When You Wish Upon A Star, Your Dreams Come True: Destination Disney with Meera Barot

Welcome to Mindless Interviews! Join us as we speak to our wonderful campaign partners, our past interns, industry professionals, and deep dive into Impact around Stuff That Matters.

Today, we'll be joined by one of our lovely past interns. Meera joined Mindless Academy and took part in our Digital Micro-Internship programme in April 2021. Since then, Meera has gone to secure a 12-week CRM intern position at The Walt Disney Company!

In this interview, we'll be talking to Meera about her admirable mindset, her career steps so far and she'll be sharing her advice on how to believe in yourself!

Mindless: Give us a rundown of your educational background, what did you study, and where? How did you find your experience?

Meera: I did my A levels in Classical civilisation, Drama and Philosophy but when I left school I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I didn’t have any confidence in myself so I took some years out to try and figure out what I should do. I tried a few things and then decided I wanted to be back in education so I now study Marketing at the University of Liverpool. To be honest, I still don’t know exactly where it’ll lead me but it’s giving me so many new experiences which are making me more confident and excited to try new things in the future. The most valuable part of my education experience now is all of the opportunities it presents. I can see myself growing as a person, not just through the education my course provides but through the people I meet and life experiences I’m having.

Mindless: That is amazing! Saying YES to those opportunities is so valuable! So, we’ve seen you’ve had some BIG news recently! Tell us about what’s going on in your career life at the moment?

Meera: I’ve been so lucky to get a 12-month placement with Disney as a CRM intern where I’ll gain so much knowledge about the marketing activities that drive the company. I can’t wait to be a part of such a huge organisation and learn what my strengths and weaknesses are. I feel like this experience will help me to understand myself better, I’ll get to learn from some incredibly successful people, and build a better future for myself.

Mindless: That’s fantastic! How did you come across this position?

Meera: My university has been really helpful with telling us about the opportunities available to us. I found the position through an email about placement vacancies and knew it was the one I wanted. So I applied with the mindset that the job was mine for the taking and I’d work as hard as I needed to to get it.

Mindless: That mindset is incredible. We love and admire the passion you have for mindset and a positive mindset. Something you said during your testimonial really stood out to us. ‘I believe that a positive mindset is our greatest tool for achieving what we want to in life.’ Can you tell us more about that and how you utilised this tool to land such a fantastic Internship?

Meera: I used to be a very negative person who always saw the down side. I let a lot of things bring me down and convinced myself I couldn’t do much with my life. But ever since I made the conscious effort to change this mindset, I saw how things started to change. By focusing on the things I’m grateful for, I make room in my life for more of those things. Without a positive mindset, it’s difficult to attract what you want into your life because a lot of energy goes towards focusing on what you don’t have. When I knew I had a chance to get this placement, I decided I was going to believe whole-heartedly that I was going to get it. By envisioning myself already working for Disney, and focusing on feeling gratitude for the opportunity, I was able to manifest it in reality.

Mindless: SO powerful. Thank you so much for sharing that - you are a true role model when it comes to harnessing a positive mindset. It’s going to take you far! What key things do you wish your 'first year' uni self knew about the career world?

Meera: The career world is not such a scary place. It can be very welcoming and accepting of your talents as long as you allow it to be. The most important thing is to do everything you can to keep learning and growing, get as much experience as you can and don’t be afraid of a challenge. The things that scare us are the things we gain the most from and will help us along the way.

Mindless: Great advice! What was your biggest takeaway from your time taking part in our Digital Micro-Internship programme?

Meera: I have something unique to offer the world and what I have to say is important. Whether one person gains something from my work or a thousand people, it is still valuable and important. I also learned a lot about my own confidence and how with every achievement, the confidence grows a little more. I now feel like I can do anything I put my mind to and I’m not afraid to ask for help along my journey.

Mindless: We are so proud to have been a part of that journey for you! What advice do you have for landing your dream role?

Meera: Dream big! Don’t ever be put off by people who tell you to lower your expectations. I was scared for a while because people around me were landing jobs and I felt pressured to maybe apply for things which were ‘safer’ and more achievable. But I’m glad I didn’t. I had the confidence to pursue the job I wanted from the start no matter how unrealistic it seemed to me, and it paid off. I was rejected from a few jobs before I got my dream role, but I didn’t let it knock my confidence. You can never mess up something that is meant for you, so don’t give up!

Mindless: What did you dream of when you were young and have those dreams changed now?

Meera: I had a lot of dreams when I was young like being a vet to help animals, being a chef, and at one point I wanted to be a lawyer. One thing I knew was that I wanted a lot of money and a big house! Now, my dreams are a little more simple. I don’t like the idea that in order to be successful, I have to achieve a certain thing. I just want to go out and do what makes me excited about life, and I know that all other success is secondary. The money and the big house will come eventually, but what’s more important is filling my life with people that I love and being proud of the work that I do.

Mindless: What advice would you give to someone who feels like they aren’t achieving what they set out to do and are afraid of failing?

Meera: A lot of the time, we compare ourselves to our peers and when we see the achievements of others, it can make us feel like we aren’t doing enough or aren’t as successful. But always remember that everyone has their own journey and with that, everyone’s time frame looks different. There’s no rule which dictates what age your success should be achieved by and there’s no rule that decides what success looks like to you. Focus on yourself, take small steps to make progress, and always be grateful for what you learn along the way because learning and evolving is success in itself. Don’t forget to celebrate how far you’ve come instead of always focusing on what you don’t have yet. If you focus on gratitude, you will always win!

You can find Meera on LinkedIn here to follow her journey! Are you interested in writing with us?? Get in touch to find out more or to nominate our next interviewee at info@mindlessacademy.com!

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