Transitioning From Student To Career Woman

‘What’s next?’

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?

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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.

Working Girl

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

Pros;

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.

Cons;

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?

32 thoughts on “Transitioning From Student To Career Woman

  1. It really is a difficult transition from being a student to working, I struggled massively! And I know I’m not where I want to be forever but so grateful for all the experience I’m picking up to get there one day! Lovely post, Chloe! x

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    1. It was so hard wasn’t it? Just trying to figure out what it was I wanted to do- still not sure I’ve worked it out 😂 I agree, I’m not where I’m going to be forever but it’s a start! Thank you for commenting x

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  2. I know exactly how you felt! When I left uni I actually felt so confused, I didn’t know what to do, where to go, it’s such a big change. I managed to pick up a few thoughts and ideas of where I wanted to go through some jobs I did but I’m still not there yet, I’m still just kinda building up money but I’m sure I’ll get there one day! Most of my life I’ve always felt that when I hit my 20s I need to know what my dream career was and be in pretty much straight after uni and then I realised that being 24 is still so young and I have so much time. Great post!

    Chloe xx
    http://www.chloechats.com

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    1. I agree wholeheartedly! I hated it when people expected me to know exactly what I wanted to do with my life after uni. It’s such a big change how are we suppose to know?! I’m still looking for my dream job but you’re right, I’m still at such a young age- I’ve got plenty of time 😊 thanks for commenting xx

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  3. This is such a helpful and inspiring post Chloe, it’s really great for people coming to the end of their education and need some help with what’s next. I think it was great that you did research on the different types of jobs and tried an internship instead of wallowing at home or staying in a unrelated job to your degree for the security. I’m finishing college in 6 months and I’ve already secured a contract at the setting I’ve been doing placement in which is so incredibly lucky of me but I know a lot of people aren’t that lucky so I’m glad you’re talking about that fear and your experience. Amazing post!
    Alex x
    http://allthingsalexx.wordpress.com

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    1. Aw thank you so much! You don’t know what that means for me to have you say that ☺️ I’m glad this can be a post for people to relate to and know that they aren’t alone in their fear of the unknown. Congratulations for securing a contract! That’s amazing you must be so proud of yourself. Thank you for your lovely words 😊 x

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  4. You are on the right path, the fact that you are trying new things and realizing that this will help you gain some experience in reaching your true goals is the first thing you need to know you never know where you may in up 5 years from now. Continue to take in as much as you can and stay true to who you are! Great post 💪🏽

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  5. Being a student and finding your foot in life and just generally finding yourself is so difficult. I have decided to study for additional extra postgraduate year, pretty much to avoid the stress. But every day I keep thinking what the hell am I doing with my life haha. I’m glad that I don’t have to choose a set path. After all life is unpredictable and there can be many opportunities when you least expect them 🙂

    Laura / https://laustworld.blogspot.com/

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    1. I agree, especially when there’s also the pressure of everyone else expecting answers on your future. You’ll figure it out it, just takes time- I’m still trying! 🙈 thanks for commenting 😊 x

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  6. This is a brilliant post! It’s so comforting to hear other people are uncertain about what they want to do with their lives too! My problem is I want to do everything 😂 I’m so happy you found blogging though and you’re right it really does let you express yourself, its very freeing! Thank you for sharing, looking forward to your future posts x

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  7. This is such a great post Chloe! I can 100% relate to this. I graduated from uni and had no idea what I wanted to do as a career. I’ve tried a few different things but haven’t found anything yet that I want to stick with. Like you say, it is all about building up experience in a variety of different places before we discover what we actually want to do. Thank you for sharing your experience and it is awesome your job and love of writing has introduced you to the blogging world! ❤ xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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    1. Thank you! It’s so hard trying to figure things out after university but despite what people say you don’t have to work it all out right away. You’re welcome, I’m so happy you liked it! Xx

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  8. Love this post! There’s always so much uncertainty around graduation and what comes next, but you seem to be handling it wonderfully! I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I graduated (still don’t really)! Thanks for sharing your experiences!

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  9. Thanks for sharing! I know exactly what you feel! After I graduated from uni, I realized that I didn’t really want the career options presented to me. So instead, I decided to choose my own path, regardless of what other people may say. So far, I’ve been really happy with my decision. But even if I wasn’t, it’s okay–at least it was mine and mine alone. And just like you said, I have the rest of my life to figure things out, anyway!

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    1. I hate how there’s chosen options already set out for us. As though they’re the only ones out there! I’m glad you’ve found something you’re happy doing and it’s going well. Thanks for commenting 😊 x

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  10. I am so happy that I came across this post! I am in the exact same position, as I wasn’t entirely sure what career I wanted – (as well as realising that every job now wants tonnes of experience to even get an interview), so I kept my part-time retail job while I had a break and now I’m just trying to find that opportunity for experience or for full-time work. I thought I was a failure for not getting a job yet, but after reading this you have made me feel so much better! Thank you! And congrats on getting your job, I hope it all goes well! I love writing too and did English as my degree! X

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    1. Aw you’re welcome! You’re definitely not a failure, some of my friends have done the same and others have decided not to look for a full time job yet so you have plenty of time to find what it is you want to do 😊 small world! Haha thanks for reading x

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  11. Omg! Your post “4 Things I’ve Learned In The First Few Months Of 2019” led me here and boy do I appreciate reading this!! I personally find it amazing how you landed that marketing internship from having an English degree!! I too, at one point this year, contemplated on marketing assistant (although I really like Graphic Design) and thought of applying to this one job where they will train you to become an assistant (though I didn’t take it). But it is really lovely to know that it CAN be done and you don’t need that piece of paper to get that job! I’m finding myself very unhappy with my current field and I know it’s my fault because I wanted the money that this field supposedly promised. It’s funny how life works and you rediscovered your love for writing through this job!! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂 ❤

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    1. Aw yay! I’m so happy you liked it 😊 my friend is looking to go into graphic design too, you’ll be amazing and it sounds perfect for you cause you’re already so creative. At least you’re figuring things out now and searching for what it is you want to do 😊 thanks so much for commenting! Xx

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