My dream job is…
A policeman, an astronaut, a dancer, a doctor. A whole list of ‘dream jobs’ you might have considered at some point throughout your life. From a very young age we have the concept of finding our ‘dream job’ firmly planted in our heads. Whilst some people might be dancing on the West End or studying for a medicine degree by the age of twenty, the rest of us aren’t always so lucky.
I distinctly remember approaching my graduation three years ago with a feeling of extreme fear that (what felt like) the entire alumni of my media course knew exactly what they wanted to be ‘when they grow up’ and I had absolutely no idea. They were jetting off to be media planners at large agencies in London, or had been offered graduate jobs for £25,000+ a year and I was heading back to my home town of Leeds and my summer admin job with a local construction company. Less than glamourous, I’m sure you will agree.
I left Uni knowing an awful lot about media theory, but not a whole lot about how to practically apply it to my dream job, probably because I didn’t know what that elusive ‘dream job’ was at that point, never mind how the heck I was going to get it. Whilst everyone else had serious dissertation topics such as social media and online representations, mine centered around male representations in Disney Pixar films which was extremely interesting to write but not a whole lot of use for the future.
Life went on much like this for about three years, I kept my administrative role for a year and eventually moved into product marketing for a building products company. Still not the elusive ‘dream job’ and I took it begrudgingly but, unbeknown to me, it was there, in that dusty office filled with silicone and empty bottles, that my dream job finally came to me. I was given the task early on in the role to write the company press releases and realised, through both the process of writing them and the great feedback I received, that that was where I saw my life. I was a writer, and most suprisingly, I always had been. Diaries, poems, blogs, short stories; I had written many of them in my lifetime but had never put two and two together and realised that I could actually make a career out of it. I was wrong, obviously, my passion for writing shone through in my marketing role and that less than dream job has definitely led me to where I am now. Today, I’m a content writer for a Leeds agency, surrounded by passionate, creative people and I get to do what I love every day. I had to take a pay decrease to get where I am and might be three years behind my friends on the career ladder, but at least I can truthfully say that I am finally working towards my ‘dream job’.
The main point that I wanted this article to make is that it is more than ok to leave Uni and not have a clear idea of what you want to do, don’t let other people’s successes get you down and, most of all, make the most of every less than perfect job that is offered to you, because you never know where you might find your future.