A Young Knight Makes Their Own Future
by Nicola Knight
Hi, my name is Nicola Knight and I am a 22 year old with a big dream - and I am making it happen.
I left school at the age of 16 with a few GCSE's and not really a clue as to what I wanted to be when I grew up.
So I decided, as most young women do, to go and work in Retail until I decided what it was that I wanted to do. I worked in New Look for about a year and it was only when my legs felt like they were going to fall off I decided to try something else.
I did (as I'm sure a few do) scatter my CV around hundreds of companies in the local Bromley, Maidstone, Dartford area trying to find any work that included my skills, typing, office, talking, socialising etc. Still all very unplanned.
I was then contacted by a firm of solicitors based in Bromley that were recruiting young people and training them to become solicitors. I thought "great"!
But 3 years later, I was still no closer to becoming a solicitor, and I decided I was fed up with suing people and being screamed at by irate clients so I switched to a job as a personal assistant for a marketing company based in Dartford.
I did this for all of 3 months when the opportunity for a sales based role became available to me based on my personality I was offered the job. I took this and within a year I was the top sales person (and youngest) they had for a year. I was beginning to find my real strengths.
Unfortunately, this company were taken over by a much larger corporate company and I found myself spending more time on Excel spread sheets and less time with clients so I decided, based on the skills I had learned that I was ready to start my own business, Cogent PR and Marketing
I did this in November 2010 with my business partner and we both have not looked back since! I am more confident, I have learned a lot about how a business works and how to treat staff and clients and I can honestly say this is the best career decision I have ever made!
It took me a while to find what was right for me, but now I feel like I have really found my niche.