IWORK’s founder, Julia Kermode, was selected to be a speaker at the independently organised TEDxNorthwich event held on 23 April 2022. TEDx talks are based around an “idea worth spreading”, delivered without visual aids, and should be punchy, to the point, and challenge the audience’s thinking. All of which means that TEDx talks are world renowned and it’s an honour to be selected for such a prestigious event.
True to form, Kermode’s presentation focussed on her passion for the world of work. She noticed that people often put themselves down due to the job that they do, saying things like “I’m just a… temp/cleaner/labourer/etc”. Julia argues that whatever our job is, it is important otherwise it wouldn’t need doing.
During COVID we were all suddenly reliant on keyworkers: health workers, supermarket workers, couriers, transport, factory workers – the list goes on and is full of “I’m just a” jobs. This was an unseen army of unsung heroes who risked their health to keep us all going during lockdowns.
You can view the talk here, just 9 minutes of your time will change your perceptions. If you enjoy it, please give it the thumbs up on YouTube, and even better comment on it.
Doing these two small things will encourage the algorithms to do their job and show it to more people. Ultimately, if this presentation can empower people who need to hear that they too are important, then it will have done what Julia set out to achieve.