1) Where and what did you study and when did you graduate?
I studied Spanish at the University of Bristol and graduated in 2013.
2) Where do you live now?
3) Tell us about your job...
So at the moment I split my time between working as a Director for two different companies, Foresight Careers and Vida Digital. In a nut shell, Foresight looks to modernise and evolve careers education in schools across the country and teach students about gaining employability (such as through travel) and Vida is a digital media consultancy, that explores marketing trends within the upcoming generations (basically young people are gaining a growing distain for conventional marketing tactics) and creates campaigns that more efficiently engage audiences using new media platforms. Lots of hard work and late nights but there are great perks to what I do. On the Vida side, we predominantly work with travel clients so sometimes I get to travel the world making promotional videos - I recently went bear watching in British Colombia for Discover Canada and met some of the first nation people, it was humbling and awesome in equal measure. I also did a road trip for STA Travel with the YouTuber Doug which was a real adventure too. As for Foresight, I’m starting to feel like we’re actually having some impact on the way ‘careers’ is taught at schools which is great.
4) What did you want to be when you were younger?
I wanted to be a barrister, believe it or not. I now know it wouldn’t have suited me well at all.
5) What did you do immediately after leaving university?
I worked for a bit at a Kidnap & Ransom insurance company before moving to the city and working in Travel and Cultural PR where I helped launch the National Centre for Circus Arts.
It was daunting, for sure. I had absolutely no idea about what I wanted to do. There were areas I wanted to work in, I knew I wanted to see more of the world, but I couldn’t put my finger on a career at all.
7) If you could go back, what would you say to yourself on graduation day?
I would tell myself that the first five years out of university should be considered a ‘fresher’s week’ for life and not having a clear path ahead is actually no bad thing in today’s world of work.
8) Would you have done anything different?
I would like to have travelled even more and maybe been more productive when it came to being part of university societies and clubs.
9) What inspires you?
Aside from the amazing things I’ve done while travelling, I am inspired by good, friendly people and acts of kindness. I love the notion that every individual has the capacity to do something great with their lives, and in turn for the world. I love meeting people, helping people, interacting with and learning from people.
10) What would you like to say to our graduates looking for inspiration?
I would tell them to shake off the notion that we need to follow conventional career paths and tell them to pursue their passions and interests. Work doesn’t have to be a complete chore – there will always be bad days, but if you are doing something you believe in and enjoy, you will always bounce back.
11) Your three favourite words
Subwoofer, toast and serendipity.
Thank you so much Nick for answering our questions, we totally agree that work shouldn't be a chore! If you're interested to read more about Nick's businesses, do check out Foresight Careers and Vida Digital.
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