Vanessa Sarpong

Vanessa Sarpong
Country
United Kingdom
Graduated from
University of Sunderland
Scholarship
Inspiring Success Programme

Vanessa graduated from the University of Sunderland in 2014. After leaving University, she found herself moving from job to job in order to try to break into the Media Industry in London. With little progress, Vanessa started to make plans to relocate to Ghana, until she found out about the Inspiring Success Programme.

What were you doing before you joined the Inspiring Success Programme?

I was working at a marketing company and hopping from job to job trying to find something that would get me to where I wanted to be.

I started planning to leave London and settle in Ghana, because I felt I was facing a cloud of difficulty when it came to entering the media industry in the UK.

How did you find out about the Inspiring Success programme?

My mum told be about it, I didn't believe there was a programme to support local East London graduates - it seemed too good to be true! I studied my A Levels at BSix Sixth Form College just down the road from Loughborough University London, in Clapton.

Because I studied my A Levels in one of the East London Growth Boroughs and I was an underemployed graduate, I was able to apply for the programme and luckily I was chosen for the scholarship afterwards.

How did you feel when you had been selected for a 100% scholarship?

I was shocked, surprised, happy and grateful. This opportunity stopped me from leaving London and starting a new life in Ghana.

Why should Loughborough University London look to invest in local people?

Loughborough University London need to continue investing in local people, because that’s where the leaders of tomorrow will come from. There is so much potential in East London and it has been overlooked for too long. There are many other people like me; a generation of untapped talent that is sitting dormant, waiting to be discovered.

There are many other people like me; a generation of untapped talent that is sitting dormant, waiting to be discovered.

What have you enjoyed the most about your programme so far?

My writing has improved, and I have a better understanding of the business side to the media industry which subtly drives everything. I've made some great contacts and I’m really making the most of the opportunities Loughborough University London has given to me. You have to network: nowadays its about who you know and less of what you know. Education is important but you really have to add the networking element to it!

What attracted you to your programme?

It was different and didn’t seem like anything i had learnt in the past during my undergrad study.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

There are many things I want to accomplish in the next 5 years. No one knows what tomorrow will bring, but what I do know is that I will always try to be better and greater than yesterday.

You have to network: nowadays its about who you know and less of what you know. Education is important but you really have to add the networking element to it!

 

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