17 May “I love sharing how EYP set me up for success in my career,” Nathan Hunt
Nathan Hunter (UA) is an EYPer who has been fundraising more than 5,000€ per year for EYP through his company’s Social Responsibility Programme. Having finished his term as the president of Europe’s largest student-led policy institute, thriving as a trainer in the EYP, getting a first class honours from King’s College London, obtaining his MSc in HR Management, performing spoken word poetry for two TED talks, and completing Apple’s leadership program in their 8th largest store worldwide, Nathan is now a Global Trainer for Appian, a low-code business app development platform.
Do you think that EYP helped you get your current job? If so, in which way?
EYP was the main reason why I got a leadership graduate scheme with a Fortune 500 company due to the leadership experience our organisation exposed me to at such a young age. When interviewing for my current role I was asked questions such as “Tell me about a time where you had to overcome adversity”, “Tell me about a time where you failed while leading a team”, “What does leadership look like for you”, “Tell me about a time where you managed to lead a team when someone else couldn’t” someone in their early 20s leaving university would struggle to answer these questions, however, having had the ability to lead large scale events in EYP gave me all the stories I needed to have an edge over others to get the role.
EYP was the main reason why I got a leadership graduate scheme with a Fortune 500 company due to the leadership experience our organisation exposed me to at such a young age.
Do you use skills you learned at EYP at your current job?
Every day. EYP gave me the skills to lead an unpaid team to complete tasks and work hours that most paid workers would find demanding. I learned how to lead through motivation, through recognition, and through vision & purpose. EYP’s feedback culture gave me the humility needed to grow as an individual in the workplace. All my senior leaders have told me that they have never met anyone so easy to feedback before, this is thanks to EYP.
Can you tell us more about the Social Responsibility Programme?
My workplace, like many large companies, supports their employees through charity matching; when an employee donates their time or money the company matches the donation. Through this, I am able to fundraise more than 5 000€ per year for EYP.
What were your reasons for donating funds to the EYP’s NC Support Fund?
EYP changed my life. It is the organisation that made me the person I am today. Knowing that I am not only able to continue to give back to EYP by bringing my new skill set to the organisation through training, but that each time I do I am also able to help support NCs through additional funding, truly pushes me to continue participating in EYP even after seven years.