The first steps of your career journey can bring a tough battle with your confidence.

From rejections to unmet goals to receiving no reply for that application that took so long to write. When the self-doubt sets in, it can help to hear the stories of people who have been there before and kept up the hustle. If they made it, you can too.

Sharing those stories and inspiring young people to make a strong start on their own careers is what Remel London is all about.

Along with her work as an award-winning TV & Radio Presenter, Remel founded The Mainstream, a creative platform offering networking opportunities, live events, workshops and a star-studded podcast to support individuals to launch and develop their careers in The Mainstream Media and beyond.

Remel first joined Apprentice Nation as an expert voice in the Six Keys to Success Programme, sharing the highs and lows of her journey, and how she carved her way into the media and entertainment industry.

Remel is also a Mentor at Apprentice Nation , and we’re thrilled she’ll be bringing her motivational spark to two upcoming Into the Booth Live Events for National Apprenticeship Week.

Step Into the Booth with Remel

In collaboration with The Mainstream and hosted by Remel, Demystifying Apprenticeships (Wednesday 10th February @ 7pm) will explore how you can earn and learn on the job at a top employer like Unilever or Google. Bring your questions and get honest answers from apprentices at BT and Multiverse.

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But, that’s not all! Ask Remel any questions about her journey to making it in the mainstream media at Demystifying the Music Industry on Thursday 11th February @ 7pm.

We couldn’t wait until then to grab some words of encouragement from Remel herself. Check out what she’s learned from making her first move to making it into The Mainstream:

What’s one high and one low of your journey so far?

A particular high for me was landing my own show on Capital Xtra, after years of work experience and working my way up the media ladder at numerous stations it was a huge achievement to have my own show on the station I had grown up listening to.

There are a lot of NO’s in this industry, sometimes you do set your heart out on particular jobs and it doesn’t always work out, but you learn to pick yourself up and keep striving.

What advice would you give young people looking to shape their future?

It may sound obvious but not enough people hear it… JUST DO IT! If you’ve got an idea, a goal or a dream, do everything you can to make it happen. This may mean getting work experience, reaching out to new networks or starting your own project yourself, I always tell people it’s important to make a start and keep working at it!

Who’s been your favourite guest on The Mainstream so far?

I really loved having broadcaster Clara Amfo on the podcast. She’s such a huge inspiration to so many young Black British women on the air and on TV. It was a joy to listen and learn from her and hear her stories of meeting Oprah, Jay Z and all of her incredible tips for making it in The Mainstream.

Want to hear more from Remel and explore the best career routes for you? Sign up to our Into the Booth Live Events: Demystifying Apprenticeships and Demystifying The Music Industry

Plus, check out our National Apprenticeship Week page to explore more events and resources to help Shape Your Future.

Get even more tips for Going Far in Remel’s interview with Louis.