It's graduation season so to all 2016 graduates, congratulations you made it to the finish and you should be proud!
It's been 2 years since I graduated from the lovely university bubble and into 'The real world' and for the first time in years I was out of the safe haven called 'higher education'.
I was blessed enough to secure my first role in September 2014 as an IT consultant; excited as I was to embark on this new journey, I couldn't help but be slightly overwhelmed by a sense of disorientation.
First of all, I knew very little about IT, my work wardrobe was well... non-existent and everyone looked so sure of themselves in the office, I on the other hand felt the complete opposite but I was there nonetheless.
I remember about two months in, as I started to get the hang of it all, one particular encounter threw me off my game completely. It was a comment made about my LinkedIn profile pic... I know you're probably wondering what it is right? haha
Well indirectly the comment insinuated it didn't look like an IT picture and for a short while this really bothered me.
But then again what does an IT profile picture look like?! And according to who?!
I came to the conclusion that life will try and put you in a box in some way, shape or form, whether it's based on your career, your gender, social status, the list is endless really. To be honest it's not always done with bad intentions, (well not all the time!) it just makes things easier, in terms of association. I'm constantly defying the boxes life tries to put me in because like most young people my age, I'm still learning new things about myself and the woman I was created to be.
My words of advice are; create the person you want to be and don't be limited by other people's perception or even the realities that may hold themselves true in your life today.
We're all multi faceted human beings, at different stages in our lives, allow your presence, personality, talents and uniqueness, permeate any room you walk into and any situation you face.Don't be confined to a single paradigm.
Hi, I'm Umutoni a twenty-something year old Londoner embarking on a journey to find a new meaning to beauty in everyday life and affirming the identity of beauty with substance.