4 years on from graduation, and I’ve only just got the dream job for me, so today I thought I would share with you my experience. I don’t know about you, but when I went to university there was a lot expected from me. I was expected to leave university and walk straight into the start of my career, but unfortunately it isn’t as simple as that, or it wasn’t as simple as that for me.
Now, onto my story. Having enjoyed media throughout school and college I knew I wanted to study something in the media lines at university. Having gone to a lot of university talks I decided journalism was what I wanted to do, it sounded intriguing, exciting and like every day would be different. I studied more of a multi-media journalism course so we covered everything from TV, to radio, to online, to print.
Come the end of university in 2013, journalism was not what I wanted to do, but I did have an idea of what I wanted to do – marketing and/or PR. I loved the creating side of journalism and the reasoning behind things being created, but being on the go with all the super large camera equipment wasn’t for me. I also find how a company or brand is promoted incredibly interesting, and I knew this was something I wanted to know more about and be a part of.
However, I actually got a job back home whilst I was still finishing my degree in Southampton. When I went home I also got a second job which made it difficult to have the time to focus on the job I wanted. I also noted a lot of marketing jobs require you to have a CIM qualification, which is something I not only didn’t have but didn’t have the money for either. My main focus was on saving up enough money to move back out.
This was all back in 2013. A year later I had enough money, and me and my boyfriend decided to move in together. The only problem with that was we decided to do this in Southampton, which meant I needed a full time job, in Southampton quickly. I didn’t grow up around here. I secured a job in retail, not in what I wanted to do, but a full time job meant I could move back out.
I had the mindset of this wasn’t a forever job, but that it was something that would help me work towards my goals. I enjoyed the job and the people, but it wasn’t what I wanted to do long term.
Fast forward a year, I switched jobs and me and the other half decided to try and get ourself on the property ladder by looking to purchase a flat together. We managed to do this, which I’m incredibly proud of, but once again it meant I wasn’t looking for jobs constantly in case it affected our mortgage offer in any way. It was not my focus.
We completed and moved in at the end of October last year, which forced me to focus on getting myself into a new role, in something I actually wanted to pursue. My other half also happened to get a good job in an area he is wanting to possibly start a career in. This made me more determined than ever to get myself a job in marketing.
I was selective when I applied to jobs, only applying for jobs I really wanted and would want to develop a career in. I decided that I would rather it took me longer to find the right job, than to change into any old job again.
After an intense interview process I was lucky to get my current job, as a marketing assistant. I can’t tell you how excited I was to be offered this opportunity, but I wanted to share my experience to tell you it wasn’t easy. I applied to many marketing and PR jobs throughout the last few years, but it was only at the end of last year that I was offered a job in marketing.
Some people may walk into jobs after university which is amazing, but I definitely don’t think this is the norm. So, just remember, if you are just leaving university, or left a while ago, but are struggling to get a job in the area you really want, you will get there. If you can’t obtain the experience or accreditation you need, someone will want you and see how amazing you are. And, most of all, remember the process is entirely worth it.
There is no time limit, as long as you are happy, it is worth it!
Have you been to university? What has your experience been?