“I am going to build my own EMPIRE.” – Maggie Jurajda
An insightful story of a woman who has a passion to achieve above and beyond. Not only is Maggie Jurajda dedicated to a chosen career path in Architecture, she is also a motivated entrepreneur who thrives on success. Maggie wants to exceed in all areas of her life and aims to inspire others through her exceptional work and attitude.
1.What is your full name, the company you work for and your position within the company?
Maggie Jurajda (Malgorzata Jurajda – I am Polish), I am an architectural technician by profession, working currently for Richard Andrews Architects in Newport in Wales. I took the job, to pay the bills, and to learn finally what I should have learned in the past five years of working for other architectural offices, but I have been working as a “CAD Monkey” instead, and have been told I need to wait for my chance to run my own projects, to learn other stuff, which architectural technicians are meant to do.
2.In what ways does the company you work for accommodate for graduates?
The company I work for offers internships and apprenticeships and people are being shown the “real world”, which is much different to what they teach in UNI, like what is the format of drawing packages you have to prepare, how to deal with clients and contracts and what to do on site.
As of my own business, I am part of 4 MLM companies, which offer lots of opportunities, including for graduates and students.
But it is not for everyone and it certainly is not easy.
I am also part of HERBALIFE – nutrition products, GENISTAR – financial education company, where we teach basics about financial education and explain how to protect yourself with insurance, NUSKIN, which I join recently, only to order some products for myself with a discount, but I actually sold some too, and UTILITY WAREHOUSE – which is helping people save money on the bills, where I don’t sell anything and it doesn’t cost money for people to switch, and they save.
With a passion for properties, and attending tons of workshops, events, networking, and property investing courses, I have started my own property services business. I never wanted to employ people, as I don’t believe in employment.
Why? Because people who need to pay bills are desperate for money, so to get a job they try to “fit in” to the position they apply for. They prepare for interviews, learn how to answer questions to have more chances to get a job, and design a CV to fit the job, where they DON’T fit themselves.
People don’t look for work/job they like or they are passionate about, they don’t look at their strengths at all.
And then after a month, they hate “Mondays”, they live from weekend to weekend, buy stuff they don’t need.
They increase their credit, and work for other people’s dreams for 35 years, to retire when they’re 65ish, and they barely can survive on the pension.
As mentioned before, I have also started an online business in the middle of August, and I absolutely love it.
There is no passing day that I wouldn’t work on it.
3.What is the current market like for internships, long-term careers and other opportunities? Please describe.
I am not sure. I graduated in 2013. I found my way to get work experience while studying and then moved forward to the proper role within my field.
I don’t believe in a long-term career, as I believe in pursuing dreams. But I’m sure those who don’t aim for freedom and do prefer to live from pay cheque to pay cheque and have a comfortable salary, I guess it is more or less OK if OK is enough for them.
4.Do you have any advice you can give to the current graduate market in your field?
I would say to any student, to start applying for work experience as soon as possible, either paid or voluntary, if they want to get the job after graduation as the market is competitive. And the more experience they have the better. At the end of the day, any work experience is better than having a first class degree in my opinion.
My other advice would be if you looking for a job:
a) Do a personality test and find out what job you would fit into, based on your skills and strengths.
b) Research what jobs are on the market.
c) Find a CV template for that job type, and try to be original. It is shocking that people still do a standard CV and don’t even bother to look how at how the CV is meant to be written.
d) Smile on the interview day and don’t be someone you are not. Answer questions to the best of your ability, but if you don’t know something, don’t pretend you do. Be honest, say you don’t know and you would like to learn.
e) Once you get a job, keep pursuing your dreams on the side. Read, learn, travel, explore, meet people, keep trying new things and hobbies, and once you find your passion, keep doing it and serve others.
5.Do you have any tips for students studying in your area of expertise?
Look for work experience as soon as possible. Don’t rely only on contacts or agencies. Research companies, that are of your interest and contact them directly and ask if you could get 2-4 weeks experience, or for however long you can. Offer to work for free.
Another way is to find networking events in your area and get to know people in the industry.
People know people, and people buy people, not product or services. So start building relationships.
Go for events related to your industry/studies, business networking, and similar. Start talking to people.
How? Funny enough simple “Hi, my name is ….., how are you?…what is that you do?” works.
If a person seems interested, ask for a business card, and …FOLLOW UP, within 48h!
Say ” Hi ……(name), it was a pleasure to meet you at the …..(name of the event). I am very interested in ….your company, or in your work etc…. I would like to invite you for a coffee and find out more about …your company/work/projects.
As well, you can Google their profile or company to see what they do and ask specific questions at the meeting or in the email.
You may also find something, which you think you could help improving or helping with, and then offer that free of charge.
6.Any final words/inspirations for students and graduates in relation to the world of work?
Find something you are going to enjoy. If you need to get any job, to pay bills, that’s fine, but keep searching for what you love, until you find it. Don’t settle for mediocre and keep chasing your dreams. Life is too short.
Be grateful for what you have.
Create memories. Surround yourself with positive people.
Find a mentor and a coach, who will keep you on track and help you in a way and keep you motivated.
Interviewed by Gemma Smith
Maggie’s words of wisdom are life-changing and heartfelt. Not only has she got a lot of experience but her valuable story may be related to in so many different ways.
Maggie emphasises the importance of chasing your dreams and not giving up until your dream has been found and then fulfilled. “Once you get a job, keep pursuing your dreams on the side. Read, learn, travel, explore, meet people, keep trying new things and hobbies, and once you find your passion, keep doing it and serve others.”
Another way that Maggie believes prospects and opportunities can be improved is through networking.
So continue to broaden your horizons and become the best version of you, on a daily basis…
If people have any question’s they very welcome to connect with Maggie. She welcomes networking and communicating with open arms.
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