From @WomenEdLondon to @WomenEdWM to an AHT


Fancy rapid career progression? Who would have thought that within three weeks of attending two #WomenEd events, I would be securing my first AHT position? 

Since starting my leadership journey last year, I realised that I have always been rather fearful and self-doubting, not the strong person I believed I was. Life has been hard, encountering numerous locked doors.

Many barriers have been put up deliberately, accidentally or by mother nature's twist of fate. Seeing positives through difficulties, not losing sight of reality and taking action is the only way forward. Early on in life, I realised that life was full of negativity and that I had a choice. I had the choice to ignore negativity; focus only on positives. That is my mantra for life.

Being positive, I attended my first #womened‍ conference, I was able to talk about leading with my core values and morals during my AHT interview. Here is a recap at 

Heading to Coventry for Saturday 11th March was another positive leap into the unknown,  accidentally booking a lead meet and ticking all the boxes to do a volunteer speech! Little did I realise making this mistake, would lead to becoming an AHT. 

Just Dance is a recap of the day:

Lessons learnt from Strength Based Leadership:

Within one week of attending two WomenEd events, I had become 10% braver and decided to apply for AHT positions. 

I was invited to a school for a chat, immediately fell in love and was invited for an interview. The rest as they say is history...

The gruelling interview process, has become a bit of a blur. However, I remember some responses regarding #WomenEd. I explained that I was proactive; I had delivered a speech about what self- belief was and how to develop it in others. The blog that prompted the speech:;

Due to Strength Based Leadership session, in Coventry, I was able to articulate my strengths and needs clearly.  

Main tips:

1.JoinTwitter- seek your tribe

2.Choose yourself- share your dreams

3. Be proactive about own PD- attend conferences, learn and reflect

4. Seek advice- @vivienne‍ and @jillberry‍ have written blogs from filling in applications to interview process 

5. Fill in application forms- the more practise you get at tailoring each one to the specific job the better you'll become at it

6. Always ask for feedback- from application form to interview process

7. Learn and reflect from feedback

8. Be brave, ask for help for interviews (Twitter is brilliant!)

9. If at first you don't succeed, continue trying

10. Remember what you are seeking is seeking you

11. Open a door on purpose or accidentally 

I am extremely grateful to all the wonderful people I have met through Twitter. Looking forward to meeting the many more. Thank you to #womened‍‍, @misswilsey‍ and to those who have offered words of kindness, support and encouragement. I have been lucky to find my tribe and grow my network. Here's to finding yours. Good luck! 

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Anoara Mughal

Anoara Mughal

AHT, Year 6, Literacy Lead, Pastoral

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Shirley Drummond Shirley Drummond @sdrummond 6 months ago
Wow! Congratulations Anoara! What a journey.. so delighted for you. #womened
Hannah Wilson Hannah Wilson @misswilsey 6 months ago
This is a fab post & testament to you opening doors, seizing opportunities & being #10%braver. So proud of you! X
Anoara Mughal Anoara Mughal @ano 6 months ago
Thank you Hannah @misswilsey for championing @womened in order to inspire leaders. Your drive and energy is infectious and I hope to be like you one day. xxx
Victoria O'Farrell Victoria O'Farrell @vjofarrell 6 months ago
Fantastic blog and story about the impact of #womened which so many of us can relate to. It's interesting how you described yourself as being 'fearful', 'self doubting' and 'not a strong person'. I think that whatever has happened has been quite profound, maybe you have always been a strong person but you were a volcano waiting to erupt! Good luck in your new role!
Anoara Mughal Anoara Mughal @ano 6 months ago
Thank you for your positive comments @vjofarrell We usually judge ourselves on other peoples' perceptions of us. The fear and self doubt crept in as a result of this but that is another story. Whether by chance or not #womened were there for me at such a crucial time and did have a profound and positive impact.
Jill Berry Jill Berry @jillberry 6 months ago
Good to read this, Anoara, and I love, "Remember what you are seeking is seeking you".... Have a very good Easter break, and congratulations again on your new role!
B Yusuf B Yusuf @byusuf 6 months ago
Many congratulations to you, Anoara. This post is a great summary of your journey. I chuckled reading how you had accidentally volunteered yourself to speak at the @womened event in Coventry
Anoara Mughal Anoara Mughal @ano 6 months ago
Whoops! Typing too fast again! Thank you @jillberry That is a quote from Rumi which I absolutely love. And that is exactly why we need to seize opportunities whether they are intentional or accidental.
Kiran S Kiran S @kiran 6 months ago

Amazing achievement - positvity creates positivity. Amazing xx
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