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Sophie Hawkes from Knaresborough got to experience big City life on a day aimed at getting more girls interested in careers in finance, engineering, and management.
Sophie, 17, a Ranger in Knaresborough, travelled to London to take part in SheCanBe, a one day event where she was teamed with a mentor from C.I.M.A. (The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants).

Sophie spent the morning taking part in workshops illustrating daily life working in the City, and meeting inspirational women who have entered these industries already. She was able to meet other young women interested in City careers, and explore ways to smash the glass ceiling in the working world.

Sophie said: “This event really boosted my confidence and made me feel like I can achieve anything. I really enjoyed having the opportunity to talk to inspiring women and have my voice heard. I learnt a lot about what it is like to work in the City, and about great initiatives such as Modern Muse, which helps to make all careers more accessible to girls by providing them with real role models who they can ask questions to about their job/career, for example what subjects would be helpful to take for A level, or what they wish they’d known earlier”
The event was organised by Girlguiding in conjunction with the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.


Following the morning’s workshops, Sophie joined other participants for an afternoon at Mansion House, the office of the Lord Mayor of London.
Research released by Girlguiding on the day revealed that 62 per cent of young women aged 16-24 would consider City careers with more information, and 38 per cent say that seeing women like them working in the City would encourage them into a career there.  Just 19.5 per cent of top City roles are held by women, according to research from the Financial Times.