As we get closer and closer to the day we graduate, we got the wonderful opportunity of having Gabriela Lungu as one of our commencement speakers. Gabriela, the Global Creative Director at Geometry UK comes with over 23 years of experience in the field of Public Relations and Communications. As for her level of excitement and enthusiasm, she outshone all 19 of us combined.
Her address started off with her congratulating us on making it this far and successfully graduating the course in these unprecedented times. She followed this with a brief introduction about herself and her past collaborations with SCoRe and how delighted she’d been to be a part of this.
Along with giving us some very interesting tips on building a successful career and life in general, the main point of focus for her entire commencement address was on Creativity and the importance of it. Here are a few key takeaways from her session :
- Creativity allows us to create solutions to overcome new and existing challenges.
- Try and make it big in your own country and market first before thinking about exploring internationally. After that, the sky’s the limit.
- Creativity is something that comes from within. Some people might have resources but for people who don’t, creativity never leaves you. That’s your kind of resource.
- Figure yourself out and create a list of Energisers and Drainers. Try and keep a distance from the things that drain you and constantly indulge yourself in activities that energise you, motivate you. Don’t wait for others to motivate you.
- Believe that you can, aim for the stars for if you think you can, you will. Set small goals for yourself as well but never limit yourself. Don’t sell yourself short.
- Resilience. Resilience matters the most. Having a ‘never give up’ attitude is what is going to help you reach the stars.
- Create your own luck, work for it and work hard.
- Accept failures to be a part of the game. Use your failures as one of the most powerful tools for self-development. Learn how to fail but also learn how to bounce back.
- Say YES but also learn when to say NO. Use peer pressure in a clever way.
- Adopt an underdog mentality.
- The three most important skills in this new decade are : problem solving, critical thinking & creativity.
- Learn to be great at selling as good ideas don’t sell themselves. You cannot bore people into buying creative ideas.
- Treat everything like an opportunity.
- Harness the power of creativity.
Not only did she give us valuable insights that are going to stay with us for the rest of our lives, she also motivated us with her energy and the want to do more, learn more and be better than our past selves. Drawing references from personal instances and the lessons she learnt throughout her career, it was an absolute pleasure to have this interaction with Gabriela.
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