Gülden Yılmaz / Koton - Co-Chair

There are more than 200 universities in Turkey and every year thousands graduate, ready to step into professional life. However, it is not always easy to find a job right away and simply giving young people who are at the start of their careers a job is not enough either. The First Chance Program also offers training to develop 21st century skills enables young people to join the business world with experience. I find it important for each young person who is about to start working to have dreams about what he/she can do, to recognize his/her own potential as well as that of the industry and the country, and to take a step into the future with this knowledge. Seeing “First Chance” on a résumé tells me that the applicant worked for a civil society organization and therefore developed social consciousness, which is an important criterion that we look for in a candidate. At Koton, we contribute to projects with a focus on social benefit and supporting the young people who will shape our future is also part of this responsibility. This is why we are a supporter of the First Chance Program.