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Waiting for Life to Start

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It has been just over eight weeks since I finished my degree, and here I am still waiting for something to happen. I don’t quite know what it is that should be happening. Should I be getting more work experience opportunities to make my CV and expertise look more advanced? Should it be an internship, a great first time opportunity for climbing onto the career ladder after finishing university, but that only lasts for up to 6 months usually, and not all of them are paid? Or should I be getting a job? Throwing myself straight out into the world of work and knowing that I will have a job, I will be getting pretty decent pay for a first time job out of studying, but that it may not be a job in the sector that I want to go into in the long term? So many questions, and at the moment there seems to be no answers to them.

My idea of applying for jobs, work experience and internships has basically been to apply for anything and everything. I want to go into journalism, particuarly film or music journalism, so obviously I have been mainly applying for things in that area, but I am not limiting myself. I am not stupid, and I know that it will take some time before I get into what I want to do, and to where I would ideally like to be. Anything that comes up, whether it’s office work, personal assistant, public relations, marketing, web design, editing, publishing, anything that interests me and I feel that I would enjoy and thrive off of I have been applying for. Although journalism is of course my main priority when it comes to applications, I know that if I limit myself too much that I will end up nowhere. I need more experience in anything that I can get my hands on, and I also need money. The remainders of my student loan aren’t going to carry on forever, so the sooner I get onto the career ladder and start making my own money, the better.

For those of you out there reading this, it may seem like I am giving up on what I truly want to do in my career, but I can promise you I am not. I know with hard work and perseverance I will get into journalism at some stage, it has been what I have worked for my entire time studying at university, and I will not give up until I get there. But, the competition for getting into journalism, as it is with so many other job sectors out there, is fierce. You need to stand out from the crowd, have loads of experience under your belt, and know how to impress to get onto the journalism ladder. The only way I will be able to do all of these things is to keep on writing for blogs such as this, on my own blog and basically any other writing experience I can get, get my writing style down to a T, and keep working at it until I eventually get there. This may take some time though, and I know so many people who graduated last year who are still doing work experience and haven’t quite got into what they want as a career option, and I cannot sit around building my experience, unpaid, for another year. So, until I can actually get to where I want to be in my life, I am going to try my hardest to get a job of any kind to make my CV stronger, gain more experience in whatever sector I end up getting a job in (that is when I get a job), while at the same time work towards getting into journalism if it doesn’t quite happen straight away.

My message to all of you out there reading this who are in a similar situation, you know exactly what you want to do as a career, but cannot quite get into it as soon as you finish university, don’t give up. You will get there eventually. It may take some time, but, with perseverance, hard work, ambition, determination and hope, you will get there in the end. It may take a few obstacles of trying out different types of jobs and gaining experience in different sectors before you actually get there, but it will happen, trust me. You may be sitting there like I am at the moment and have been for the past two months wondering when something is going to change and your career will get kick started, but you know what they say, good things come to those who wait. One day, it could all change, and luck may just come your way.

About the Author

Emily Peachey Emily Peachey

I am currently in my final year of studying a combined honours degree in English with Media & Cultural Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University. My hope is to become a journalist and writer after university is over, as writing has always been a great passion of mine.

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