Graduate stories: Massi

Massi graduated from our Employment Preparation Programme in 2021, we caught up with him to find out about life after the House and his journey into Good Work.

What were your highlights from your time at the House?
Starting the at the House on my birthday was definitely a highlight! I was wearing a cool outfit and Brian, the Programme and Employment Manager, even complimented me on my bow tie. I brought homemade brownies to share with the other participants and staff, and in turn was surprised with cupcakes as a present. It was an amazing start and it only got better from there. We were also blessed by incredibly good weather throughout the programme. Every day was unique, as were the workshops and everyone who made this possible for us.

Since graduating, what has life been like for you?
Well, it has been a year since and I can’t believe how quickly it has passed; I have been busy. And time always goes quick when you’re having fun, I mean cause living is fun especially when it is challenging.

Can you tell us a bit about what you are doing now and what it’s been like getting there
I work part-time at Miznon, probably the coolest street food eatery in Soho. I get to meet so many awesome people and have so much fun doing it, I’m not even sure I’m working! I’m also enrolled as Support Worker for the NHS. I work in Mental Health studying towards becoming an Occupational Therapist, I have been so blessed to be part of an outstanding team. Another thing on the horizon for me that I am very excited about, as the next PLACE TO BE (and so flamboyantly fashionable right in the heart of Soho) is *Drum Roll* The Broadwick – here I come!

Has there been a pivotal moment that has stood out for you in your time since graduating?
Every single person I have met so far, since my first day at the House, has had an important role and stood out to be essential in the past year, particularly, my mentor and very good friend Jon.

What advice would you give to our latest graduates?
Stick around, you never know what’s around the corner or right in front of you.

Is there anything else you would like to share?
This is just the beginning…well, another one because the end sounds a bit dramatic!

To find our more about our Employment Preparation Programme, head here.