Students gained a valuable insight into running a business when young Enfield entrepreneur Jamelia Donaldson visited the College.
Jamelia, 25, runs Treasure Tress, a subscription-based online shop selling boxes of hair products for women and girls with naturally curly or frizzy hair.
From creating her business to being motivated and delivering good customer care, Jamelia spoke about all aspects of starting and running a successful company, and how she has recently expanded into America.
Esmeralda Imeraj, 19, who is studying a Level 1 Diploma in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development for Business, said: “Jamelia was very confident and approachable. Seeing someone who has set up their own business at such a young age was very inspiring.”
Sopiya Ragunathan, 18, who is studying the same course, added: “I really admired her very positive attitude. Listening to her talk has given me the confidence to know I could do the same.”
Jamelia explained one way she grew and promoted her business was by hosting tea parties for younger children and their parents, which featured guest speakers, such as hairdressers and bloggers, and demonstrations of hair care products.
During her talk at the College, Jamelia also stressed the importance of gaining good and appropriate qualifications.
At the end of her presentation, students asked a number of questions and shared some of their own business ideas.
“Jamelia was one of a number of visitors invited to the College to give talks to our learners this academic year,” said Jackie Mitchell, Head of School for Business, Accounting and Travel & Tourism.
“Having professional businessmen and women talk about their businesses, careers and experience really helps bring what they have been learning in class to life.”