I often joke when speaking at events that coming from a Nigerian background, I was left with only four career choices: Doctor, Lawyer, Accountant or Banker.
During my journey to becoming a Lawyer I encountered a number of barriers from: not knowing what I was good at, lack of work experience opportunities, lack of connections in the sector and seeing Lawyers who were all largely white male and from a completely different social economic background to myself.
After studying Law at University I realised it wasn’t the right career option for me and as a result I took some time to volunteer in India and Kenya, in both countries I met countless children with dreams to be pilots, teachers, doctors etc but there were countless barriers: poverty, lack of education and lack of opportunities which meant those career dreams were virtually impossible.
As I began to build my career as a Career and Recruitment Consultant I worked with a range of organisations where there was no one that looked like me a black female in senior management, be that on the board, executive team or head of department.
A combination of the experiences above led me to create Build Potential, with the aim to help 18-35 year olds overcome barriers to fulfilling their potential and discover jobs and opportunities from employers who recognise the strength of diversity.
Diversity is about recognising people’s differences and harnessing those differences to create inclusive environments’ and as a result this hub aims to provide:
Expert career advice on how to get in and progress in your career
A platform to discover jobs and opportunities at entry and senior management level from employers who are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce delivered exclusively through our monthly email and social media channels
Comprehensive CV reviews covering everything from structure, language, job match, risk of unconscious bias and more
Articles on diversity and inclusion in the workplace
Look forward to journeying with you