I graduated University in October 1987 at the crucial moment of stock market crash. Jobs disappeared overnight and our comfortable reliance that the world was our oyster was trashed. Colleagues of mine who graduated as doctors, lawyers, engineers would scramble to compete against each other for the few positions that were available – the rest were left behind. As the world spun into fear graduate jobs disappeared and we were overqualified for the jobs that were available. Well educated, hardworking, ambitious and unemployable. It was scary.
I retreated back to University and completed my Masters whilst working part-time in market research and Youthline. By the end I was over it and ready to get on with my life and start earning money. It took courage, learning to speak to the skills I possessed, my work ethic and attitude and my ability to learn.
I used my unique superpowers to score a job that (as I look back now) set me up for a career in learning and development specialising in translating legal matters into educational events. Ultimately this led to a business I started in 2000 that has employed or contracted many others in turn giving them opportunities.
The 23-year-old me could not see this crystal ball future and in fact it was terrifying. It took huge resilience to get another CV and cover letter out there and to face the rejection letters and the interviews that went nowhere until ultimately in succeeded.