Session 23: A visit from Kiki McDonough

As the famous saying goes, if you follow your passion you will never have to work a day in your life. But how do you find what really motivates you? And once you’ve found your raison d’être, how can you pursue it successfully? On Tuesday we were very lucky to have a visit from Kiki McDonough, an amazing and inspiring career woman who kindly wanted to share her top tips on this subject with the Go_Girl team.

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Kiki’s true calling came to her aged 30, when she was asked by a friend to design some jewellery. She told us that taking that opportunity wasn’t easy – she had never done anything like this before. What if it didn’t work out? What if she let her friend down? But she bravely accepted the challenge. Some of those early designs are now on display in the Victoria and Albert museum. She has never looked back!

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Kiki was very keen to hear about the Go_Girls’ interests and hopes for the future. One of the young women shared her passion for knitting and showed Kiki some of her latest creations. Kiki gave some great career advice (as a mentor for the Prince’s Trust she is very experienced in this area). Using the power of social media as a marketing tool, and standing up to shake an interviewer’s hand when you first meet them were key take aways. Being disciplined with time and money has also been essential in ensuring Kiki’s success. Importantly Kiki also wanted the Go_Girl team to know that finding what really inspires you can take time. Trying out a number of different jobs is a great way to narrow down what matters to you, but you must make sure that you don’t get stuck. For Kiki finding jewellery design came after over ten years working in various secretarial positions. They paid the bills, but didn’t feed her soul! It’s never too late to try something new – you just need to have the confidence to do so!

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Kiki’s wise words supported us in writing our aspiration timelines for next year. We can’t wait to see what the young women will achieve!

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