I had a relaxed chat with Amela about what it takes to succeed as a student and become a professional. She had an interesting story of moving countries, studying Architecture, studying Law and experiencing a portfolio of jobs. She doesn’t regret the 23 years she spent studying, she said it has helped her get where she is today and made her a more rounded individual.
She talked specifically about students passion. You either have passion for something or you don’t, ‘you can only inspire people by your own passion’ and ‘passion is absolutely essential’. I think it is important to have a keen interest in whatever you want your career to be, passion drives your aspiration and motivation, and it links success to enjoyment. Amela said that a career should be born on passion, whatever you are passionate about, regardless of what it is, you should pursue it. If you have a project or you plan to do something, you should do it and listen to your passion. If you try it and don’t like it then you can learn from that, but if you don’t do it you will never know.
She also talked about self confidence. It doesn’t matter if what you do is not as good as someone else, if the person who matters thinks it’s great they will build it, it doesn’t matter what someone else thinks. Self belief is important to success, and it goes back to passion again, if you are passionate then use whatever gets in your way to drive you.
It was great talking to Amela because she had a good understanding about student aspirations. She brought some interesting views on passion, and that is something that I’d like to photograph, because it is believed by Amela to be vital in whatever you do.