Jack's giving back
Jack Parsons may be just 24 but he’s already experienced the sweet taste of success – and the bitter taste of failure.
Now this 24-year-old founder of a recruitment business which went bankrupt is bouncing back with plans to give two million young people a “meaningful work experience”.
“I am creating a movement for young people which aims to shake up the education and employment industry forever. I am bringing two million opportunities to young people through mentorships, jobs, apprenticeships, advice and so much more,” he explains.
Jack and ex-Havas Media Group boss, Paul Frampton have teamed up to launch the Big Youth Group - targeting people 18 to 30, whether they are looking for their first break in to business, or to start up their own business or to seek a new career.
Jack started what he describes as ‘his journey’ at 18 when he became a NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training.) “I don't want young people to go through what I did but a lot of them are.”
There was he says, no light bulb moment when he realised he needed to improve the odds for young people. “It was more of a ‘right, it’s time to give back and make good in this world’ moment.”
Now he’s spurred on by the thought that: “There’s always going to be young people out there who don’t know what they don’t know.”
Despite such passion and optimism, he’s had to overcome some difficult obstacles.
“On my social channels recently I’ve been posting a lot about mental health, because I recently got myself out of a situation that was giving me a lot of issues,” he says, adding: “It was like swimming in a pool full of sharks and scuba divers with knives.
“Thankfully that’s all in the past and I’ve moved on from this saga. I’ve not been silent about it, I’ve reached out for help and been overwhelmed by the massive wave of support and energy. It was heart-warming, energising and inspiring.”
Now he says waking up every morning and working towards a positive, social goal is the best bit of what he does.
“I’m an early riser, so it gives me more time in the day to work towards helping young people. People may scorn me for working towards such an ambitious goal, but in all honesty what are they doing for the good of society? At least I’m trying and giving it my all. I remind them that Rome wasn’t built in a day, but it was built. Give me time and I’ll get the resources I need to bring my vision to life.”
If he could he would offer this advice to his 16-year-old self. “Have a rough idea of what your passions are. It doesn't have to be bang on accurate but as long as you know roughly what you enjoy, whether that's football, gaming, or makeup it doesn't matter. There’s lots of careers and opportunities in all those areas … and it’s just about letting young people know that.”
As for the future he is, he says, determined to achieve his goal. “I am determined to make this difference for young people.”