Paulina Polak – Founder of Onpartu

Paulina Polak – Founder of Onpartu

Biography

Paulina left her native Poland at the age of 16 to attain her secondary education, initially in Potsdam, Germany and then in Oxford, United Kingdom. While pursuing her BA in Economics at University College London, she became particularly interested in issues related to unemployment, inequality and poverty.
Her academic understanding of underemployment was widened through hands-on part-time jobs in catering and hospitality that not only supported her cost of living in a mega-city but also exposed her to the daily lives of migrants and the stratification of the society that she lived in. Having met many willing, talented and courageous individuals in jobs not matching their experience or education, she started to comprehend the key barriers that faced skilled migrants who were not educated in the United Kingdom and lacked professional networks.
Upon completing her studies Paulina joined the corporate world of investment banking and consulting, which eventually led her to working for organisations that were more values and mission-driven. In October 2013, Paulina became an On Purpose Fellow, and from early 2014 she started to work with a group of likeminded professionals to develop Onpartu a social enterprise, which enables foreign-born women to reach opportunities that match their experience and education. Since 2014 and 2017 Paulina has built, managed and grown the Onpartu, which has about 40 trainers, mentors and inspirational speakers on hand who deliver the programme and aim to provide a personalised support to 500 migrant women in the coming 5 years.
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