APPLYING FOR UNIVERSITY:

3 THINGS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER BEFORE YOU SEND OFF YOUR UCAS APPLICATION:

BY SIMON GRIFFITHS

238,900 18-year-old’s ventured to university in 2016 and these numbers are increasing year on year. But is the traditional route always the way forward? One student took to student room, a forum site for students to express their feelings:

‘You weren’t really given any other choice at my sixth form. There was no information on other alternatives to university and everyone was pushed into going through UCAS from Day 1.’ – (Student Room, n.d.)

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Entrepreneurship

CHEF SHELLY HARRIS

CULINARY ARTIST CHEF SHELLY HARRIS TALKS BALANCING RUNNING A BUSINESS WITH MOTHERHOOD, HER FAVOURITE RECIPE AND MORE.

 

Shelly Harris – also known as Chef Shelly is 25-year-old Culinary Artist from New Orleans, Louisiana. Her passion for cooking was birthed at a tender age when she would watch her mother and grandmother cook together – alongside the rest of the family during holidays. However, it was her aunt Alisa Randolph who helped mould the artistic side to her passion, particularly when she was left having to care and cook for her aunt while she was undergoing chemotherapy. It was then she knew Culinary Art was something she wanted to pursue. Her drive continued to excel ever since, setting herself challenges and catering for her community with the aim of building her own empire.

We caught up with Shelly to discuss the future of her business, her favourite dishes to make and much more:

 

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DANNY SYLVAIN TSHIBAMBE

ASPIRING ILLUSTRATOR DANNY TSHIBAMBE DISCUSSES OVERCOMING LOW SELF-ESTEEM AND BEING A PRODUCT OF GOD’S GRACE.

 

Danny Sylvain Tshibambe is 23-year-old self-taught graphic designer/illustrator from Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. A self-motivated, selfless and super optimistic person who is often described as nice. Danny sees himself as a happy guy often smiling or doing something silly – a big kid at heart and peacemaker. The one who always tries to avoid conflict but when conflict arises tries to resolve it in a calm way. Born and raised in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Danny moved to America when he was just 10-years-old but remembers his passion for the arts to have started way before.

We caught with Danny to find out challenges behind the art and the lessons he’s learnt along the way.

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ANDY COOKE – ‘ENTREPRENEURS’

CO-DIRECTOR OF RETAIL STORE ‘ENTREPRENEURS’ ANDY COOKE TALKS BOUNCING BACK FROM FAILURE TO SUCCESS.

 

Andy Cooke is a 28-year-old independent graphic designer from Staffordshire with a BA in graphic design. He is also an associate lecturer at Staffordshire University for the Advertising & Brand Management award, an artist agent for the RareKind Illustration Agency and one of three directors running the Entrepreneurs Store in Stoke–on–Trent, Staffs.

Entrepreneurs is the catalyst for urban culture within Stoke–on–Trent. It exists as a platform to celebrate urban culture on as many levels as possible — from music to art, fashion and more. It sells premium, branded streetwear that’s grounded in skate, graffiti and urban pastures, as well as graffiti paint and other artist supplies. On the first floor of their building they hold exhibitions from artists of all kinds that hail from around the world, and host workshops from screen printing, sign painting, letterpress printing and more.

We caught up with Andy to find out how it all began and the process behind planning and starting up a retail store:

 

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JIDE ADE

COMPUTER PROGRAMMER JIDE ADE TALKS WALKING AWAY FROM GANG CULTURE AND FIGHTING FOR HIS EDUCATION.

 

Jide Ade is a young and driven computer programmer who is dedicated to helping provide a platform for other young people, to achieve success. He currently runs his own IT Company called “Iron Ltd” – where he develops websites, apps and databases for clients.

Although he originally wanted to be a lawyer and hated programming, it was his love for computers that led him in a different direction. Whilst at university, his own lecturer told him he was a programming dunce and would never be able to get the grasp of it. Even though he would ask for help and on several occasions ask to meet up with his lecturer for guidance, he was just never given the time of day.

Despite the lack of support, he not only managed to graduate with a 1st bachelor’s degree in Computer Science in 2013 but has also gone on to do a Master’s degree – which he will graduate from this summer (2015).

We sat down with Jide for more insight on his journey and his advice to the many young people who can relate to his story:

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DIAMOND HAIR UK.

THE HAIR CONNOISSEUR – FOUNDER OF DIAMOND HAIR UK IMMANUELLA OKUNUBI SHARES HER ADVICE ON RUNNING YOUR OWN BUSINESS.

 

Immanuella Okunubi is a music journalism undergraduate from South East London who runs a business called Diamond Hair UK. The business started in 2011 and at the time there seemed to only be a few companies offering affordable Virgin Hair. Immanuella wanted to make sure that every woman had the opportunity to purchase affordable quality hair, and so with this goal in mind, she decided to set up her own company.

We caught up with Immanuella last month to find out how it all began, and the day-to-day errands of a commercial company owner:

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