Andy Broomhead, 30, owns and runs Catch 22 Consultancy. He had a chat with the Big Academy about what we’re trying to achieve and how we can achieve it.
What do you love most about doing what you do?
Every day offers a new set of challenges and having the freedom to try and overcome however I choose them is very rewarding. I get to move around the country and work with a lot of major organisations. I get to work with some great people as well. Every day is a new learning experience for me, which I love.
Why do you think you are successful at what you do?
I suppose it's a bit of a cliché, but actually enjoying your job makes it easier to motivate yourself to do well. The industry is often very competitive and you have to try and be the best to get the next job on the books. My work gives me the opportunity to find out how big companies function, which appeals to my sense of curiosity and ultimately means heading out of the door at 6am is more than worth it!
How do you keep motivated?
With the enjoyment of my job comes an inherent instability. Contracts can be terminated with just two weeks' notice and staying motivated becomes really important then. Understanding what skills and benefits you can bring to an organisation makes you realise how much value you can add. Taking time to have a step back and have confidence in your own abilities is vital.
What would you say to a young person who is feeling uninspired about life and work?
Don't be. I think there's a lot of pressure on young people to already have their entire career path for the next 20-30 years figured out by the time they've left college or university. It can be an advantage to know what you want to do but it doesn't always help. I was 25 before I found something I enjoyed doing and it took me another 3 years to really understand how I could make a living for myself doing it.
It's easy to get sucked into the media's perception of endless doom and gloom about the job market and opportunities for young people. But if you're prepared to work hard there's no reason why you can't find that great sense of job satisfaction. If you've got a dream, do whatever you can to follow it and you can make it come true.
What do you think about The Big Academy and the work we’re trying to do, in helping all young people to get inspire and achieve success?
I think it's fantastic. Young people are the future of this country and to be able to come to organisations like Big Academy for help, support and inspiration is invaluable - especially at the moment. There was nothing even remotely like this available to me when I was younger and I think that the opportunity to find work, get crucial advice or broaden their skills is fantastic.