NAME: Anaïs Mutumba
EDUCATION: Pharmaceutical Management at Bradford University and Broadcast Journalism at Brunel University
JOB TITLE: Freelance Broadcast Journalist
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Determined. Excitable. Organised.
You have so many different jobs! How did you get here? What’s your story?
I wonder that myself sometimes. I’ve had incredible opportunities. Initially, I studied and planned to become a hospital director with my first degree. For 3 years after graduation I tried. Unsuccessfully. My best friend could see how upset I was about not starting my career so she recommended the NCTJ. The National Council for the Training of Journalists who exist to help people from various backgrounds into journalism. All I had was a blog reviewing movies and that apparently was enough and the rest is history. Now I have a day job in IT (which I love) to supplement my own business as a freelance journalist. I also sing professionally because, why not?
What do your different jobs entail on a day to day basis?
By day, I help manage and assist with repairing issues with 6 IT systems for all European cities with a focus on France and the U.K for a global IT company. All other free time is either spent at church (I sometimes sing and help manage a production team as a volunteer) or doing client work. So I either go home straight after work to do what my clients need or sit in a café or my freelance offices in Camden.
What do you like the most about what you do?
The variety. If something is too mundane, I can become bored. This is probably why I have so many things on the go. Being able to use my skills in a few different areas also keeps me sharp.
What do you think is the key skill that has made you successful?
Tenacity. I’ve had a lot of setbacks amongst my successes and it’s my refusal to give up. I still feel I have a long way to go but at least I’m still going.
What was your ever first job?
Customer Service for a company that assisted elderly people into luxury assisted accommodation.
What are you passionate about?
Telling the truth.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Working full time as a presenter and writer as an investigative journalist. I would love to use my languages such as for Al Jazeera.
What’s your proudest moment?
I like to celebrate big and small moments so I have plenty. But probably most recently, my opinion piece on the racist attacks in America being published online by The Huffington Post called “Dear White People”.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
Keep moving forward even if you’re crawling.
What message/tips would you like to give to young women with similar aspirations?
Don’t compare your journey to someone else’s. YOU are unique and what you have to offer is important. So keep working at your craft and be flexible to learn from those further along in the journey.
Thank you Anaïs for the wise words!
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