What is the best piece of career advice you would give?
Double down on the things which for some reason you happen to be good at. Sometimes those are quantifiable things such as maths, for which you can get a certificate. For others it's skills such as the ability to go into a room and talk to strangers, to get to know people. We spend a lot of time focusing on our weaknesses which are important to improve, but ensure you double down on what makes you special. Those things are where you find opportunities.
I've often had to speak to young people that didn’t want to speak with me so it was my job to bring them on board. I had a stint working with younger children in primary schools and they are ferocious, you need to entertain them and I found I was good at it.
I hosted a panel recently on a prickly subject around council investment and there were residents in attendance who were disgruntled and it was my ability to keep the residents on side whilst giving council employees a chance to speak and facilitate conversation that is my unique skill and what I have focused on.