This summer I made a friend on the tube and her name is Elizabeth.
One afternoon in July, I hopped on a train unsure whether I was going in the right direction, so I asked the young woman next to me for guidance.
Immediately, I noticed that she had a North American accent. Turns out, that not only is she Canadian, but a Nova Scotian too. 🇨🇦 What’s more, she had been studying in London and was now looking for a job in journalism... We chatted, exchanged details and I promised to introduce her to some of my contacts at national newspapers. A few months later, thanks to her cracking CV and smashing some interviews, she started her dream job working on her first choice desk at The Telegraph! 🤩
The moral of the story? I got my start in journalism back in 2006 when a Canadian friend of mine (thanks @ukcanada
) met someone in the industry at a family party. I had just finished my NCTJ post-grad diploma and he told Robin that I should send him my CV. He then had his PR teams sent it to all the newspapers - I was none the wiser! 🤭
One day, I got a call from @iancowieuk
, went into the Telegraph for an interview on the personal finance desk and the rest is history.
Last week, Elizabeth and I met for a catch up before she flies home for Christmas and she very kindly gave me this lovely maple leaf from Nova Scotia. Not only does it represent the fact that we Canadians can find each other anywhere, but also that you never know what can happen, who you are going to meet or when you’ll make a friend.
It also will remind me how good it feels to “pay it forward” and pass on a bit of the random luck I have been fortunate to experience. It gives me all the feels. 😍
Do you have a story of how a chance encounter changed your life plan?
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