I finished my final year of University in early April, received my results in July and had my graduation ceremony in September.
As soon as I packed up my student accommodation and moved back home (in with my parents) the first thing my parents asked me as I walked through the door...
"So, what are you planning on doing for the rest of your life?"
Well, that's what my mum asked me. My dad asked...
"When can you start paying rent?"
Honestly, I wasn't too sure what to say. I studied film and television at University, which was a fantastic course (imagine English Literature but instead of books, movies). I had previously worked during the summer holidays in some TV companies, editing TV shows, being a camera operator and runner. It was only then that I thought this really isn't for me.
I came to the conclusion that I wanted to go into marketing. Thankfully, (although my degree wasn't in marketing) taking a film and television course is relevant. I managed to get my foot in the door as a Marketing and Social Media Executive.
Apart from being lucky in finding a career path that I'm passionate about, I know that for others its much harder to know where to start!
My top tips for new graduates are as follows:
- Don't worry if the first job you get out of University isn't want you want.
- Actively look for jobs and do your research.
- Apply for graduate schemes, they're great and really helpful.
- Once you've found a job, this doesn't mean stop looking and researching.
- Enjoy yourself!
The worst thing you can do is compare yourself to your friends who also graduated, or your friends who never went to University and are years ahead in a career. Make sure to focus on what you want, not what everybody else is doing. I learnt that the hard way, I rushed into a job that I was not prepared for, which resulted in a lot of panic. I then took some time and decided to apply for a Digital Marketing Executive job for a fantastic agency. Where everyone is friendly, they've encouraged my growth and training. I'm still learning slowly as I've only been there for a few months, but nothing is more terrifying than starting out in a career you like and thinking you're not good enough due to a few bad experiences.