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But Curnow adds that these peo­ple can of­ten miss out on recog­ni­tion in big or­gan­i­sa­tions un­less they dis­tin­guish them­selves in some other ca­pac­ity.

Peo­ple need to fo­cus on the cur­rent job they are in and ab­so­lutely ex­cel in that,’’ she says.

From my own ex­pe­ri­ence, when you blow the lights out of a job you are do­ing, com­pa­nies be­come very re­cep­tive to dif­fer­ent ideas or am­bi­tions.

Show­ing ini­tia­tive by putting your hand up for a new project (which gives you a lead­er­ship role) is also vi­tal as well as propos­ing a change to an ex­ist­ing pro­ce­dure.’’

Pic­ture: Cameron Richard­son.

LEADER: Sarah Curnow is the brains be­hind men­tor­ing group Young Ein­steins.

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