Day 29- Samantha, 25, Whitburn

After graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University with a First Class BA (Hons) in Media and Communications Samantha joined Standard Life PLC. She has been there for just over 3 years and has moved within the company from working on their mobile app to wider product propositions. Samantha is also Co-Chair on their Young Persons’ Development network which has given her and many other young people in the company loads of great opportunities ranging from personal development to charity fundraising internally and externally!

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Which young Scot inspires you?
The young person who inspires me is Dilja Rudolfsdottir, I met her while working at Standard Life and she started off the Young Persons’ Network I now Co-Chair. She helped guide me over the hurdles of being a young woman new to a big business and was a great mentor. She founded “thesassyboss.com” which gives insight on how to deal with challenges more prevalent to young women in business.

 

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The best thing about Scotland is definitely the culture. It’s unlike any other. I love how defiantly patriotic we are in the face of any sporting annihilation. I also didn’t really appreciate how stunning Scotland is. I definitely need to explore more at home! It’s also nice that whenever you are abroad and “500 miles” comes on that all the other Scottish people appear and there’s an instant bond formed.

 

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I’d like to tell older generations that the challenges we face growing up are of the same importance as theirs, despite their differences. There seems to be an assumption that because of all the tech and opportunities we have, that we’ve no idea of a “hard life”. It’s all subjective. We’ve got a lot to contend with, from climate changes, political upheaval, housing crises etc.

 

What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest sporting achievement was holding the Scottish and British TaeKwon-Do Champion title for 3 years in a row. My biggest personal achievement was doing my university exchange in Rotterdam. It was a big challenge as I had never lived on my own before and moved to another country where English wasn’t the first language. It allowed me to really come into my own and learn a lot about myself!

 

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
There’s loads I want to achieve in future, but mainly to be happy! I love to travel so would like to go further afield, SE Asia etc. I’d like to be confident enough to use the Spanish I’ve learned and I’ve always wanted to learn piano! More importantly, I’d love to find my own way to give back to the community but I’m not sure what form that will take yet!

 

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
The advice I’d give to other young Scots is to listen to your mum! She may seem like she’s getting on at you at the time or that she doesn’t have a clue but mums are ALWAYS right, whether you like it or not! The sooner you realise that the better. I wish I’d listened to my mum more when I was younger; I take her advice on everything now!

 

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