LTM:  “ How would you describe yourself as a millennial?”

IK:  “I would say I’m goal driven, witty with a sense of humor but also dedicated to what I do. So I balance everything that I am.”

LTM: “ How would you describe the your academic journey from the start to finish”

IK: “It was a learning experience that we’re not always prepared for, but we make it work. It was one of the best experiences that I could ever encounter, I mean you learn a lot academically and try and make sense of it all. There lies the beauty of the brain and being able to break it down, decipher it and get to understand it as much as possible. I would say it’s one of the best experiences I could undergo.”

LTM:  “ What kind of lessons did you learn from your academic journey?”

IK: “I learnt a lot, mainly being responsible. We are taught that a lot of life experiences comes with the responsibility to make sure that we utilize what we’re taught and to be focused, as it goes a long way. Nothing like hard work and a proactive attitude gets you going on about achieving desired set goals. We’re taught that we need to be assertive in all we do so that we can let our best side come to light.”

LTM “ What motivated you to be persistent in job hunting?”

IK: “There is a lot of things that I had envisioned for my life. From choosing what field of study I wanted, to making sure that I worked hard to get good marks, I could not see myself working outside the umbrella of HR. The desire of being in the world of HR was fire that was ignited long ago and I owed it to myself to make sure that I gave it my all in the process of job hunting.”

LTM: “Did it really matter which industry you would land in professionally?”

IK: “It did matter because I wanted to be in HR and if I were to land in any other place it wouldn’t have been a good land because I know what I wanted and I had set out goals for myself and this industry that I am in now is what I wanted, I had envisioned for myself.”

LTM: “What kind of mentally did you have to adapt too at EY opposed too from your previous job?”

IK: “I wouldn’t say mentality but I had to adapt to their way of doing things, EY prides itself into building a better working world and we’re often told that we have to drive our careers. I had to instill in myself that if had to be someone at EY, I had to work hard, I had to prove myself worthy of the opportunity that I was given and I believe I did just that.”

LTM: “What kind of hope would you like to bring to your family and community as a black man?”

IK: “That it’s possible I know it sounds cliché but I want them to know that it’s possible to believe in yourself and fight for what you believe in. I’m a living proof of that. Landing a job in a field that I love was the best thing but to land it at EY because it is incredible, so whoever may be looking up to me should take pride in the fact that you can make it work where ever you come from, it’s hard but it is not impossible.”

LTM: “What do you appreciate about being a black man?”

IK: “The fact that I was raised to fight for my spot in the world. The teachings from an early age and the fact that I have so much to offer the world. The values that brought me up, wouldn’t have made it this far it weren’t for them.”

LTM: “What kind of positive message would you like to give to fellow black men who may feel alienated by either personal or professional issues?”

IK: “I know to some it may be unheard of but know that we live in an era where we are able to speak up or have someone to talk to. It’s not easy for men especially black males to speak about personal or professional issues, I want them to know that it’s okay to be vocal because the more you bottle it up the more toxic it becomes to you and I should not make a norm of this accepted unhealthy cycle. We want to be able to exist in a space that conducive for all of us where we’re not afraid to voice out our issues in fear of being mocked or labeled weak. We should normalize speaking up.”