Meet Niamh Smith; Affari’s Operations Assistant and our latest apprentice! Crashing cars, skiing trips, Italian food and a very strong dislike of Kylie Minogue (what?!)… get to know Niamh on a personal level…

How did you find your way to Affari?

I went to sixth form and completed my A-Levels, but as it was coming to an end, this meant I had to work out my next step. University was a definite no-go for me, as I had been working for several years throughout my studies, so I began the classic job search.

I stumbled across Affari and the role appealed to me because of the culture as they had certain elements, such as the Inspire outings and the tuck shop, but unfortunately… I wasn’t successful! So later down the line, I was working alongside an apprentice agency who then put my name forward to Affari. I got invited in for an interview and now I’m here!

What are the three best things about yourself?

1 – I’m really good at accents – my best one is Scouse!
2 – I’m pretty chilled out, I don’t get stressed out easily and get on with a lot of people.
3 – Finally, I’m a trustworthy person. You can guarantee it stays with me!

What’s one of your best experiences?

Well… I haven’t had that many experiences if I’m honest, as I’ve just came out of school!

But, the best experience I’ve had so far has to be a skiing trip in Italy. We travelled there by bus for 24 hours (which allowed us all to bond!) to the ‘Sestriere resort’. Although I was awful at the actual skiing, being on such an adventurous holiday with 30 mates was pretty amazing!

What other interests do you have other than Affari?

I’m not going to lie… I don’t have any hobbies and I’ve always been angry at my parents for not making me a famous child that sings or dances!

I do love going out (not just drinking, honest!). I like to try new places to eat, especially Italian. Shopping is also a passion of mine, I’m actually a serial online shopper!

What’s your favourite quote and why?

“I wish there was a way to know you were in the good old days before you left them.” – It’s actually from the last episode of The US Office! It’s my favourite quote because it makes you wonder, have I left the good old days? So it just motivates you to always have a good time, otherwise you’ll regret it!

What’s #1 on your bucket list?

It’s a goal of mine to explore and see as many different cultures as possible, so I want to at least visit every continent!

If you could invite 3 famous people to a dinner party, who would you invite?

I’d invite Kris Jenner and Karl Pilkington, as they’re both hilarious! As for the third, I’d invite Kylie Minogue…. just to tell her that I don’t like her – she’s just one of those celebrities that really *swear word* irritates me!

What personality trait has gotten you in the most trouble?

I can be too laid back and chilled out, I’ve been in situations where this hasn’t helped!

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

Passing my driving test. I passed first time and only got two minors….genuinely don’t know how I did it… because shorty after I passed I ended up crashing a car (thankfully, not badly)!