Sophie Walker Wants to Change the World

I saw Sophie Walker speak for the first time at the London Leadership debate and she wants to change the world. If you only get one thing from reading this, let it be that. Sophie wants to change the world. She is interested in restructuring systems in society so it is fairer for women. Watching her eloquently answer a wide range of questions from the Women’s Equality Party’s membership, you could see her concern not only with regards to the inner democratic structure of the party, but also the party’s external action in the wider political sphere. She tackled topics including fostering leadership within the party, expansion of male membership, party public engagement, sex education within schools, Brexit, pension pots for women working in the home and other topics I have never looked at through a feminist lens before. And to Sophie I am grateful for that, because I have been enlightened on a lot of concerns in society which leave women disadvantaged and have been given hope for improvement as there is a political party doing something about it.


I witnessed two Sophies during the debate. The first was a woman who had clear understanding of several issues that not only affect her, but issues that may seem further from her experience. Sophie continues to advocate for all women’s voices to be heard at the table. Her fight for BAME leadership not only within the party, but her recognition of the lack of diversity in the big decision rooms in the country is a fine example of this. Experiences of women who look like me cannot be included in the conversation, if our faces our not invited in. I personally appreciate Sophie’s acknowledgment of white women’s power privilege over BAME women, just like that of men’s power privilege over all women. Therefore she is using her power to pull up others and create solidarity through actively listening to others stories, which is what is needed to change the world. And if we move from feminism as the starting point to engage individuals who are not familiar with how the ideology affects them politically, Sophie wants to put their concerns before ideology. She wants to know what they do for work, where they live, about their neighbours, do they have children, what is the quality of their childcare? She wants to understand them personally and design a system that works for all women based on their concerns. She wants to bring the furthest on the fringes of society first, and they happen to be women.


The second Sophie was the revolutionary, when she told us why she wants to be the leader of the Women’s Equality Party. She wants to make the world work differently and is not afraid to be a David, amongst the other Davids within the party, in a world full of Goliaths. She wants a total reversal of the crap that has been bestowed upon women through an alternative act of resistance. This is what wakes her up at 4am in the morning. She is happy to stand for what she believes in and is not concerned with people’s approval, apart from those in the party. Sophie wants to make activists out of people who didn’t think they could be. I think that’s pretty revolutionary.




Lessons Learned

The transition from student to graduate has not been an easy one. Trying to navigate through the maze of finding a job, without having any indication of how to do so has been a challenge. University is all about getting your degree to ensure you have the qualifications and skills for the job, but they leave out how to market yourself in order to convince a company to give you that job! A few applications later, and this is now what I know.

Finding a full time job is a full time job

I had no idea how time consuming it was to fill in applications. Each company wants to know why you are picking them and everything in relation to your employability. And somehow you need to fit all that information on two pages of A4 or in boxes with 200 character limits. And once you’ve found that long list of employers, apply and repeat.

All that research was time consuming and overwhelming at times. But I found browsing websites and social media accounts of employers helped me understand a business’s character, as a basis for answering why I wanted to work with them. Also, giving myself a target of 3 job applications per day was great for streamlining my energy and focus, and lifted my spirits as I was able to achieve my daily target, making the task a lot easier.

I will have to look at my CV a lot

Literally hours were spent crafting my CV. There was genuinely at a point I didn’t want to see it ever again. I created so many versions for various routes, at one point I had over 30 CVs on my desktop. But without those many versions I would not have got my well refined, clear and direct CV I now have today.

The basic format I eventually found worked for me was one with a profile, skills list, history of education and employers and interests. This way I was able to effectively showcase who I am, what I want and what I can offer. However, being open and flexible to changing your CV is key in order to match what an employer is looking for, so keep this in mind graduates. I now understand continuously updating my CV is one way I will get closer to my dream job.

Picking a field you actually want to pursue is half the fight

Being approached by sales and recruitment agencies was great! I had just graduated and the jobs where coming to me! I was going to interviews regularly, building my confidence approaching employers, and was presented with opportunities of large earning potential.

But something was missing. The passion for the roles were missing. And I’m a person that cannot put energy into something if I’m not passionate about it. Especially as something as monumental as my career. So I went back to the drawing board. I had a brainstorm of what I want from my career and what skills had to offers. Voila – It seemed PR was the industry for me.

I’m definitely still on the journey discovering the world of PR. I’m doing this by talking to people within the industry, completing internships and reading material online. So far, it seems I’m on the right path. I would definitely advise graduates to take the time to figure out what they want to do, because it will make the process a whole lot easier.

So, they are just a few of the many lessons I’m sure to learn on my journey to my dream job.

Can I Please Have A Job Now?


The ‘now’ may come across as demanding, but I promise it’s definitely an eager ‘now’. The divorce has been hard on me, and I’m ready for a new, stable and long lasting relationship. So, goodbye education and hello career! What I miss the most about my eighteen year-long relationship with education, are the romantic texts from Student Finance England that read “your money will arrive in your Bank Account within 3 working days”. They were always welcomed with such enthusiasm and joy!

I need to place that enthusiasm somewhere else now. After settling back in London, I was now over my university blues and had to decide what career I would pursue. The blessing of having studied a History and Politics degree is there are so many career options to choose from. So fortunately, I’m not restricted to only two options of either being a teacher or librarian, as a lot of people would think. And I could still be an accountant, if I really wanted to.

I’ve developed excellent written and research skills, thousands of words and hundreds of books later. Flexibility, adaptability and organisation come naturally to me, as I juggled essay deadlines, part time work and rugby training. I had the opportunity to study in Florida as part of my degree and travelled up the East Coast. Planning the journey up to New York definitely had its obstacles of trying to figure out where to stay, what to do and how to get around – all on a budget. But, I successfully resolved my travelling dilemma and had the best experience in my life so far!

So after evaluating what I achieved at university and the skills I had obtained, I did my research. A career in public relations sounded great! I would be able to use my communication, research, time management, team player and trouble shooting skills. Also, my naturally creative flare from my love of acting, interpersonal skills from my customer service experience, and social media management skills I automatically possess as a millennial, are exactly what is needed in a PR role.

This process made me realised whatever stage someone is at within their career, whether as a student, a graduate or an Account Director, it is important to look your achievements and skills to help you realise your value in the job market. Also, provide a springboard for where you want to be in the future. Especially as an unsure graduate, I questioned was my degree worth anything? The job market is saturated with so many humanities and social science graduates like myself, but I realised I just have to remember what I have achieved and what that says about my potential.

Now I know what I want to do, and I believe I can do it, can I please have a job now?


And that is where the journey began…