Nicole radiates with enthusiasm and energy for her work, confirming that she’s a huge believer in doing the things that genuinely move and inspire her. But this has often meant moving into new, unfamiliar territory, supported by a knack for identifying her most transferable skills.
At university, Nicole studied product design, but in 2014 she graduated feeling like a fraud. “I felt like a phoney for not sticking to the thing I thought I had to,” she shares. While her peers had been polishing their practical making and design skills, she had blossomed in situations where she had to present to a crowd, or carry out detailed research. Even though she instantly landed an e-commerce assistant job she loved at Dezeen, she still had a feeling that she’d failed the expectations of her degree.
Now far beyond the guilt she experienced as a recent grad, Nicole has learnt to embrace having many outlets, finding confidence in trying new things; “Whenever I do something that I thought I couldn’t do, it reminds me that I’m capable of so much more,” she says, “I’m like, ‘If I can do this what else can I do?’ It makes me want to go for gold.”