Name: Alex Kolawole

Which Taylor Bennett Foundation programme was you on: Finsbury Autumn 2013

Job title: Senior Consultant

Company: APCO Worldwide

Twitter: Alex_K10

LinkedIn: Alex Kolawole

What did you get out of being on the Foundation’s programme?

The programme provided me with the first-hand experience of what to expect when working in a professional environment. This was incredibly helpful because I was surrounded by like-minded and ambitious individuals who were striving for success.

Beyond the range of skills I developed throughout the programme, most importantly, I discovered self-confidence. I can truly say this has continued to help me in my current day-to-day role. 

What was your most memorable moment on the programme?

Sitting in a dining room at Buckingham Palace with the comms team was pretty surreal so that’s definitely a highlight.

What have you done since? (jobs, types of clients, typical work etc)

I met a senior comms professional on the programme who helped me secure an internship at my current company. I started APCO Worldwide as an Intern and have progressed through different levels working on an incredibly diverse portfolio of clients in sectors such as technology, Government, defence/aerospace, luxury property and digital.

I currently manage corporate comms accounts where I provide media relations and digital strategy for existing and prospective clients.

What are your top tips for young BAME people considering a career in PR?

I would have to narrow this to three short points:

  • You have to be curious and willing to continuously learn and improve
  • Confident and passionate
  • Be willing to listen