The Queen is hiring – and the jobs include accommodation in Buckingham Palace

The Queen is hiring – and the jobs include accommodation in Buckingham Palace


Time to update our LinkedIn profile

the queen is hiring

If you always had the ambition to cook and serve the Queen, then this might be your chance. The Royal Household – a must-follow if you’re interested in working for the British royal family – is currently recruiting a Sous Chef and a Kitchen Porter and both roles offer the option of live-in accommodation at Buckingham Palace.

That’s right. You would live in the Palace.

The positions of Sous Chef and Kitchen Porter are both full time, but on different levels. For the latter ‘previous experience is not necessary, but you will be interested in working as part of a professional hospitality operation,’ according to the printed vacancy. Your tasks will include: maintaining the kitchen and clear-up areas, as well as assisting with food preparation.

To qualify for the position as Sous Chef, a background in premier catering and knowledge of the classical French cuisine are required. Working alongside the Head Chef, you will be developing menu items for events, managing stock levels and ensuring the day-to-day smooth running of kitchen operations.

If you’re thinking of applying, don’t forget that the Royal family has a protocol when it comes to food. According to Darren McGrady, the Queen’s former personal chef, she cuts back on carbs such as pasta, rice and potatoes, as well as shellfish and garlic.

Practical information, in case you get that interview.

May the odds be ever in your favour!

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‘I would never have got this far in my career if I had got into my first choice of University’

‘I would never have got this far in my career if I had got into my first choice of University’


Here are Team Marie Claire’s stories…

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A-level results were announced today, and as always there have been just as many tears as celebrations up and down the country.

Some people will have got their grade requirements and already be packing for their first choice of uni, but for others, today will be a long day of scouring remaining university choices via clearing and crying into comfort food.

To those people, we say – we get you.

Just talking about our dreaded A-Level results days this morning, Team Marie Claire realised that few of us actually had good memories. A lot of us didn’t get the results we wanted and ended up going to our second, or third or even fifth choice of university. But that’s ok, and without that happening, we wouldn’t have got to where we are now.

Whether you go to Exeter or Cardiff and whether you go to university or not, you’re still going to experience the same rites of passage.

You will fall in love, you will make friends for life, you will find your career path and at some point you will be so poor that you will have to share a pot noodle for breakfast with your housemate.

Nothing will change those facts.

No matter what you got in your A-levels, everything is going to be OK, so take a deep breath and read our stories because we were once you.

Here are some stories from Team MC…

Jenny Proudfoot – Junior Digital News Editor

‘My A-level results day was one of the worst days I can remember – I’m a slow developer and at 18, I just wasn’t ready. I didn’t get the grades I needed, and got a D in French – the one subject I wanted to pursue. I spent the whole day crying on my sofa eating brownie batter, feeling like my life was over and that I had let everybody down. All of my friends were off to university and I wasn’t going with them. That day changed my life and entirely for the better – I literally developed an insane work ethic overnight and ever since have worked as hard as I can to make sure I never feel like that again. I worked in France for a year, became fluent, retook my French A-level and got a place at the University of East Anglia to study French with International Development. None of my school friends had gone there and as a city it wasn’t on my radar until it was my only choice, but looking back I can’t imagine going anywhere else. My days at UEA were the best of my life, and it was there that I met my best friends and discovered journalism as my career path. I don’t know where I would be if I hadn’t initially failed my A-levels, but I don’t think it would be as good as where I am now, and I definitely wouldn’t have got as far.’

Lucy Pavia – Entertainment Editor

‘I’m embarrassed to admit I thought my university applications would be a cake walk. I had 4 As at A-level in the bag and a lovely glowing reference from my headmistress. Come and get me, boyz! Then the rejection letters started to hit the doormat. A quick no from Oxford (not much of a surprise given my car crash interview), then Edinburgh, Exeter and finally Durham. The two remaining universities – Leeds and Newcastle – I had put on my UCAS form without any thought of actually going to one of them. Now they were my two options. After visiting both campuses and cities I picked Newcastle. What came next was three years studying English Literature in an incredible place, making friends I’m still close to a decade later and drinking more Glens vodka than any human should in a lifetime. I know it can seem the end of the world when things don’t go to plan, but it can also teach you to adapt to a new (and often better) reality, a really valuable experience to have under your belt when you’re released into the world of work, where very little is a given.’

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Megan Hills – Digital Lifestyle Writer

‘When I found out I missed my offer, I hid in a quiet corner of my aunt’s house and cried for hours. I was super lucky though and Warwick wound up letting me in anyway, however I had this massive chip on my shoulder because I didn’t feel like I’d earned it. I became a more driven person because I felt like I had something to prove, but now nobody can tell me I didn’t deserve to be there because I walked out with a first. It’s not your results that define you, it’s the way you deal with your challenges that do.’

Katie Thomas – Digital Beauty Editor

‘My father went to Cardiff University and regaled us with tales of the incredible time he had there. When I found out that a) they did a journalism course and b) three of my best friends were planning to go there, I applied straight away. I visited a few other places and put them as my other options just to make my career advisor happy, but all I wanted was Cardiff. When I got my A-Level results and found that I hadn’t got the grades they required my whole world fell apart. Give me some credit, I was 17 – this was the end of my world! I rang up Clearing and got through to the department head at Cardiff who told me that he couldn’t admit me, as I had expressed my deep hatred for critical thinking in my personal statement (d’oh) and one of the key modules on the course was exactly that. So I was forced to attend my second choice, Bournemouth University. At school, we were encouraged to apply to Red Brick unis, so Bournemouth was not ideal in my mind. However, it was quite literally the best thing that could have happened to me. The year before, the Bournemouth University media school had won a lottery grant, propelling it and its courses to number one in the country. Because I was so obsessed with Cardiff, I hadn’t even researched Bournemouth and its credentials. Rather than learning about critical thinking (yuck), we were the first students in the country with access to an HD TV studio. I was exposed to radio, TV, news, features and online journalism in all my three years on the course and the connections that the school had made with the real journalism industry was second to none. Oh and p.s. I did all my revision on the beach. So that was fucking great.’

Andrea Thompson – Deputy Editor

‘I applied to Cambridge with dreams of becoming a lawyer but completely flunked my interview. I was so nervous that I totally clammed up. My head was spinning and found it impossible to answer the first couple of questions. I ended up going to York University instead and studied English. I had the most amazing three years and met some of my best life-long friends as well as having a healthy social life I don’t think I’d have had at Cambridge. But most of all I developed my love of political and feminist literature from a really inspiring lecturer there, which spurred me onto a career in journalism, which has taken me all over the world and been a lot of fun. Im not sure being a lawyer would have been for me looking back.’

Sarah Barnes – Beauty Assistant

‘Having been at military school, I was used to structure and regiment so when it came to deciding on my degree I was recommended straight Journalism as it was a more academic course. Following this advice I got accepted to Winchester university which was my first choice. However after a month there I realised I was not happy and was not getting to be creative in the way I dreamt of. After many nights awake worrying I decided to transfer to UCA and study Fashion Journalism. Starting university is such a nervous time and I did I twice in one month – I can only say that it was the best decision as I wouldn’t be where I am now otherwise. I’ve made amazing friends, learnt about the fashion and beauty world, travelled to incredible places for photoshoots and I get to be really creative every day. So follow your gut and don’t be afraid to change your degree if you don’t feel it’s right – its so important to do what you love.’

 

So basically, whatever results you received today, you are going to be fine, and you will still get to experience all of the same exciting life moments.

Just take a deep breath and find your next step.

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Proof that having a girl gang is the secret to succeeding in business

Proof that having a girl gang is the secret to succeeding in business


‘We know it’s not a level playing field’

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Facebook’s #shemeansbusiness campaign proves that sisterhood is alive and well

‘U.K. men are twice as likely as women to become a founder,’ explains Nicola Mendelsohn, VP EMEA, Facebook.

Sadly, that’s just a fact of how underrepresented women still are in business. But we’re moving in the right direction, with individuals, brands and companies fighting to make global change.

One of these is Facebook, whose #shemeansbusiness programme supports female entrepreneurs in the UK by providing the tools, training and practical advice needed to make their dreams a reality.

According to new research by the programme, the ‘connect effect’ is real, with female business leaders proven to be nearly twice as likely to forecast business growth if they are part of a business community.

That’s right. The sisterhood is alive and well.

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Despite the facts, and the awareness around them, it also emerged that a whopping 50 per cent of female business leaders are not part of such a network.

Why? They don’t know how or where to find one, with the current business networking environment better set up for male business leaders.

This however is all about to change – and about time, too.

Having identified the connect effect, Facebook has welcomed AllBright – a community driving smart-thinking women to thrive through Members’ Clubs, an Academy and Live Events – into the #SheMeansBusiness partner network alongside Enterprise Nation and The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

And it’s good news for everyone.

As part of the partnership, AllBright is launching a new free 10-week online learning programme – The AllBright Academy – to support women to supercharge their careers or businesses.

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What will the course include?

The course – offered to thousands of women across the country – aims to inspire creativity, empower confidence and improve digital skills – with the course content coming from some very impressive faces. Everyone from Cath Kidston MBE and Karen Blackett OBE (Chairwoman, MediaCom) to Thomasina Miers (Founder of Wahaca).

‘When it comes to scaling up businesses, the UK only ranks 13th in the world,’ explained Nicola Mendelsohn, VP EMEA, Facebook. ‘And according to The Entrepreneurs Network, just nine per cent of funding into UK start-ups currently goes to women-run businesses annually.’

She continued: ‘Growing a business is tough, but it’s particularly tough for female business leaders. Being part of a business community, and having ongoing support to make progress on self-development, can make all the difference.’

‘Networks matter,’ agreed Debbie Wosskow OBE, Co-Founder, AllBright. ‘Having groups of peers that can be called upon to collaborate and learn from when you’re facing a business challenge can help enormously.’

So if you want your business to thrive, surround yourself with some fierce females.

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Proof that having a girl gang is the secret to succeeding in business

Proof that having a girl gang is the secret to succeeding in business


‘We know it’s not a level playing field’

friends make you happier than family

Facebook’s #shemeansbusiness campaign proves that sisterhood is alive and well

‘U.K. men are twice as likely as women to become a founder,’ explains Nicola Mendelsohn, VP EMEA, Facebook.

Sadly, that’s just a fact of how underrepresented women still are in business. But we’re moving in the right direction, with individuals, brands and companies fighting to make global change.

One of these is Facebook, whose #shemeansbusiness programme supports female entrepreneurs in the UK by providing the tools, training and practical advice needed to make their dreams a reality.

According to new research by the programme, the ‘connect effect’ is real, with female business leaders proven to be nearly twice as likely to forecast business growth if they are part of a business community.

That’s right. The sisterhood is alive and well.

Facebook study

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Despite the facts, and the awareness around them, it also emerged that a whopping 50 per cent of female business leaders are not part of such a network.

Why? They don’t know how or where to find one, with the current business networking environment better set up for male business leaders.

This however is all about to change – and about time, too.

Having identified the connect effect, Facebook has welcomed AllBright – a community driving smart-thinking women to thrive through Members’ Clubs, an Academy and Live Events – into the #SheMeansBusiness partner network alongside Enterprise Nation and The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

And it’s good news for everyone.

As part of the partnership, AllBright is launching a new free 10-week online learning programme – The AllBright Academy – to support women to supercharge their careers or businesses.

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What will the course include?

The course – offered to thousands of women across the country – aims to inspire creativity, empower confidence and improve digital skills – with the course content coming from some very impressive faces. Everyone from Cath Kidston MBE and Karen Blackett OBE (Chairwoman, MediaCom) to Thomasina Miers (Founder of Wahaca).

‘When it comes to scaling up businesses, the UK only ranks 13th in the world,’ explained Nicola Mendelsohn, VP EMEA, Facebook. ‘And according to The Entrepreneurs Network, just nine per cent of funding into UK start-ups currently goes to women-run businesses annually.’

She continued: ‘Growing a business is tough, but it’s particularly tough for female business leaders. Being part of a business community, and having ongoing support to make progress on self-development, can make all the difference.’

‘Networks matter,’ agreed Debbie Wosskow OBE, Co-Founder, AllBright. ‘Having groups of peers that can be called upon to collaborate and learn from when you’re facing a business challenge can help enormously.’

So if you want your business to thrive, surround yourself with some fierce females.

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This female World Cup reporter was assaulted live on air

This female World Cup reporter was assaulted live on air


No one should be exposed to this

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This week, we learned that World Cup results lead to an increase in incidents of domestic violence in the UK, and now, a female journalist reporting from the World Cup in Russia has been assaulted by a fan during a live broadcast. Judith Gonzalez Theran, a Colombian correspondent, was delivering a piece to camera when a fan forcibly kissed and groped her.

The incident, which occurred last week, came to light when Gonzalez Theran’s employer, DW, drew attention to the attack by posting a clip on social media. The network emphasised, ‘Sexual harassment is not okay. It needs to stop. In football, and elsewhere.’

After the interruption, Gonzalez Theran continued her report, but has addressed the incident online since then, saying, ‘We do not deserve this treatment… we are equally valuable and professional.’

The incident somehow manages to take an even darker turn when Gonzalez Theran appeared to suggest that this assault was premeditated, as her and her crew had been setting up in the location for two hours previously. She revealed, ‘When we went live, this fan took advantage of the situation… but afterwards, when I checked to see if he was still there, he was gone.’ She added, ‘There are always fans that compliment you and behave respectfully. This one went too far.’

Unfortunately, sexual harassment of female sports reporters is nothing new, and clearly not limited to just football.

Earlier this year, a group of 52 Brazilian sports correspondents banded together and launched a campaign with the slogan #DeixaElaTrabalhar (Let Her Work) to combat harassment from both fans and players when they are working.

On top of this, last year, 21-year-old tennis player Maxime Hamou was banned by the organisers of the French Open for ‘reprehensible behaviour’ after repeatedly trying to kiss a female reporter during an interview, in spite of her clear discomfort.

Time is up.

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Meet the first female World Cup commentator breaking the glass ceiling in sport

Meet the first female World Cup commentator breaking the glass ceiling in sport


About time!

Vicki Sparks

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is well underway, with the next month set to be dominated by football.

Unfortunately, given the realities of modern sport, it will also be dominated by men, with women significantly underrepresented.

This may seem obvious, with the contest seeing 32 MEN’S national teams compete, but it’s not just on the playing field where women are absent – it’s in the coaching seats, the presenting panel and the commentating box.

Thankfully, this year is seeing a serious improvement for equality.

Meet Vicki Sparks, the first female World Cup commentator.

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That’s right. When the broadcaster voiced BBC One‘s coverage of the Portugal v Morocco game in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium this week, she made history.

We know what you’re thinking – it’s about time – but let’s not let that overshadow Vicki’s achievement and success in breaking the glass ceiling for women in sport.

And she’s not alone, with female representation at the World Cup only growing, thanks to Gabby Logan, BBC‘s reporter, Jacqui Oatley who is presenting for ITV, and Eniola Aluko and Alex Scott both in the studio.

The reaction? Overwhelmingly positive.

‘Loving Vicki Sparks’ commentary on the @BBC #WorldCup It’s about time we had a female commentator! She sounds like she was born for the role,’ tweeted Rio Overton.

‘As a kid I used to turn off the sound on games and try to commentate,’ agreed Twitter user, Sien. ‘Hearing Vicki Sparks on the BBC rn makes me so excited for all the little girls who get to hear a female voice doing just that.’

Unfortunately, with progress there are always going to be naysayers, and this was proven as some trolls took to Instagram, with one calling for women to leave football to the men.

‘Why oh why must we have women commentating on football??’ tweeted one user. ‘Please someone tell Vicki Sparks she is trying too hard, I enjoy football but please girls leave it to the men!!’

Will that stop her? Absolutely not.

Go on Vicki, we’re with you!

 

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Here’s what we learned about maximising our energy at the Fabled Peak Performance panel

Here’s what we learned about maximising our energy at the Fabled Peak Performance panel


Prepare to be empowered.

To mark Marie Claire UK’s 30th birthday we have launched our Womankind campaign, hosting a series of game-changing events throughout the year to empower, educate and inspire the women around us.

This week saw the second event in our Womankind series, an exclusive beauty evening and panel discussion held at our flagship Fabled store on Tottenham Court Road.

Attended by 100 readers, the evening saw Marie Claire Editor-in-chief, Trish Halpin, host a powerhouse panel, including Balance Me founder Rebecca Hopkins, super fitness influencer Adrienne Herbert, and leadership coach Nikki Armytage-Foy.

The four future shaping women discussed the theme of the evening, maximising our energy to reach our peak performance – and to say it was inspiring would be an understatement.

With each panelist bringing a different angle to the discussion, guests came away armed with quotes, exercises and practical advice for reaching peak performance in mind, body and health.

Here were the some of the most inspirational takeaways:

How to maximise your energy to reach your peak body performance

Adrienne Herbert
Fitness influencer and global Adidas ambassador

Adrienne is a global Adidas brand ambassador, personal trainer, mentor, motivational speaker and co-founder of worldwide creative women community, Get To Know. She is most known among millennials however for being an online fitness influencer, using her social media platforms to inspire women to celebrate, love and respect their bodies.

Adrienne’s inspiration and tips:

1. ‘All women of course have insecurities but you have to respect your body. At 29 you’re focused on the aesthetic and you forget about the fact that your body is working for you 24/7. It needs to be loved. Celebrate your body, your body needs to be lived in, think about yourself with love and don’t focus on changing it.’

2. ‘If we did things only when we felt like them then we would never exercise – feeling motivated all the time is just not realistic, so I don’t talk about motivation, I talk about discipline.’

3. ‘As women we give, and so taking time to exercise is important. That’s us giving to ourselves and prioritising ourselves.’

4. ‘Don’t just think about the top and how quickly you can get from zero to fit. Think about the now – what can you do today?’

5. ‘Don’t underestimate the chemical release of endorphins – it’s not only a high, it also improves concentration and productivity. It is literally win win.’

6. ‘Try to do a 360 approach – something that’s going to encourage cardio, strength, and be restorative.’

7. ‘If you haven’t discovered almond butter you’re missing out.’

How to maximise your energy to reach your peak skin performance

Rebecca Hopkins
Co-founder of Balance Me

Rebecca co-founded natural skincare brand, Balance Me, with her sister on a personal quest to find a better work-life balance. Now they’re big time beauty bosses, with their British-made skincare designed to bring skin back into balance and enhance skin’s natural beauty.

Rebecca’s inspiration and tips:

1. ‘If you don’t need a product on your skin it’s like if you don’t need to eat something – just don’t do it and keep it simple.’

2. ‘Be kind to your skin and listen to it – often your skin will tell you what it needs and that’s your guide.’

3. ‘Neroli is the queen of oils, it’s very rejuvenating for stretch marks or redness and the fragrance itself is so beautiful, it’s a brilliant essential oil.’

4. ‘If you have sensitive skin, try using rose – it is not only rejuvenating but restorative.’

5. ‘Witch hazel is great for addressing dark circles.’

6. ‘Avoid parabens. They are preservatives with big question marks around them. If you can find an alternative, do, because why put something on your skin that you’re not sure about?’

7. ‘Do what makes you feel good but also remember to start young with good habits.’

How to maximise your energy to reach your peak mind performance

Nikki Armytage-Foy
Founder of Electric Woman and leadership coach

Nikki has used her decade’s worth of experience coaching female leaders to create her Electric Woman manifesto. Her aim? To support women to embody their most confident and ‘Electric’ self and to lead their lives with vitality and purpose. This according to Nikki, will make them happier, more relaxed and clear in their mission and what they want to bring to the world.

Nikki’s inspiration and tips:

1. ‘Be an electric woman. An electric woman is a woman in her power – by feeling grounded in who she is and having that kind of self-belief and self-assurance. Every woman has an electric woman in her.’

2. ‘How do you find your electric woman? Visualise her. Close your eyes, create a journey to meet her – who is that version of you? How does she dress, how does she show up and how is she living her life? Think about her approach.’

3. ‘Lots of women feel disconnected with their bodies – I used to have an eating disorder so I know how it feels to feel disconnected with your body but you need to respect it. Ask how your electric woman would treat your body.’

4. ‘Don’t let misguided voices lead the way – Miss perfectionist, Miss little girl, Miss work horse, Miss punisher, Miss Sunday – let your electric woman lead the way.’

5. Identify what your limiting beliefs are and what kind of things you are saying about yourself. Identify that voice, connect with your electric woman, and notice when and why that negative voice is showing up. Get your electric woman to talk to it like a little child, like “Darling, I hear you, it’s not very helpful, what do you need?”‘

6. ‘Everyone should keep a journal at all times if they can and speak their truths – let it rip.’

7. ‘There’s nothing more attractive than a woman who really owns it, whatever age, whatever body size. I want to encourage women who are more mature to step into their bodies and into their “poweress” within.’

Keep an eye out for our upcoming Fabled by Marie Claire talks if you want to experience the empowerment first hand.

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This London woman has been voted the best teacher in the world

This London woman has been voted the best teacher in the world


Continuing our #WomenWhoWin series, we speak to Andria Zafirakou, the inspirational winner of the 2018 Global Teacher Prize.

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Andria is an art and textiles teacher at Alperton Community School in north-west London and, after being nominated by former and current colleagues, was announced as the winner of the Global Teacher Prize 2018 in March. This annual award from the Varkey Foundation that names the best teacher, is worth $1m (about £720,000) , and is presented to an exceptional educator who has made an outstanding contribution to their profession.

Andria’s passion for helping her students, as well as her knowledge of the challenges they face is clear from the beginning of our conversation. She says, ‘We love our students. Brent is not the most affluent borough, we’ve got lots of deprivation so it’s not right to just keep it in the classroom… we like to make sure that [the students] are okay outside school.’

True to her word, on top of being the best teacher and her senior leadership roles, Andria escorts pupils to their buses after school to protect them from recruitment into local gangs, has introduced an after-school boxing club and can be found at the school-gates every morning, greeting children in one of 30-something languages spoken in the school.

As one of Andria’s colleagues said in her entry video, ‘You grab on to that enthusiasm that [Andria] has, and it drives you forward as well.’ Victoria Fell sat down to chat with Andria about her childhood ambitions, proudest moments and the changes she would make if she were education minister for the day.

Tell me about your background?

‘I was a very happy child. My parents are migrants, I went to a multicultural primary school in Camden and was Head Girl at my secondary school. My music teacher was an incredibly inspirational teacher. He was in love with teaching his subject, he was so passionate that when you were in the room, you didn’t know what was coming next!’

Where did your ambition to become a teacher come from?

‘I’ve always known I was going to be a teacher – it wasn’t a choice. When I was 4 years old, I used to play ‘teachers’ with my teddies and younger brother, or with my cousin, where I’d be the teacher and she’d be the librarian. When I was older, during my GCSE art lessons, I used to look around the room and think, “Well, in my art class, I’m going to have a wall there, I’m going to have things hanging from the ceiling…” – I was actually visualising my teaching environment!’

Andria Zafirakou

Andria winning the 2018 Global Teacher Prize. Credit: Varkey Foundation

What inspired your love for art and textiles?

‘I only found out when I went to university that my grandmother in Cyprus was a weaver by profession. She used to grow her own silk worms and weave silk on a loom. During the conflict between Turkey and Cyprus, the British government told her that she had to give them silk so that they could make parachutes. She would weave silk for them during the day and then secretly by candlelight in the evening, she made her own garments to provide her family with an income.’

How did you feel about being named best teacher?

‘I felt honoured that I was the one 
who got recognised out of 33,000 others worldwide. This award is all about the impact that teachers can have within their communities and what they are doing to go above and beyond. Teaching is an underappreciated profession, but we’re changing lives and creating destinies.’

What has been your proudest moment?

‘I feel proud when I watch my daughter as the star in her school Nativity play, and also when my children who have left the school come back and say, “Miss I’m now an architect” or “Miss, I’m working for Google designing gaming apps”. The fact that I’ve helped children be inspired to go out and achieve, then come back to me to tell me what they’ve done gives me such a incredible sense of pride.’

Andria Zafirakou

Andria with some of her students. Credit: Varkey Foundation

What would you do if you were education minister for a day?

‘I would bring the arts to the forefront. STEM subjects are important, but when you get young people to think creatively, it teaches them focus and resilience. Looking at the children in my north-west London community (a deprived area), arts, drama and music are the subjects that inspire and motivate them.’

Is there anything you refuse to compromise on?

‘I have really high expectations, but in a positive way. I need the people I work with to be on it, to be giving the best they can and to feel confident in making mistakes. I think making mistakes is the best thing that you can do, because that’s how you learn!’

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The most inspirational takeaways from Marie Claire Future Shapers Live

The most inspirational takeaways from Marie Claire Future Shapers Live


Prepare to be inspired…

Future Shapers Live 2018

This weekend we hosted our annual Marie Claire Future Shapers Live event, in partnership with Neutrogena, taking place this year at Sofitel St James, London.

The Saturday saw 300 career-focused women, of all ages and industries, gathering in the London hotel for inspiration, advice and skills to advance their careers, change direction or set out on their own.

Future Shapers Live 2018

Credit: Joe Burford

This year’s theme was ‘playing to your strengths’,  with a powerhouse line-up of CEOS, entrepreneurs, influencers and career coaches giving killer advice in a series of game-changing talks and workshops, closing with a keynote discussion between MC Editor-in-Chief Trish Halpin and singer and TV personality Alesha Dixon.

Future Shapers Live 2018

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From talks on starting a business from scratch and Facebook Lives on creating a social media following, to a workshop in coping with stress and a lecture on determining what’s not your job, every session served up practical advice and some very inspirational quotes.

Here are some of the best takeaways from the event…

Future Shapers Live 2018

Credit: Joe Burford

Be fearless:

‘If we eliminated fear, we would fly. The universe only wants good things for us – you just have to be fearless.’ Alesha Dixon 

‘Someone once described me as courageous and it was the biggest compliment I’ve ever been given. You don’t have to be born with courage. If you want it, you can have it.’ Victoria Pendleton

‘The biggest prison we live in is the fear of what other people think – if we change that mindset, we can be whatever we want to be.’ Aimee Bateman

‘Women are socialised to be perfect. We should be socialised to be brave.’ Stephanie Phair

Future Shapers Live 2018

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Be open to mistakes:

‘We need to redefine the word “mistake” – mistakes are important and necessary, and that’s true in all walks of life – it’s just that you’ll only find that out in hindsight.’ Pavan Ahluwalia

‘I nearly went bankrupt. I remember crying one night because I couldn’t afford to pay £16k in wages to my staff the next day. I had to go and tell them that I couldn’t pay them, and it was humiliating. But it was a huge learning curve and it changed my entire business, because I had to make sure it would never happen again.’ Rachel Flanagan

Future Shapers Live 2018

Credit: Joe Burford

Be authentic:

‘You can’t just copy someone else as you’ll only ever go as far as that person. You have to be you to reach your own potential.’ Sebina Hussain

‘I’ve been told my whole life I need to act more like a boy, which is a bit boring, isn’t it? I’m going to be that feminine person, I’m going to do it my way and it’s going to work.’ Victoria Pendleton

‘Be emotional. Be exactly who you are, and if people don’t like it, they’re not your tribe. What three words do you want people to use to describe you? That’s your brand.’ Aimee Bateman

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Credit: Joe Burford

Be open to help:

‘Don’t be a busy fool. I know what I’m worth in my business and every time I put something in my diary, I think “Is that a job a director should be doing?”‘ Rachel Flanagan

‘Be inquisitive. If you’re stuck on a hurdle, ask and people will show you the way. And don’t spend your time doing something someone else can do. You need to be the person who’s improving the top line and bottom line therefore – stick to what you’re good at.’ Anna Gibson

‘Don’t dim your light, shine. It’s ok to be different, we can work together to make collective change. Even superheroes can’t do it on their own.’ Aimee Bateman

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Credit: Joe Burford

Be persistent:

‘When you’re a young girl and you have dreams of your future, the path seems clear, but then reality kicks in. I wanted to be a doctor, and I was told that people like me couldn’t do it. I didn’t listen. When one door closes, you find a window with a tiny crack open and you find every bit of strength inside you to shatter that crack and jump through.’ Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP

‘Let’s not think change happens to us. Let’s take the reigns and be the change makers. That will ensure we are not negatively affected by change – we will be driving the change.’ Brita Fernandez Schmidt

‘You have to communicate why you do what you do. There’s always going to be someone who dresses better than you or uses longer words, but the way you can win is giving people something to connect to.’ Aimee Bateman

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Credit: Joe Burford

 

Be generous:

‘It’s not about pulling the ladder up behind you, it’s about trying to let down lots of ladders to give other women a leg up too.’ Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP

‘It is such a privilege to be able to help others – we must use that privilege.’ Brita Fernandez Schmidt

‘People will fall in love with you if you give them something to fall in love with.’ Aimee Bateman

 

Feeling inspired? Come along next year and experience the first hand empowerment yourself.

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What to expect from Future Shapers Live 2018 this Saturday

What to expect from Future Shapers Live 2018 this Saturday


It’s nearly time for the ultimate career conference, this Saturday! Here’s what you’ve got to look forward to on the day…

Future Shapers Live, in partnership with Neutrogena®, is just around the corner and here at Marie Claire HQ we could not be more excited. Not only have our team been working hard to put together an amazing line-up of speakers but we’ve also got a fantastic array of activities, food, drinks and goodies for you to enjoy throughout the day. So whether you fancy pampering yourself in the beauty lounge or meeting top CEOs from across the UK by the end Future Shapers Live you will feel ready to take on absolutely anything.

So without further ado, here’s what’s in store for you this Saturday…

Neutrogena Beauty Lounge

In between feeling inspired and planning your next career move feel free to pamper yourself at our pop-up Neutrogena Beauty Lounge featuring express facials and hand massages by Neutrogena, make-up by KIKO, henna tattoos from Paven Henna , hair styling by Headmasters and mini express manicures.

Future Shapers Live Goody Bag

The Goody Bag

What would a Marie Claire event be without an amazing goody bag? Of course, at the end of this empowering day you’ll be treated to a goody bag jam packed full of amazing treats from the following brands plus much more…

Marie Claire
OGX
Klorance
Charles Worthington
Schwarzkopf Professional
Soap & Glory
Neutrogena
Cover FX
Hippeas
KIKO
Headmasters
Microscooters
Living Proof
scentered
System Professional

Instagram Competition

Ever wondered the secret to taking a perfect instagram shot? Well, this year at Future Shapers Live we will have an expert sharing with you the tips and tricks to perfecting the ultimate picture. Visit our Neutrogena Beauty Lounge to be in with a chance of winning some amazing prizes for the best shot on the day!

Thirsty Planet

Plus, stay hydrated throughout the day with water supplied by Thirsty Planet. A water brand dedicated to bringing clean water to the most disadvantaged communities across sub Saharan Africa. To learn more about this great cause visit their site here.

We hope you’re just as excited as we are and we can’t wait to see you all there. And if you weren’t lucky enough to get a ticket make sure you keep up to date with all the events on the day on our Instagram and Twitter or join the conversation using #FutureShapersLive.

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