He just finished his postgraduate studies in HR, after having already studied International Politics. He makes his career dreams come true and, at the same time, travels all around the world. Among other things, he has served as president in King’s Think Tank and is and International Alumnus of the European Youth Parliament. His name is Nathan Hunter and he is certainly not your usual 25-year-old guy. He claims to be a foodie/feminist/traveller/slam poet, he makes his own ponchos and is constantly experimenting with his looks. Favourite animal? The llama.
- Having already undertaken leadership roles in the EYP and King’s Think Tank and getting your master’s degree in HR, which traits would you consider vital for those who wish to get involved in this career field?
Passion and excitement for what you do. Leadership is inspirational, its motivational, and you can only lead if you are passionate about what you do. In every role I take, I focus on the impact that I have on a daily basis, and I use this to energise and motivate myself. If I’m not passionate about a role or a task I’m carrying out, I cannot deliver the results I’m trying to drive, I’m unable to go the extra mile, and I cannot role model engagement for the rest of my team.
- What motivated you to follow this career path?
I entered the world of politics and policy because of the impact I wanted to have on my community. I wanted to drive progressive policy, reflect on the best ways to achieve social outcomes, and stay true to my values, but then I discovered the darker world of politics and realised it was not for me. I then followed my passion for developing people, and realised that the world of leadership, creating visions and helping people thrive in their roles, was definitely the right path for me.
- What sort of advice would you give to all those young people pursuing their own passions?
My advice would be to say yes now, and then reflect later. We pass on so many opportunities or pieces of advice because we judge them without the right information or knowledge to make that decision. How can you know that a role is not for you if you haven’t tried it? However what is extremely important is to take the time after saying yes to reflect on how the experience was, and whether you should continue down this path or not. By opening up yourself to more diverse opportunities you will be much more able to pursue your passions.
- You have travelled all over Europe and other places around the world, like the US, where you attended the Burning Man. What is it that you enjoy the most about travelling and what’s next on your bucket list?
I love discovering a variety of perspectives and cultures, this is what pushes me to try to take a holiday once every month. Going to places such as Armenia, Kosovo, and Ukraine opened my eyes to different ways of life, and the hospitality I receive is remarkable when locals realise how fascinated I am by their culture. Among the next places I would love to discover would be India due to the diversity of cultures, communities, languages, and cuisine throughout the continent-like country.
- Studying, working, travelling and running a number of projects do not deprive you from investing time in your hobbies, friends and family. What is the secret to leading such a balanced life?
My secret will be revealed in my TED talk, how to use the power of procrastination in such a structured way that you get so much done. But I guess I could also say that its my friends and hobbies that have driven my studies, work, and travels, so I don’t really make the divide between the two categories.
- You have been a TEDx speaker before in TEDxyouth@Talinn, where you explored gender inequality through a poem of yours. How was your previous experience and how do you feel about participating in this year’s TEDxUniversityofMacedonia conference?
Last year’s TED talk was an incredible experience for me, as a spoken word poet it was amazing to be able to deliver a feminist poem on such a renowned platform. It was great to meet so many fascinating people from the audience and speakers alike, and I’m looking forwards to rediscovering this and more at TEDxUniversityofMacedonia.
- One last question; what should we expect from your talk on procrastination in this year’s event, given its contradiction to your vigorous and active profile?
Expect to take a fresh look at what it means to procrastinate, and what it means to be productive. Almost everything I have achieved was through procrastination, by not doing what I was trying to drive myself to do. So you can expect some anecdotes, some counterintuitive reasoning, and a few laughs along the way.