14 June 2010

The Secret of your Success!

Barbie has inspired generations of us to believe that we can be anything – fashion model, surgeon, astronaut… And now she’s helping you to achieve your career goals, thanks to a fantastic new campaign.

Life’s a lot of work and (sometimes) not enough play, so it’s vital that you have a fulfilling career that interests you. Whether you’re a highly trained professional, a creative genius or simply looking for guidance to achieve your dreams, Barbie’s here to help. She was our role model when we were children, and now she’s giving us grown-up career advice! Through the I Can Be campaign, the world’s favourite doll is inspiring a whole new generation of women to realise their ultimate ambitions. Barbie is working with Government organisations and educational specialists to create an aspirational schools programme that will encourage girls to ‘try on’ different careers. (Visit www.barbieicanbe.co.uk for more information.)

But it’s not just about the younger generation – working women who feel they’re not yet achieving their maximum career potential will be offered advice too. And it starts right here: this week, we’ve got four more inspirational women at your disposal. These successful career women – a top scientist, an arts promotor, a musician and a TV journalist – have all made great strides in their industries. Here, they reveal how they climbed the ladder and give advice about how you can achieve your goals…

The Science Master - Rebecca Robinson is a groundbreaking scientist, engineer and researcher


- Why do you love your job?
Every day is different. Sometimes, I’ll be working in hospital on a new experimental brain imaging trial, while other days I could be working at a desk analysing results. Other times, I’m talking to the public about science and engineering and the positive effects it has on each of our lives.

- What makes you jump out of bed on a cold, grey Monday morning?
New challenges. The fact I’m researching a new area leads to many unexpected
findings, which is constantly exciting.

- Who inspires you?
Passionate, successful people. Paul Lauterbur, Sir Peter Mansfield and Dr Raymond V Damadian, who invented the MRI. It’s a device that has assisted the diagnosis and treatment of millions of people – 60 million MRI investigations are performed worldwide each year. It is people like them who are pushing the boundaries, while helping to improve medical knowledge. Also, Professor Brian Cox, whose TV programmes show that science is not a boring subject, but something that impacts on all our lives.

- Top tips?
To be the best at your job, you must enjoy it and your enthusiasm will help you succeed. Be confident in your ability. Networking is valuable, but you’ll also benefit from mixing with people in other areas – a chance conversation can produce the best ideas.

- What are you most proud of?

I want to look back knowing that, in some small way, I helped improve the lives of others. I also hope to inspire young people to get involved in science and engineering so they can become the next generation in my field. There are only a small number of female engineers in the UK, and I hope that my outreach work in schools will bring more talented women into it.

The Arts Champion - Dance producer and arts advocate Justine Simons is head of the London Mayor’s culture department

- Why do you love your job?
I love creativity and I love London. It’s the most diverse place on the planet with 300 languages spoken every day, and you can really be yourself here. It’s also a creative powerhouse with incredible galleries, theatres, museums, artists and fashion designers. My job brings all this together – making sure the city remains creative and vibrant and that all Londoners have the chance to get involved. Every day brings a different challenge and with 2012 on the horizon, there’s no sign of a let-up!

- What makes you jump out of bed on a cold, grey monday morning?
A mug of builder’s tea!

- Who inspires you?

My friend, the choreographer Raf Bonachela. He is a genius. And also adorable.

- Top tips?

Don’t get hung up on job titles and salary – get to the bottom of what it is that really motivates you in order to find the most fulfilling job.

- What are you most proud of?
One of my favourite jobs is running the Fourth Plinth Commission in Trafalgar Square. This week, we unveiled a gorgeous artwork by Yinka Shonibare – a magical ship in a bottle. People love and hate the Fourth Plinth, but it gets them talking about contemporary art and brings world-class artists out of the usual closed gallery space and into our most prominent public square.

The cool musician - Bishi is a ‘Jill of all trades’ in the music world – she’s a talented songwriter, performer, artist, company director and film-maker

- Why do you love your job?
I have been allowed to turn my passion and my dreams into a reality. I would describe my work as a combination of music, interactive art, fashion and film.

- What makes you jump out of bed on a cold, grey Monday morning?
I love the feeling of being able to make art and take action over the progress of all aspects of my career. As well as writing and performing, I style, design and conceive ideas. I do everything from starring in a show to producing short films to booking taxis for all the crew!

- Who inspires you?
My parents. They came to the UK as immigrants during a racially fractious period. They worked hard, never gave up and ultimately succeeded. My creative partner, Matthew Hardern, and composer Neil Kaczor, who both work with me 24/7, keep me on my toes. I’m also inspired by all the friends and artists I have collaborated with. I’ve been very lucky.

- Top tips?
Keep going and explore all options. Be prepared for many setbacks – you learn the most at your lowest and most vulnerable points. As a performer, I’ve sharpened my skills to the sound of no applause!

- What are you most proud of?
That I’ve been given the freedom to experiment artistically and I’ve stood up for myself. I have been able to travel the world and meet some amazing people in the process.

The news presenter - Riz Lateef is the face of BBC news in London and presents a show weekdays at 6.30pm on BBC One
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- Why do you love your job?

I love it because it gives me a real buzz and no two days are ever the same. I do feel incredibly lucky to see moments of history unfold as part of my job.

- What makes you jump out of bed on a cold, grey monday morning?

Err, breakfast? Seriously, it’s my favourite meal and always with a cup of earl grey tea!

- Who inspires you?

As a child, my father always made us believe we could achieve anything if we worked for it and I thank him for that. Now we all know that journalists can be cynical, but I’m constantly surprised and humbled by the kindness of strangers – it’s a gentle reminder of the good there is in the world. And, come on, who can forget that incredible acceptance speech by Barack Obama when he won the US presidency? Inspiring stuff.

- Top tips?

Ooh, that’s a tough question… Push on every door, as you can’t rely on luck to be in the right place at the right time. Give 110% and don’t take things for granted. Whatever the path, enjoy the journey. Oh, and in my case – make sure you speak when someone in your ear shouts ‘cue’!

- What are you most proud of?

Other than not having made a fool of myself in front of viewers on TV (yet!), I think it’s that in my own small way I’m making a difference – at least I hope so.

How to WIN an invite to our amazing Power Brunch!
Do you need a confidence boost to ask for that longed-for promotion?  Are you agonising about switching careers? Or are you thinking of taking the plunge and setting up your own business? Whatever career stage you’re at, Barbie wants to help.

Some of the country’s most inspiring women will be attending a fabulous power brunch on 25 June – and you could be invited! To be in with a chance of being one of the six lucky Grazia readers joining our elite panel of movers and shakers, simply write to barbie@graziamagazine.co.uk and sum up in no more than 100 words why you should be selected for help with your career dilemma. The illustrious panel features the three icons interviewed here, Grazia’s very own editor-in-chief, Jane Bruton, plus three more inspirational figures – check back next week to find out who! Good luck!


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