Review: Young Black Graduates – New Year, Now Network
A review on the fifth networking event put on by Young Black Graduate UK.
Yesterday, Young Black Graduates UK (YBG) hosted their first networking event of 2013. As per it was a success, with a great turn out and brilliant thought-provoking edutaining guest speakers.
The ‘New Year, Now Network’ event took place Mishcon de Reya in Holborn, London and featured talks from the likes of inspirational speaker Junior Ogunyemi, David Sullivan and Stephan Eyeson of the Bright Ideas Trust; and the amazing People’s Lawyer and People’s Poet, David Neita.
After an introduction from the YBG team and the events host Mishcon de Reya, David Neita, also known as the People’s Lawyer and People’s Poet kicked off the motivational experience sharing session. Following him was author and award-winning social entrepreneur Junior Ogunyemi.
The author of the inspirational book How To Be A Student Entrepreneur, spoke about a number of things ranging from deleting numbers in your phone to making promises one can’t keep to teaching people how to treat you. All things that can be applied to both your personal life and as well as your working life – as many try to separate the two. He rose very important points through injecting humour – many a true words are said in jest and Junior got the balance perfect.
The Queen Mary economic graduate, recommended that his fellow networkers break out of their moulds as, “opportunities lie outside your comfort zone.” He also shared ‘four types of capital’, personal, intellectual, social and last but not least financial which is a concoction of intellectual and social capital. “Who knows, that you know what you know?” Was a question he advised everyone to considered when it comes to networking.
Up next was Bright Ideas Trust’s David Sullivan who spoke about the charity set up Tim Campbell, to help young people turn an idea into a business. He then introduced training and development executive Stephan Eyeson, who expressed the importance of putting yourself out there during networking – experienced or not, as a positive and enthusiastic attitude may lead you into the right hands.
Last but not least, before a second helping of networking in the law firms foyer, David Neita returned to the stand. The soon to be politician, recited Paul Laurence Dunbar’s ‘Sympathy’ – a poem about perspective and learning which was very fitting of the events nature. He then wrapped up the motivational segment with his own poem, ‘Letter to the Queen’ which was spoken in his mother tongue – Jamaican Patois.
Over all the was ‘New Year, Now Network’ was another success from the YBG team. The turn out was great. The guest speakers inspired, enthused and awakened many with their words of wisdom. Contacts were swapped, business cards stacked and possibly some career spanning connections were established. As admission was free, it was worth every penny of travel expenses.
Look out for the interview with the YBG girls in issue 9 of the magazine. Out next month.