Aston graduates to revolutionise school career talks

Aston University graduates, Christos Orthodoxou and Anisa Haghdadi have teamed up to co-found digital start up, Class Careers. The pair met on BSEEN (Birmingham Skills for Enterprise and Employability Network), a business incubation programme funded by the European Regional Development Fund and three partner Universities in the West Midlands. Both were passionate about helping young people fulfill their potential, so it was a natural partnership and Class Careers was born.

Class Careers connects employers directly with students aged 16 – 19 through live webinars streamed from employers’ offices directly into school classrooms across the country. Focusing on school leaver programmes along with advanced and higher apprenticeships. Christos and Anisa aim to raise awareness of different career paths for young people outside of university. They believe that directly connecting and facilitating dialogue between the employer and potential employee will narrow the skill-gap.

Christos, Head of Business Partnerships, left corporate life to focus his attentions on helping young people start their careers with the best start possible. Christos says “I am thrilled to have turned this seed of an idea into a thriving and growing business that will transform the lives of thousands of young people”

Anisa, Head of School Partnerships, recently awarded a British Empire Medal for Services to Education and Young People, believes that digital media is the key to enabling relationships to be built between students and employers. Anisa says “I am passionate about creating new opportunities for young people to fulfil their potential and cannot wait to see Class Careers take the country by storm”

Both are grateful for the support they have received from Aston University through the BSEEN programme and Unltd Higher Education support, which have both provided them with financial and mentoring support to help turn their idea into reality. Christos and Anisa also recently took on a placement student from Aston Business School, Shivani Sharma, who will raise awareness of Class Careers to students aged 16 – 19 through a comprehensive marketing strategy.

Christos and Anisa will officially launch in October 2013, starting with a trial with Pinsent Masons LLP that will be streamed directly to 5 schools across the West Midlands. Class Careers will than launch into schools across the country in conjunction with top employers.

To find out more about Class Careers, please visit or email


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