Motivating Mansfield’s Post 16 Learners

Last week I had the privilege of sharing the story of A Star Media at Mansfield’s first ever Youth Conversation.

The event, organised by the Mansfield Learning Partnership, gave post 16 learners the chance to discuss their career choices and how they were finding their education.

I was invited to give a motivational speech at the beginning of the day, a pretty daunting task when times are so hard for everyone, especially for young people when the future looks so uncertain.

I decided to talk about my time in education, and how my career choices changed from wanting to be a teacher, a nutritionist and a journalist to eventually becoming an entrepreneur.

Katrina giving her presentation

Katrina giving her presentation

I didn’t really know what I wanted to do when I was at school, and I wanted to let the young people at the event know that it’s okay to be unsure about what you want to do, and it’s okay to change your mind.

I think young people are under so much pressure to achieve academically and it’s really good that the Mansfield Learning Partnership is offering local young people the opportunity to learn vocational skills.

It was really good to see so many young people taking an active stance in their education, and proving everyone wrong when they say teenagers don’t know how lucky they are!