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Why I love working with academics!

I’ve been fortunate recently and have grown my business to include some remarkable talent in the academic world. Because of this and Mental Health Awareness Month, I thought I’d do a short piece about why I love what I do, and why that's important to me and our clients.

In a world that encourages conformity and prescribed paths, doing what you genuinely love and following your unique path is empowering. I had no choice, as you’ll see, but not many people have an opportunity or even the urge to change direction and start a new career after 25 years. So how did I do it? Well, one day, I had sciatica, but the next day a disc rupture turned sinister; I was left with a spinal cord injury and an inability to do what I once did, which was being a PA and paralegal to the legal world. I am now a wheelchair user and can no longer commute as I once did.

I could do the same work as a virtual assistant, alone at home, but I wanted more. I felt like I was owed more. I put so much into getting where I was, and it was, in one day, gone.

So, six years ago, I embarked on a more unconventional career, a personal passion project. I decided to embrace my individuality, which held immense transformative potential. I have combined my interests with a skillset gained through working over many years and have unlocked a deep sense of purpose and fulfilment. I now have a career that allows me to live a genuine and meaningful life. We're

Why did I choose to work in the academic sphere? Because that’s where my interests and passions lie. I’m a perpetual student. The same day I went into spinal cord injury rehab, I submitted my Master’s dissertation in archaeology.

Following injury, I dared to step away from societal expectations. I have embraced my new challenges as opportunities for growth and learning, knowing that setbacks are an inevitable part of any worthwhile journey. I’ve tapped into the creativity I once used with abandon, bringing fresh perspectives to my work. I can experiment with new ideas, take risks, and push the boundaries of what is possible for me, my team and our clients.

This is why I love to work with original thinkers and path-forgers: the world needs more people who have the courage to go where their heart takes them. And that’s all of you.



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