Kevin Sheila Kojo Royston Patricia and Kem2The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London welcomed over a hundred young people on Tuesday (18 February) to learn from a host of inspirational speakers who have made it to the top in the media, health and beauty and public life and were willing to share their secrets for success with up and coming hopefuls. The opening panel line-up included Patricia Baffour from Channel 4, Kojo Capital Xtra's leading DJ, Dancer and singer/songwriter Royston Legore, Kevin Morosky visual artist and creative director, and Derek Luke a writer and motivational speaker.

The event was organised by Inspirational You, a careers organisation for 16 – 24 year olds offering highly successful role models as motivational speakers, as well as, the very best advice on career success.

The overarching messages from the media industry experts were:

·        Do your research: Know everything there is to know about the aspect of the media industry you want to enter; who’s who, genres, styles, trends and the latest news.

Visit websites such as and

·        Network, network, network: whoever you meet, make sure you leave a good impression. Social media is brilliant for this. Send a tweet to someone whose work you admire, make sure you have researched their work carefully so that you can give them a detailed compliment accurately - and then ask for work experience.

·        Get work experience: treat every task on your work experience as a networking opportunity and get to know as many people as possible.

·        Be credible: If you use social media for work purposes make sure the language is clean and that you are representing yourself with a serious name.  Tweet, use Instagram, You Tube, Facebook, Linked in and blogging sites such as Tumblr, as much as possible so that people can look you up and see your work. 

·        Make your persona into a brand: use all the social media available to you to create a consistent look and feel or brand identity.

·        Turn negatives into positives: if you face a setback, work out why and then correct it and try again.

·        Be on time: It’s not enough to have great talent.  You have to be reliable and to be at your job on time.

·        Know what you want: You have to know clearly what you want and to be focused enough to get it.

·        Do the boring stuff too: Successful people do the boring stuff that no-one else wants to do too.  They don’t pull a face and do it unwillingly or try to get out of it.  If you’re asked to do the photocopying, smile – you might meet someone useful for networking at the photocopier!

Channel 4s Patricia Baffour grew up on Broadwater Farm in Tottenham, said: “I never thought when I was growing up that I would be sitting in a room drinking tea with David Cameron and Nick Clegg as part of my work” and top comedian and DJ Kojo, who grew up in Hackney, remarked: “It ain’t about where you’re from, it’s where you’re going!”

Patricia puts her success down to gritty determination and Kojo to knowing what he wanted with a lot of good luck mixed with hard work along the way.

Jacob Sakil, Former Youth Mayor of Lewisham and young entrepreneur, Ernest Kouassi, gave thought provoking messages on how young people can take action make sure they have rewarding careers and lives.

Presentation tips were available from public speaking coach, Elaine Powell and make-up and image techniques were on offer from writer and make-up artist, Sherry Dixon.

College Interim Principal and Chief Executive, Jane O’Neill, said: “The College emphasises the need to work with partnership organisations in offering excellent careers advice and routes to career success, so I was very pleased that the Inspire YOUth event was such a great success.”

Sonia Meggie of Inspirational You said: “"I am pleased to have held our first Inspire YOUth employability and personal development day in partnership with The College of Haringey and Enfield in North East London, Metropolitan Homes and Positive Youth News Haringey.  We engaged with over 100 young people from in and around the borough who were able to make industry contacts and connect with senior leaders.  They left inspired by the overall message to pursue their education and believe in their ability."

The amazing day was rounded off with important figures from public life describing their life experiences to achieving recognition and responsibility. From Borough Commander Dr Victor Olisa to Troy Townsend, Mentoring and Leadership Manager – Kick it Out, each speaker had an incredible story to tell.

Photo caption: Speakers at Inspire YOUth L-R Kevin Morosky - Visual Artist, Haringey Mayor Cllr Sheila Peacock, Kojo - Capital Xtra DJ and Comedian, Royston Legore - Dancer, Singer and Choreographer, Patricia Baffour - Talent Executive Channel 4 and  Kem Anyanwu - event host

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For impartial Information, Advice and Guidance about the careers and the best courses or apprenticeship routes to them, visit the College’s Tottenham of Enfield Centres, Monday to Friday 8.45am – 4.30 pm with late nights at Tottenham until 7pm on Monday and Wednesday in term time.

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