Every person in their lives regardless of whether or not they are a student go through the same pressure brought on by relentless life questions.
I never understood how everyone expected me to know what it was that I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Without any experience how was I supposed to know which direction was best for me?
Figuring Things Out
It didn’t really hit me until my third (and last) year at university that after this I would be entering true ‘adulthood’ and was therefore required to plan out my entire life within the space of 9 months. Now for someone who stresses out very easily this was not an ideal situation to be in.
At first I wanted to do what every other student dreamed of doing: travel for 12 months and discover the world. But unfortunately this wasn’t to be, first no one was available to travel with me and I’m not afraid to say that the thought of solo travelling for that long terrifies me. Then the question of doing a masters degree made an appearance. Now don’t get me wrong, I loved university and have fond memories of my experience in education, but after going from primary school to high school, college and then university, I needed a break. Plus the more I thought about it, the more I realised that the only reason I would be doing an extra degree was to further avoid the reality of full time employment.
Instead, I took a ‘break’ for six months and simply continued with my part time job until it felt like the right time to start searching for other opportunities.
Enter my first real work experience job. Due to my love of reading I felt like a career close to books was the perfect fit and so I chose to start there. I began to research around the publishing sector for some insight and understanding. I visited a publishing seminar hoping that would spark some interest into the industry. See, I’m a big believer that to make a decision I needed some understanding of the situation. And so, soon after I graduated I gained a work experience job in publishing. Unfortunately the job position was ridiculously over exaggerated and the company itself was so new that they had no real experience themselves. So I was learning nothing of any value. The experience left a bad taste in my mouth and after that it was back to the drawing board.
My initial desire for an internship was to obtain some experience in the hope that gaining an insight into the industry would help me understand what it was I wanted to do. After a couple of interviews I decided to take a 12 week internship for an in house marketing team. At first I was unsure how it would go as I had no prior knowledge of marketing, but as the weeks went by I realised I was learning an incredible amount. Before the 12 weeks was up I was offered a full time position as a marketing assistant which I took and continue to have to this day.
Where I am now
As I’ve probably previously mentioned in one of my posts, my job in marketing has helped me rediscover my love of writing and introduced me to the blogging world. This is somewhere I was immediately welcomed and a place where I could explore different ways to express myself. Also, my marketing job has given me my first real taste of full time work and has acted as a starting point for a future career.
Even though I learn something new everyday, I still have no previous experience in this area and it doesn’t help that everyone else I work with has a degree in marketing so feel like I’m playing catch up. Luckily, my English degree has come in handy! Although it is a good starting point, I don’t expect to stay in the position for very long as it is only a small company so there isn’t much room for me to grow. But for now, it is a good way to gain the experience I feel like I need.
So if you’re a student worried about life after university or a graduate who is unsure of what to do next, trust me I’ve been there and there is no right decision or way to go. All you need to do is find your own path and make decisions for yourself. Also, it’s not the end of the world if things do go right the first time, you have the rest of your life to find your passion and a job that you love.
How did anyone else feel transitioning from student life into a full time job?