Creative driver and Founder of For Women to Women,a digital resources platform and community designed to empower women to grow in their careers and lives. I help people to create purposefilled lives they love - from getting unstuck in their careers to finding their passion. I've grown For Women to Women from a blog into a community, where we host curated social gatherings to connect millennial women with change agents and industry experts. I have worked with major local brands such as L'Oreal Jamaica, Jamaica Money Market Brokers, The Gleaner Jamaica and Jamaica Public Service Limited as event partners.
I would tell my 18-year-old self to spend more time identifying what I enjoy doing. In your case, I suggest you do the same. Identify what make you feel fulfilled? Then answer the questions, how does it align with what you would like to do or how you see yourself 2 years, 5 years or 10 years from now?
Don't get caught up doing what everyone else is doing, instead spend time exploring your different interests, dream BIG and don't limit yourself.
When I graduated from university, there were very few job opportunities which meant I had to 'start somewhere' with what I had, in that case, I utilised my skills. I used my challenges as an opportunity to kickstart an online business, then created an award-winning blog until I got my front in the door for the field in which I studied - which was an unpaid internship opportunity that led to a permanent position.
What I am saying is, our journeys are entirely different - so be open-minded, don't overlook opportunities and turn your challenges into opportunities, they will be a great tool for growth both as an individual and professional.
If you believe in your idea, give it a shot and invest every time in working on it. But don't dismiss other opportunities. If you get the opportunity to work full-time give it a shot and work on your business idea. Juggle both until you can make headway.
All the best!
I believe it's important to create a brand for yourself outside of your organization - it helps to define who you are and what others can expect from you on a professional level. Personal branding is powerful when it is aligned with your purpose, talent and gifts - it's the tool that makes you stand apart from your peers and competitors.