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Level the playing field

Every person should have access to a professional network that helps them.

The 1 Hour Project is a not for profit organisation designed to match students, who are first in their family to go to University (excluding siblings), from low income backgrounds with industry experts providing invaluable career insights.

Project feedback – a closer look

  • Isaac

    Amazing! Helped me to gain insightful knowledge into the industry I applied to. Relatively quick but helped me to build a connection that I will forever cherish!

  • Emma Petruzzelli

    It was a good experience in talking with a career professional, received good feedback on my work.

  • Yasmine A

    I really appreciate this initiative and its focus on connecting talent from disadvantaged backgrounds to industry experts with the expertise and knowledge in the field. As we all know, connections …

  • Yanjing Lu

    I am very surprised by the quality of experts in 1 hour project. They are all professional and friendly. Hope to meet more people!

  • Erika Tsang

    The 1 hour project allowed me to connect to a very experienced industry expert I wouldn’t have been able to meet otherwise! I learnt so much about what my next steps should be to enter the industry…

  • Ananya Basu-Kaul

    the 1 hour project matched me with someone who was not only from a similar socio-cultural background as me and could relate to my perspective but also someone who had aligned career interests. My m…

  • Chris Pugh

    I took part in the 1 Hour Project in order to learn more about my aspirational career profession – teaching. During the planning stages the team were amazing at keeping me informed with the progres…

  • Sem

    Invaluable opportunity. I would highly recommend to everyone looking to learn more from an experienced professional. You can learn so much in one hour !

  • Tom Hulks

    The 1 Hour Project has provided me with confidence and knowledge when applying to internships and graduate programmes in the industry of my choice. Furthermore, I have built a strong and long-lasti…

  • Yanjing Lu

    The one hour program was amazing, they quickly matched me with a graduate who is from the same university as me and in the industry I was looking for. The first one hour call was also fantastic, my…

  • Sem

    Fantastic opportunity for anyone looking to learn more about their chosen industry.

  • Project participant

    I found my conversation through the 1 Hour Project an invaluable experience. I gained a thorough insight into the career I am pursuing after hearing from an expert’s extensive and varied career. Th…

  • Christian

    Amazing service for students! I would 00000 recommend

  • Antonella Petrocco

    I found the 1 Hour Project very useful. I had the chance to have a meaningful conversation with a professional in the area that I was interested in and he gave me a lot of useful advices and a deta…

  • Miss Joanne Thorp

    Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to be part of the 1 hour project. Steve was absolutely fantastic, very informative and helpful. He gave me a base for where I can look to move my car…

  • Juliana Melga Stender

    I found the project to be a great tool for building connections with people who work in the areas you are aiming for. Through these connections, you can receive tips, advice and maybe be indicated …

  • Mansoor

    This project is a wonderful initiative to enhance equality amongst students by giving everyone a fair chance to explore their potential. The 1 hour meeting with the expert I was matched to was abso…

  • Antonella Petrocco

    I have been introduced to this 1 Hour Project by London Metropolitan University and I found it very useful. PushFar is really easy to use and the feedback you receive from your mentor is very impor…

Meet the 1 Hour Project Team

  • Claire Mason

    Executive Assistant and Events Manager

    Claire is an experienced Executive Assistant and Events Manager with over 8 years’ experience in the Higher Education and Early Careers field. Claire has worn many different hats within her career in sectors including; health and social care, hospitality and finance achieving a number of professional qualifications along the way.

  • Manny Contomanolis PhD

    Senior Associate Vice President Employer Engagement and Career Design – University

    High energy, enthusiastic and creative professional who loves solving problems and helping individuals and organizations achieve their goals. Manny loves to write and speak and engage with people to understand and help address their career related challenges.

    Consulting is a passion as it allows Manny to apply my analytical and people skills with the ultimate goal of making things better.

  • Terence-Perrin

    Terence Perrin

    Globally experienced, award winning expert in Talent Acquisition, Coaching and Learning & Development.

    Terence is an experienced HR professional with a focus on Executive Coaching, Talent Management & Development and Recruitment. He has contributed to various media – radio, press, conference speaker, television – as a subject matter expert in talent management and development issues.  

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    Matthew Molina-Pethers

    Award winning senior talent acquisition professional with extensive global experience.

    Matt is commercially driven and digitally led, and has a strong track record in stakeholder alignment, people leadership and change management in both Retail and HR. He has multi award-winning expertise in talent acquisition, management, development and data driven HR within NA and EMEA. Matt’s focus with Talent Acquisition lies within both early careers and experienced hire.

  • Fiona Belk

    Fiona Belk

    Human Resources Professional

    Experienced Human Resources Professional with an academic background and qualifications in Coach Mentoring, Counselling and Psychology. Specialist in Talent Development and Business Partnering with a demonstrated history of working across a variety of industries including investment banking, energy and telecoms industry.

  • Bob Athwal

    Bob Athwal

    Award-winning coach, author, speaker and recruitment specialist

    Bob has a unique background and perspective, he had been an employer, a vendor and a University. Bob is a regular International conference speaker, specialising in Early Careers, Student Experience and Student Outcomes. Bob has been the recipient of several industry awards relating to graduate recruitment and development as well as careers preparation within Universities.

    “Networking is not about just connecting people. It’s about connecting people with people, people with ideas, and people with opportunities.”​