I'm an ordinary, hard-working woman and have climbed the corporate ladder vigorously. At 25 I was already earning a 6 figure salary & won every award along the way. At 26 I was managing employees 20 years my senior and hosted a business radio show on the side. My whole life up to this stage has just been: Go, go, go! But something lacked.
If it's the 'corporate grind' that's causing the problem, now may be the moment to break away completely and create your own opportunity, setting up a business that allows you to follow your true dreams and aspirations. After all, it's pursuing a passion that will drive you forward and give you the extra push that's needed when the going gets tough.
The consequences of unemployment go far beyond the immediate impact on a young person's life. It's not just that they have no money, that their self esteem may be damaged and that they are unable to get the start in life they had hoped for. There is another, less obvious, but far more insidious consequence.
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.
This week, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released some encouraging news about the state of employment in the UK - youth employment is on the up. However, nearly a million 16-24 year olds are still left without work. For many young people, this is a desperate situation. Any length of time with little or no work is an extremely difficult cycle to break.
Just over 12 months ago 'Styled By Africa' was still in its scribble stage. A time when myself and my best friend Alae Ismail were frantically scribbling brainstorms on bits of paper in university libraries between lectures, on the tube, even hiding in cupboards in our part time jobs to discuss our idea over the phone. A year later, and it has grown into a fully-fledged website highlighting creative businesses from Africa...
My advice to future film school students would be to try and make each piece of work better than the last. I look back on the work I did at film school and find most of the early stuff I made cringe worthy! It sucks! It's worth remembering that it only takes one piece of work to kick-start your career and every time you get behind a camera you have a chance to make that film.
Negotiation is one of the most important skills you will ever learn. It impacts on almost every part of our lives and if you develop good negotiation skills you will get better results from every deal you do, in all aspects of life. It was the very best thing I learnt at Business School and a skill I have put into practice daily, ever since.
As a woman I don't think I'm supposed to like the lyrics to Blurred Lines. I definitely don't think I'm supposed to like the video. I'm talking about the banned version where all three girls are naked and basically submissive throughout. (It's very easy to find on the internet by the way). OK, let's get down to it...