Class of 2011
After finishing Fir Vale, I attended Longley Park Sixth Form where I studied Maths, Further Maths, Business and Economics. I wanted to attend The University of Sheffield and for that I needed to get an ABB in my subjects which I successfully did. University was an amazing experience and I got to meet so many people from all over the country and the world. Three years went by before I realised, and I was happy to be graduating with a 2:1 in Business Management.
However, before going into the world of work I wanted to travel a little and managed to secure a placement in University of Amsterdam summer school. After 4 amazing weeks in Amsterdam I came back to the UK and a week later was off to Uganda. I wanted to go to Africa for volunteering but couldn’t find anything that was suited for me until I came across Balloon Ventures and with their help I was off to Uganda to do my little bit to help change the world.
I was tasked to work with local entrepreneurs helping them to bring their businesses to life. Once we showed the business works and is sustainable then they could apply for funding from the organisation to grow. This was one of the best experiences of my life and I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in volunteering.
Once I returned from Uganda, I trained to become a business analyst with FDM Group. My first job in the corporate world was at Aviva where I did a year as a business analyst. Time flew past and I got to work with so many professionals in different areas of business and learnt so much from all of them. Looking for a change I then moved to HSBC.
I thoroughly enjoyed working there and met some amazing people. However, I realised that working 9-5 Monday to Friday just wasn’t for me. The only way to avoid this was to start my own business so I took the plunge and left HSBC. I instantly regretted my decision as the business I was looking to start required a lot more experience then I had so now jobless and no income I was applying for jobs again.
As I was applying, I was also searching for other business ideas I could get into and that’s when I came across social media marketing. I did a lot of research and watched so many YouTube videos and even paid good money to do an online course. During this time, I heard back from one of the job applications and they asked me to interview. The interview went very well, and they offered me a job which I reluctantly took as I hadn’t been earning for a few months. However, due to Covid-19 my contract wasn’t renewed and so after 3 months of working there I was out of job again. This proved to be a blessing in disguise as now I could focus full time on my marketing agency.
The lockdown provided a unique opportunity as I could work as hard as I can without distractions and the results are starting to show. I will continue to work hard on my agency and achieve financial freedom so I can provide a better life for myself and my family.
Message to Students
School is an amazing experience and one you will remember for the rest of your life so enjoy it as much as you can and look at the positives in everything. Take time to learn something new everyday and always be open to new opportunities. Start that new YouTube channel you’ve been thinking about or joining those dance classes or learning that new language. There is never a perfect time so start now and make it perfect! …and remember you are only limited by your beliefs and your imagination.