Management Consultant at PwC
Tell us a little bit about your side hustles. Was there a specific moment that sparked its creation or was it always a buried dream within you?
I currently run a careers blog called A Millennial’s Diary which comes from entering the corporate world and recognising that there were many unspoken rules that weren’t written anywhere. Through my blog I talk openly and honestly about lessons learnt in the workplace and host events IRL through the London women’s network I founded called Now You’re Talking.
I can imagine, there were probably times when it got tough juggling your studies and what you were creating. How did you keep the vision alive?
I kept the vision alive by honing in on the purpose and recognising that everything I created was bigger than me and would fulfil a purpose bigger than I can imagine. I knew how many people’s lives I could change so it became less about me.
As best as you can, describe the best thing you did or decision you made then that helped you dream come to life now?
For me, university taught me a lot about persistence. You may not understand a topic or concept first time round but if you keep studying and ask for help when required you will eventually get there. Now as a young professional, the ability to stay committed and be persistent is so important as the path is less clearly drawn out for you.
Reflecting on your time as a student, what would you (as your current self) tell yourself then?
I would tell myself to not worry as much because everything will turn out more than fine! I would encourage myself to keep making the most of my university experience – chairing the Women in Finance society, mentoring in local schools, working in the Careers service, and making friends from all over the world!
What tips would you give to students who are still pondering whether to implement that idea or start that new business?
Do it! There is no such thing as life-changing intentions. Work very hard, truly believe in yourself and your ability and create something beautiful! Finally, remember to help those around you and have the right support network.
Your venture is heavily people-related and to do with leading a large group of people. What interpersonal skills would you say have served you most?
I would say that the skill that has helped me most is by far confidence. Confidence for me comes from truly believing in myself and my abilities. Through this I can approach opportunities, networking events and mentors confidently and with my authentic self. Once you believe in yourself, others start to believe in you too!
"If your dream only includes you, it's too small." - Ava DuVernay
Keep up to date with Mary on:
Linkedin: Mary Kemi Agbesanwa
Blog: A Millennial’s Diary