a day for more than a year, but didn’t get a sniff of an interview.

When Dennis Mensah, Metropolitan’s Clapham Park employment officer, set him up with his first interview, he landed the job.

“For the last few weeks I’ve been a data analyst for Openview, the security solutions company,” says Sadick. “I’m liking it a lot.”

The lifelong Clapham Park resident graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a Business with Law degree in 2015.

Brimful of business ideas, he took a year out to research the various markets, strategies and funding options.

“I’ve always wanted to start my own business,” explains the man who would like to launch an events management company and his own clothing line, “but I felt I needed to strengthen my profile. I returned to university to do a top-up degree, which is similar to a Masters.”

Unfortunately, his plan faltered. Suffering from serious migraines and distracted by family issues, Sadick couldn’t keep pace with the modules or achieve the grades he desired.

“I wasn’t able to finish the course. I left and started to look for a job, but that turned out to be more difficult than I thought. I have a positive outlook, though, and didn’t get despondent.”

It was his mother, a well-known figure in the community, who asked Dennis to help.

“Dennis invited me to the Metropolitan Job Club,” Sadick recalls. “He tried to find out what I was about, what kind of work I wanted, where I needed support. He told me about the importance of keeping appointments and of talking and writing professionally.”

He also gave Sadick a “pep talk” before that first interview. “I had been prepping for a week, it was my first interview and I got the job. Has Dennis had a big influence on my life? 100% yes.”

Now he’s looking to pass his probation period at Openview. He would also like to return to his studies on a part-time basis. And he hasn’t abandoned those dreams of starting his own business one day.

“I’m ambitious,” Sadick admits. “I think about the business opportunities in everything.”