Holly Wilson

Social Media Executive, Eaglescliffe

Sector: PR and Marketing

While dealing with the death of one of her closest friends, Holly Wilson has had to overcome struggles alongside studying. She now works in a role that gives her the self-belief to want to succeed in all aspects in her life. 

Where do you call home? 

Eaglescliffe  

Tell us about your role?  

I am a social media executive at Middlesbrough-based sustainable body and hair care brand nuddy.  

How did you get to where you are today? 

After finishing my A-levels, I moved to Newcastle to complete my BA honours degree in English literature and language at Newcastle University. With my final year disrupted by the pandemic, I finished my degree from home before beginning to navigate the world of employment shortly after. I was lucky enough to be hired for this role eight months after graduating.   

What struggles or obstacles did you face along the way? 

One of the biggest struggles of the past few years has been suffering the bereavement of one of my close friends in 2019 after her three-year struggle with brain cancer. Both her illness and death has put a huge strain on my mental health, which has meant completing my studies and beginning my first graduate role has not been an easy journey. 

These issues have often felt like an obstacle in my way, especially while trying to complete my degree to the best of my ability. Managing personal trauma alongside “regular” life has been a difficult experience that has forced me to endure situations I could never have imagined and search for strength I didn’t know I had.  

Describe the moment you first got a feel for success? 

My own grief made me realise I am capable of anything and gave me a sense of resilience that has manifested itself into my career.

After beginning my role at nuddy, I found that seeing both my own, and the business’s, progress really spurred me on to aim high. As my responsibilities within my role have expanded, seeing the improvement in my own work and the way I manage my tasks has helped me to appreciate how well I am doing. This self-belief has made me want to succeed to the best of my abilities in all aspects of my life.  

Do you have any advice to aspiring young females? 

Being from the North-East can often lead you to believe there are less opportunities, especially as a young woman. Don’t let imposter syndrome stop you in your tracks – you are just as worthy as anyone else to achieve what you set your mind to. Also, for anyone who doesn’t have a clue what they want to do, that’s fine! Trial and error is not failure and you will eventually find the right path for yourself.  

What advice would you give to your younger self?  

I would tell myself that things will turn out absolutely fine – life changes and you’ll grow with it. I’d also say that working on myself is invaluable – once you know how to be self-sufficient and happy by yourself, you’ve cracked it. 

What three words inspire you and encourage a positive path?  

Make yourself proud. 

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