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 provide expert career advice, jobs and opportunities from employers who recognise the strength of a diverse workforce.
Diversity is about recognising peoples differences and harnessing those differences to create inclusive environments’ and as a result this hub aims to provide:
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
Opportunities to win mentoring sessions with senior professionals
Articles on diversity and inclusion in the workplace
Look forward to journeying with you