What happens when one missed grade closes the door on your childhood dream of being a vet? For Anaïs Mutumba, it meant exploring new opportunities. Through her company Just My Opinion Ltd, Anaïs, 32, now offers her services as a freelance journalist, technical specialist and communications and social media consultant. She uses Starling to manage both her personal and business finances.
“From the age of 6, I was convinced I was going to be a vet. When I was 17, I got a C in Physics for my A-Level which meant that I could no longer apply for the course,” she explains. “It really threw me. And the crazy thing is that physics only made up about 5% of the course,” she says.
Instead, she decided to study Pharmaceutical Management at the University of Bradford. “I still have an affinity with animals but I’m actually really happy with how it’s turned out,” she says.
Like many people finishing university after the recession, she struggled to find a job after graduating in 2010. She began teaching herself how to fix computers and started a film blog, both of which opened up her career path in terms of IT and journalism.