My 13 Year Old Self

Rose Mary Stalker, Founder, 4C UR Future

  • There is no limit on what you can achieve, don’t let others limit you.
  • If someone tells you it can’t be done – what they mean is they haven’t been able to do it!
  • A good attitude is the most valuable employability characteristic.
  • Look for opportunities to make things better.
  • Be confident in your capabilities.

Gwyneth Evans, HR Manager, Ryobi

  • Set yourself goals, stick with them and never give up.
  • Don’t define yourself just by your job – you are so much more than a job title.
  • School work is important, and so are your personality and social skills. You need the qualification to get to the interview, your personality is what differentiates you from others and gets you the job.
  • We all make mistakes – don’t be discouraged, learn from them.  Look back over what you did: what did you do well, what will you keep doing, what will you do differently next time?
  • It’s OK to change your mind and start again.

Ryan Connor, People Development Manager, Devenish

  •  Treat others well. Take advice from others but always trust your gut instinct.
  •  Take opportunities when they come along and show what you’re made of.
  •  Set backs and disappointments happen to everyone, it’s how you respond to them that matters.


Alan Leacock, Director, Metal Forming Innovation

  • Experience will eventually teach you that adversity will become your strength, so don’t be afraid to try and trust your intuition.

Rachel Doherty, OD Manager, PAC

  • “Luck” is when opportunity and preparedness meet – set yourself goals, work hard, and keep a lookout for those opportunities to develop.
  • You learn new things and develop yourself when you step outside of your comfort zone. It’s not easy to do at first, but it’s worth it.
  • Recognise the importance of lifelong learning – all skills can be learned and developed, and attitude sets you apart.

Johanna Donaghy, Training & Development Manager, Cranswick

  • You have many talents and it is ok to try something different, so don’t be afraid to have a go at different skills!
  • Don’t worry about following the crowd, you won’t know what a subject or new skill is like until you give it a try.