Name (s): Jack Parsons
Where’s home? Essex
Company Name: Yourfeed
Did you go to university?
University was never for me. I did take an apprenticeship that didn’t work out and eventually began a role in recruitment. Sales was never something I had ever thought about however, it’s the best thing I have ever done.
Had it ever been a clear-cut path in terms of what you were going to do?
It was never clear cut but as soon as I set my mind on something, I worked as hard as I could to ensure I achieved the goal. Young people often don’t know what they want to do and are given limited support to help them. That’s part of the reason I began Yourfeed.
What is Yourfeed?
Yourfeed is an online network that showcases young people’s skills, talent and ambition to those who matter. Yourfeed connects young people to relevant brands and experienced professionals and provides opportunities for young people to network, upskill and progress in their careers. Young people often miss out on opportunities because they don’t have the right experience but it shouldn’t be about where you’ve worked, it’s about what you can do.
How did the idea for Yourfeed come about?
From personal experience. The more people I spoke to, the more I realised that young people were constantly at a disadvantage and that CV based hiring was failing us. Yourfeed creates relevant opportunities for young people to build their career based on their skills. Skills do matter!
What have been the challenges in setting up Yourfeed?
The unknown. When starting from scratch, I had no idea how to setup a business or what the difference between a sole trader and a limited company was but you have to start somewhere.
What risks did you have to take in order to get the ball rolling for Yourfeed?
I had built a great career in recruitment in a well established company but gave up the stability and took a risk. My personal life has also been sacrificed but I wouldn’t change a thing. I also spend less time with my dog Alfie, he’s not a fan of the London commute so prefers to stay at home!
Who did you seek advice from and who really helped you in the early stages?
Mentors are so important and the first thing I did was reach out to successful people in various industries. I have learnt so much and advise everyone to get a mentor.
What pressures do you think many twenty-somethings are faced with?
– Lack of knowledge around industries
– Their need for purpose when companies just focus on revenue
– Being underestimated with their skill based on their age
Do you ever doubt yourself that you can do it?
Every day and I always will! If you’re not doubting yourself, you don’t want it enough.
How do you market Yourfeed?
We don’t just market Yourfeed, we want to change youth employment and have been championing this for the last 18 months. Through this we’ve gained great partnerships and PR but it’s only just the beginning!
Any personality traits you have discovered about yourself along the way?
I get on with all types of people!
Any mishaps (utter disasters) along the way?
Hiring the wrong skill set and not following my gut but it’s all experience.
What has been your best moment so far?
When the idea became a reality. This time last year it was just myself and Haydon and now we have an office with a team of 16!
What advice would you give other twenty-something’s who are thinking of pursuing a career in the same industry as you?
Be proactive and make things happen at speed. Don’t be scared to do what you believe and be original.
What do you think the next steps are for you this year?
Now that’d be telling! I’ll give you a clue: #YearOfTheVideo
What’s the dream?
Fair employment opportunities for young people across the globe. To be able to support a young individual whose language I don’t even speahttp://yourfeed.com/k is the dream.
Finish these sentences…
- In your twenties the three things I tend to think about are… Alfie my dog, English Breakfast Tea, my personal brand
- When I look at my bank statement after a night out I usually… Laugh because I don’t spend a penny!
- The Twenty Mile Club… inspirational content at its finest!
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