Becky Musonda has been a Talent Match Coach working with Ground Work South Yorkshire since February 2017, she engages and encourages young people to improve their employability and enterprise skills and has helped work with the refugee camp. Through the camps and activities Groundwork offers she has helped to boost the young people she works with skills and most importantly confidence so they can make their own decisions on what they want to do with many going on to secure employment, education or training.
Born and bred in Sheffield she grew up in a family business and started work at age eleven when her parents opened a childrens play centre, by the time she was fourteen she opened her own business - Razzmatazz face painting and ran it successfully for over seven years bringing in more staff members and maintaining relationships with contractors.
She graduated Leeds Beckett University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Global Development with first class honours, while she was studying in 2014 she was awarded a scholarship to study Political Sciences in Germany for four months.
During her time at Uni she volunteered in Zambia and Malawi in the summers. While she was there she helped teach English to young people and helped develop their skills as well as opened a youth friendly service at a rural clinic to help young people access clinics and help reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS. She also helped organise a career development and enterprise workshop for youths in Zambia and networked with other organisations to develop the initiative of learning she had helped to set up.
What was your first job?
I worked for my parents from age 11 and helped them to build their business
What was your biggest mistake?
I don't really have any mistakes, I believe that mistakes are a part of life and help make you who you are today
What is your favourite thing about Talent Match
How open the project is to be able to do much more with each individual client based on what is best for them
What do you like to do in your spare time? e.g. any hobbies?
I love travelling, going on lots of holidays, walking my two sausage dogs and going to the gym
What would you want your epitaph to say
It isn't the date either end that counts but how they used their dash. For that dash between the dates represents all the time they spent alive on Earth and now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth
What motto do you try to live by?
Life is better in pyjamas
If you weren't working for Talent Match what would you be doing?
Probably still living in Zambia and soaking up the sun!
What would your ideal day away from work entail?
Relaxing at the spa
What is your favourite time of day?
Box set time at night!
What did you want to do when you were younger?
I always dreamed of being a pizza maker in Asda where they make custom pizzas on the counter!
Where would you love to travel to?
What advice can you give to others?
That the world is your oyster, you are in a position to take any opportunity that life has to offer if you are prepared to take it
What is your greatest achievement?
Ah this is a hard one! Probably getting a first at uni, or completing the ICS programme in Zambia