MASK SUCCESS STORIES
"MASK DEVELOPED MY HABIT OF INNOVATING"
Hellen attended the MASK Creativity Club at her school in a remote village in Kenya for three years. She then became a MASK volunteer before studying analytical chemistry at college. There, she invented a new drug that her college intends to patent. "MASK developed my habit of innovating,” said Hellen. “I want to innovate everything now!"
After graduating college, Hellen found a job at a pharmaceutical company in Nairobi. Within months, just 22, she was promoted to “supervise an all-male team that had been at the company for years”. She credited her success to creativity: “Coming to the job, I was able to suggest a few more effective ways of managing some aspects and got noticed.”
Later she moved to an even larger company to become “responsible for the design of new analytical procedures" with an office and a higher salary. In her spare time, she joined a land-investment group and bought land dedicated to agricultural innovation. "MASK taught me to think outside the box,” she says, “to be entrepreneurial.”
Recently, Hellen got a job with Unilever. Interviewing 60 candidates, the company chose Hellen! "You stood out for your creative attitude," commented Unilever’s Human Resource manager. Hellen explained: "80% of the questions asked by the interviewers were about problem-solving. They wanted to know how I approach it." She told them of one customer who complained about a product. When she went to see him, she discovered the problem was not the product but the equipment that operated it. Hellen fixed the equipment and a week later received a happy call from the customer.
Employers need creative forces like Hellen. They “know how to think outside the paradigm, to kick-start a new idea, to get a job done better," says a GlaxoSmithKline CEO.
Hellen is confident in her future. Creativity ensures her success.
“MASK MADE ME AN ENTREPRENEUR”
"MASK HELPED ME TO DEVELOP MY THINKING"
“MASK HELPED ME TO REALISE MY TALENTS"