Richard's story

Richard, 28, lives in Accra, Ghana, and didn’t realise IET had a benevolent fund that could help people like him get back into work.

“When I was made redundant from my first job as a management trainee in a manufacturing company, I thought my career was over. I’d recently graduated with a degree in electronic engineering and had only been in work for 14 months. I felt desperate and without IET Connect, wouldn’t have been able to pursue my dreams.

I joined IET in 2007 when I was studying so I could access their documents and resources. After I lost my job, I was talking to an engineering friend in Nigeria who said IET had a benevolent fund. I didn’t know that this type of benevolent fund existed but sent them an email to see if they could help. I gave them information about my financial situation and they offered to help pay my living costs for six months while I looked for work.

Becoming independent again

I was so happy because I could live in my own flat, which I shared with my four siblings in the school holidays. They had somewhere to stay and I felt more positive about finding work. I also bought a laptop with the grant to assist my sister with her final year project work at university.

After eight months, I got a job as in the oil and gas industry in Ghana, so I don’t depend on IET Connect now. Having benefited from the wonderful support IET Connect gave me, I want to give back to my community and become a mentor for young engineers. I’d like to offer career guidance and would always encourage people to join the IET as a means of advancing their knowledge in technology. I plan to study more and want to establish an IET Network in Ghana. There’s always more to learn.”

Having benefited from the wonderful support IET Connect gave me, I want to give back to my community and become a mentor for young engineers.

Richard, Ghana