The Importance of Following Your Own Dream

Recently, we caught up with the lovely Esme Leitch from Duror, to learn about her new role as an Assistant at Nevis Radio in Fort William in the Outdoor Capital of the UK, and her active involvement with the local community. Esme also spoke to us about; why she found that university was not the only route to a successful career, opportunities for young people in the West Highlands – and the importance of following your own dreams.

Leaving University

Former School Captain, Esme Leitch, finished Kinlochleven High School with a very enviable four As and a B at Higher level, where she then progressed onto the University of Aberdeen, to study for a degree in Law. However, Esme quickly realised that despite cultural thinking that university was not the ‘be all and end all’.

Serving the Community

Esme heard about the vacancy for her role at Nevis Radio on the radio station itself, and with her combined experience in drama, being Assistant Director at Lochaber Youth Theatre, involved in comedy study up and her eclectic taste in music. This exciting opportunity to apply for a media role at her local community radio station seemed too good to miss. At Nevis Radio, Esme enjoys on the job training and knowing that her role is having a positive impact by serving the communities of Fort William and the surrounding regions of Lochaber including Fort Augustus, Mallaig, Kinlochleven and parts of the Isle of Skye. Esme told us that as much as she loves having her own radio show, it’s the fact that she gets to serve her local community, which is the most satisfying part of her job and what she proudly tells her family and friends about.

Esme’s top tip for success?

There is no set way to do things, be resilient and follow your own dreams!

Why the West Highlands is a perfect place to live, work and learn?

The best bits about living in the West Highlands according to Esme, is being able to take advantage of the unique environment, landscape and culture that our beautiful region offers, and we couldn’t agree with her more.

If you would like to find out more information about what careers and further education that is available in the West Highlands, see the following links below:

Alternatively contact the DYW West Highland team on: info@dywwesthighland.org / 01397 705 765 / Facebook / Twitter or call in and see us in the office at 15 High Street, Fort William, PH33 6DH