Get listening: Kayode Damali on ‘The Right Route’ for you
Kayode Damali believes that, “one of the biggest skills you can have is being able to communicate with people from all over the world”. And that’s exactly what he’s doing through his educational and professional guidance podcast, co-presented by e-products manager and host of the ‘Get Work Savvy’ podcast Liam Gardner.
If you didn’t get the grades you were expecting or are feeling at a crossroads, then The Right Route is the podcast for you. It not only offers advice on education and the steps you can take to get to where you want to be in life, but Kayode brings his own experiences to the podcast. Now a successful motivational speaking, he was Vice President and Governor of his university and Director of the National Union of Students (NUS), before becoming what he has been described as one of the ‘Most Powerful Young Entrepreneurs in the World’. With several TV appearances, including a contribution to Come Dine With Me, under his belt, Kayode is certainly a man of versatility.
But don’t let Kayode’s credentials intimidate you. The podcast offers realistic and honest advice on what to do when things don’t go smoothly first time around and when there are hurdles to overcome. It also features contributions from a range of guests, including graduates and experts in youth development.
What can you expect from the podcast?
In Episode 1, Finding the Right Route: Kayode recognises the pressures young people face and shares his educational experiences. For example, he applied to university through the clearing process and found himself at a crossroads after university. He explains that these experiences were important life lessons, leading him to become ‘bitten by the entrepreneurial bug’.
Episode 2, The Phases of Preparing to Work: Applying for a job is time consuming and hard work, and knowing how to answer questions like ‘Why do you want this job?’ can be tricky. Is the answer: ‘I’m passionate about having enough money to buy food’? This episode gives you some great tips on how to prepare for the world of work.
Episode 3, Preparing for Work. What can you do to ace an interview? One employer discloses her experience with an interviewee who, at the start of the interview, took out two flasks from their bag and started pouring out a cup of coffee followed by a cup of water. Is this the right way to go about an interview? Find out in this episode.
Episode 4, What Employers are Looking For: Can you imagine a 17-year-old woman managing a graduate with a first-class Honours degree in finance? This is exactly what happened when Kayode employed two very different people at his company. This episode discusses what employers are looking for in an employee and some general dos and don’ts in the world of work.
Episode 5, Resilience: Here, Kayode talks about how he was overcome by fear when he had to dress mannequins in a shop window. If you’re feeling similarly anxious about starting a new course or having to present in front your class, then this episode explores the idea of resilience and offers advice on how to overcome challenges such as these.
With his positive and aspirational take on life, Kayode Damali has some good advice. Check out The Right Route and see where your path takes you.