The one thing I'd wish I'd known starting university is how important your network is. When it comes to finding jobs or potential opportunities this is essential. It can mean that if you don't have the right grades someone can vouch for you on the inside. Most people just need a chance to show what they can do and sometimes a quick word from a friend can be that chance.
Sitting on the rooftop of Gladys's juice bar in Freetown, I was having an informal chat with some of the women my foundation supports. This wasn't my first trip to Sierra Leone. I was there for International Women's Day in March and had spoken then to some of the women. But this time I got to have a long, in depth conversation with them about the difficulties they have faced as women entrepreneurs and what benefits they get from participating in the country's first network for women entrepreneurs, which is what the Foundation has helped to set up here.
A good networker makes sure they have the right contacts and that their contacts are aware of what they have to offer. You can make contacts in many different ways, through introductions at work, through social media or through events or conferences. But however you make your contacts, you choose them for the right reasons.
However, I have noticed that much talk surrounding "Lean[ing] In" has centred mostly on women who already in the workplace. Whilst I have nothing against this, I feel as though younger women, girls of my own generation in the UK who are still in school, are, comparatively, missing out on this exciting 'buzz'.
Today's job market is tough. And there's no reason to imagine that it's going to get any easier any time soon. There's only one reliable way to get a job. We all know what it is, and mainly we try to ignore it, because it feels uncomfortable. It's about going out there, talking to people and making new contacts.
With GetLunched, you can find people near you with similar interests, personal or career-wise, and schedule to have lunch with them. That way, you are able to meet new people within the workday. It also makes for a more productive lunch hour whilst giving you a mandatory screen break.
News has broken that David Cameron is to set up his own personal Twitter account, much to the horror of the political journalists on the Telegraph. They tell me that Twitter is where all the "conversations" are happening so I suppose it makes sense to be part of it. But not everyone agrees. My cynical and unemployed friend Derek was unsurprisingly scornful.
Like any start-up, I've been growing my business - or attempting to - by embracing the new forces of social media and networking. I've managed to combine both activities by joining the exciting new breakfast group HashtagConnect! which combines face-to-face networking with coaching in how to get the best out platforms such as LinkedIn and Twitter.
If you take one mantra away from university (no, not 'first year doesn't count'), let it be that in life, it's all about who you know, not what you know. Building up a hefty little black book, knowing someone who can put you in the right company and having impressive names on your email is what will count.