"I think the Rebel course should be taught at universities, colleges or even in schools. It really teaches whether you have enough incentive for your business idea and whether it is the right option for you."
Where it all started
Seven years ago, I received my five years refugee status in the UK. I really wanted to get my Health and Care Professions Council registration to work as an Orthotist or Prosthetist in the UK, but I needed to pass my English language exams and get access to my undergraduate and masters degree documentation from my Iranian universities. For three years, I worked as a receptionist in a hotel to pay the bills while persevering to pass my exams. I eventually managed to get an orthotist job at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital, but unfortunately my contract was not renewed, and I became jobless.
With free time on my hands, I thought about what else I could do with my life. I’d always loved the thought of having my own business and I came up with the idea of making natural hair gel as I’d been making it for myself for years. I did lots of research into the industry and the ins and outs of business before being introduced to the Rebel Business School. The course taught me so many new things and ideas about how to start a business from scratch.
I realised that I would need £600 to test my product and although I had money in savings, I didn’t want to spend it without knowing all aspects of my business and whether I would be successful or not. So, with Covid and the lockdown scenario, I started to think that the beauty industry might not be the best fit for me at this time. Given that I still needed to pay my rent and bills, I decided to go back to my alternative options and apply for jobs related to my field of study.
I learnt not to lose any opportunity, even if it is not appealing to begin with. When one recruitment agency called me to arrange an interview with a very well-known company in my field, I said yes straight away even though I was pessimistic about them. I went for the interview and ended up getting the job within a week. Every day I feel myself loving my job more and more.
Self-development parts of the course really helped me to pay attention to my attitude towards alternative options and other jobs in general. I learnt not to be disappointed if I wasn’t successful in something and instead to think about the reasons behind my success or failure and what the outcome could teach me.
Before I started the course, I was rejected from three interviews as an orthotist and one for a job selling orthotic devices. I thought about all the reasons for the rejections; it could have been that I wasn’t good enough, I wasn’t compatible with the team or my English needed improvement. I realised the key was actually to study the art of how to interview well. I watched YouTube interview tip videos every day and started to memorise some of the answers.
I still make hair gel for myself and I enjoy my job knowing that I’m helping people with all my knowledge and experience. I went so far exploring my business idea, so who knows, maybe one day when all the beauty salons re-open again, I will start to think about my little business again.
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