AT just 27 years old, while others are still trying to find their feet in the world of work, Keshia Austin is racing to the top of the corporate ladder.
Judges at the The News Woman of the Year Awards deemed her the Woman to Watch for 2014.
Keshia said she felt overwhelmed to be given the award at the glitzy event at the Marriott Hotel, Cosham, on Saturday.
The recruitment manager for Novatech was nominated by her boss James Davies, who said her drive and enthusiasm as the recruitment manager sees her go above and beyond her job remit to ensure success.
Keshia, a mum-of-one, grew up in Somers Town and was the first in her family and circle of friends to go to university.
While there she set up her own company providing proofreading services carried out by English language students and graduates.
She is a business ambassador for the Solent Education Business Partnership and a motivational speaker.
The judges, including award sponsor Rachel Lowe, founder of She Who Dares, said they could tell she has huge potential.
Keshia, of Warspite Close, Hilsea, said: ‘I’m completely overwhelmed.
‘It was one of those things where I wanted to win but it was not until a couple of days before when I realised how much I wanted it.
‘I’m Portsmouth born and bred. Everything I’ve achieved is out of the norm if you look at the statistics.
‘But I’ve been powering away ever since I left home.
‘My motto is, “see it, believe it, and it will happen”.’
Meanwhile, the Mum of the Year Award went to a very special lady.
Kellie Allen, from Waterlooville, is a mum to four boys.
Like all mums, the 36-year-old is rushed off her feet most of the time.
And her youngest child Jude, four, has a serious illness which means he may have to be rushed to Great Ormond Street Hospital at a moment’s notice because an infection can be life-threatening.
He was born at 28 weeks and has a rucksack strapped permanently to his back which provides a line giving nutrients straight to his heart to keep him alive.
Kellie’s husband Darby works away during the week so it falls to Kellie to look after Jude’s complex needs but she makes every day as special as she can for all the boys.
She said: ‘I can’t believe I won. Any mum would do the same.’