Success Stories

Louisa Kartei

Trainee Researcher, BBC

How I overcame my personal challenges to achieve my dreams

MAMA Youth Project taught me to never give up. I now believe in myself a lot more and try as much as I can to stay positive so I can achieve my goals."


"MAMA Youth Project taught me to never give up. I now believe in myself a lot more and try as much as I can to stay positive so I can achieve my goals."

“Before MYP I had graduated with a degree in Film Studies and had started looking for a job within the industry whilst working as a waitress. I thought that with my qualification job hunting would be a walk in the park, but I soon realised that I needed experience to even get a work experience placement. I became very disheartened and found myself at a dead end.

Whilst at MYP I was a trainee researcher. I worked with a great team of people who were very caring and helpful. It taught me how to be confident in interacting with others and I learned that I have to keep pushing until the very end to get the best results possible. It also taught me how to organise my work in a way that helps me meet targets.

MYP taught me to never give up. I now believe in myself a lot more and try as much as I can to stay positive so I can achieve my goals. MYP has allowed me to develop my interpersonal skills and also meet deadlines. After being a part of MYP I encourage myself to make bold decisions at work and outside of work, and this will definitely stick with me in the future.

After leaving MYP in June 2015,  I was on a placement with BBC Comedy working on Tracey Ullman’s show, which aired last early this year. It was an experience I will never forget – it taught me so much about how a TV production works and I had loads of fun meeting talent and discovering the world of sets and costume. I then continued on to working with BBC Events for 6 months and have worked on some amazing broadcasts including Adele at the BBC and BBC Music Awards.

As of recent, I am working with BBC Science. I have already met some great people and have made really good contacts. I hope to be a part of a crazy science experiment soon!

My advice to young people starting out at MYP is to make connections. Contacts are really useful, especially when you feel like giving up. Somebody is always out there to help so don’t feel alone and always communicate your struggles because people will do their best to help you succeed if you believe in yourself.”