Kwaku Aning Having graduated with a BA in International Relations from the University of Nottingham and an MA in Global Security from the University of Sheffield, I had my heart set on securing a role in PR. My Masters allowed me an extra year to think about what I truly wanted to do, instead of rushing into a job after my undergraduate degree like many of my peers did. My first taste of PR came via a PR graduate evening ran by Edelman and after that, I was hooked. However, after short stints working in Parliament for an MP, and the now-defunct Bell Pottinger, I was struggling to secure a full-time role. Fortunately for me, a close friend from university suggested I apply for the Taylor Bennett Foundation Scheme after he had undertaken the programme himself. Following a tough but thorough application progress and assessment day, I was one of the lucky six admitted onto the programme, sponsored by MHP. I can honestly say that the programme changed my life and gave me the platform I needed to enter full-time employment. The programme gave me an in-depth understanding of the PR industry (working on live and old client briefs), key PR skills, taught me the importance of networking and offered me a support system that allowed me to thrive. By the end of the traineeship, I had a seven-week internship with MHP, as well as two job offers from FTI Consulting and Golin. The programme equipped me with the skills and tools I still use to this day and will be with me for the rest of my career. I entered the TBF programme struggling to find an opportunity in the PR industry to showcase my potential and left the TBF programme with two job offers from top London PR firms. To say that the programme has been transformative to my life is an understatement. I have now been at FTI for over two and a half years and was recently promoted to a Senior Consultant.