Words which we often get asked by school leavers, graduates, and those considering a career change. Come to think of it - we ask each other, because it’s interesting - and we’ve all had totally different journeys! Somehow, I find passing on a little about my experience (to those who are mapping out their career plans), rewarding.
That’s why, when I recently saw a post on LinkedIn to join an event for the year 12 students of a local school to ‘Speed Network’ - I knew immediately that I’d volunteer my time to be one of the many professionals [who sat with a name badge, ready to answer questions from the curious students].
My story, has been a series of being in the ‘right place at the right time’ combined with a fair few early starts and late finishes... There’s some brilliant people who have been instrumental too!
I was honest to the students at Myton School about the importance of; making the most of every opportunity, personality and building a strong network around you - both professionally and personally.
Having not completed a full degree myself, my early career was truly shaped by my pure determination to prove to [the] disappointed parents - of a university dropout that I didn’t need the certificate, debt and three years of discussing the industry that I wanted to enter - to be successful. I am a strong believer in work experience, placements and other routes to build the knowledge you need in your chosen field.
I was fortunate enough to find myself at a New Year’s Eve party, (I’d had a break-up over Christmas so my original date was - no more). It was there a family friend talked about a potential opportunity. Which, three months and a couple of interviews later turned into a job offer. And this was the start of learning from the best, being thrown in at the deep end, international travel and fantastic people.
It is because I’ve benefited from people believing in me and having opportunities that we made the decision to at Lid Project to start giving back - offering internships and work experience placements within each of our departments. If you would like to speak with one of the team about joining us - please get in touch with us!