Girls get advice from Portsmouth MP on how to achieve their career ambitions

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A PORTSMOUTH MP has spoken to schoolgirls about her career path to becoming a Member of Parliament.

Penny Mordaunt, MP for Portsmouth North, visited Portsmouth High School, spoke in assembly about her career and shared tips on how to be successful.

The girls listened to Ms Mordaunt describe how she had worked in hostels in Romania, as a secretary, and for John Major, William Hague and on George W Bush’s first presidential campaign.

She advised the girls not to worry if they too didn’t know what they wanted to do when they grew up.

‘Focus on what makes you happy as an individual, try lots of different things and do what you’re interested in,’ she said.

‘Have confidence in yourself. People form opinions on you on how confident you are. Regularly review where you want to be.’

Jane Prescott, the school’s headmistress, said: ‘We were thrilled to welcome Penny to the school. She certainly inspired the girls and it was so interesting getting an insight in to her career history.’

Ms Mordaunt added: ‘I was delighted to talk to the girls at Portsmouth High School about what I’ve learnt on my journey to being an MP as well as sharing my message that you can do anything if you work hard and stay focused.’