At work we had a work experience student come in and each of our team had to give her a talk and keep her inspired, you know the usual. It made me think looking back now what would I tell my 17 year old self trying to get into a seemingly overcrowded industry and manoeuvre my way through life. So here are a few things.
1. It’s not as hard as it looks.
It may seem that there’s a lot of people doing the same things but once you find your niche, you’ll figure out there’s no one actually doing what you want to do. Once you come to this realisation, fight.
2. Go everywhere meet everyone.
People in corporate companies seemed like aliens to me at 17. I would be ecstatic to just meet someone in a high position from the city. They were probably thinking who is this overzealous child, haha! But as the years went on, I realised they’re not aliens (obviously) and it takes one conversation to change the course of your journey.
3. Figure out your path and stick to it
Your journey is not going to be the same as everyone else's and thats for a reason. Funny little story; at 16 i discovered my dear love for events, i had a “flare“ for bringing people together but everyone around me wanted to get into “normal” professions such as Law and Banking, what did events even mean? But once i got the balls to fix my eyes on what was for me i started to succeed.
4. Have heart
Push the boundaries, you may not be from the best background but the future is for those who have heart. Be fearless, Be deaf to critics (many will come) and let your passion come first.
4. Asking for help doesn’t make you weak
If you’re struggling, speak. If you don’t know, ask. Your network is literally your net worth. Ask those difficult questions on your mind, that might be the one question that changes everything.