Today, I’m handing This Northern Gal over to Charlotte from Wonderfully Bookish. She’s written a brilliant post all about finding her dream job and what happens after graduation. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
It’s May 2016. I’m coming to the end of my degree in Film & TV production, and I’m about to hand in my dissertation. It’s an achievement that will mark the end of my whole degree. Three years of hard work, long days and plenty of stress, and in a few hours it’ll all be finished.
Everyone has their ambitions, their strengths, their talents, and most people have routes planned to dive head-first into the media industry. There’s an excited (and slightly terrified) buzz come final results day, when people will find out if the last three years have really been worth it. To my utter shock and disbelief, I get a First in my dissertation that I worked so hard on, and a 2:1 overall! I’m thrilled!
But do I know what I want to do with my degree when I pack up my bags and head home for the last time? Absolutely not.
This is when the worry starts. What if I never find something I’m truly good at? As much as I’ve loved my degree, I realise I loved it for the people I met and the experiences I had, much more than the actual subject. Okay, I’ll admit, it was fun. I liked making films and writing about Harry Potter and Doctor Who – not many people get to write about things like that. But I can’t see myself working in the film and TV industry. It’s just not for me, and even if it was, I’d have no idea where to start! It seems like it would so much work for something I’m not particularly passionate about.
So I start thinking about what I am good at. I started writing my blog in 2015 and by this point, I love it. It’s become my biggest hobby, the thing I’ve worked hard on most outside of my studies, and my biggest ambition is to grow my online skills. Inspiration flash – I could work in marketing! I google marketing jobs, social media jobs, anything that comes to mind. Almost instantly, my excitement disappears… they all need a marketing degree, or at least a couple of years formal marketing experience. I have a Film & TV degree, and pretty much zero experience. Damn it!
Now that I don’t have university work to do, I pour all of my time and energy into my blog. I research how to go self-hosted, spend a bit of money on it, and I love everything about it. It’s definitely my biggest passion; but the reality is that it’s not going to make me any money. When the last bit of my student loan runs out, I’ll need to earn some money somehow.
I’m still looking for marketing jobs, even researching what I can do to gain marketing skills. I stumble upon a role called a virtual assistant, and it sounds perfect. From what I gather, it’s essentially an online-based admin assistant, and their role is to perform any sort of tasks from data entry to social media marketing. That’s what I want to do! I add it to my blog’s about page – “It’s my dream job to be a virtual assistant” – and I take an online course in digital marketing. I’m hooked. This is 100% what I want to do for a living. I want to be a virtual assistant! But how the hell do you become a virtual assistant?!
I’m walking with a couple of my friends one day when my phone buzzes. It’s from someone called Jo and she is, lo and behold, a virtual assistant. She runs a VA agency called Taskerly, and she spotted on my blog’s about page – the page I’m pretty sure no one reads – that it’s my dream job to become one too. She asks if I want to join them.
OH MY GOD WHAT???!!
I couldn’t believe what I was reading! Literally only a month or two after putting it on my blog, Jo stumbles across it and wants me to work with them. What kind of luck is that?! I quickly reply and I’m apprehensive but very excited about what’s going to happen next. Do I have my dream job, before I’ve even gone home from university?
Fast forward to now. Almost nine months later, Jo and her wife and co-business-owner Siobhan are two of the people I speak to most. I work for Taskerly and I absolutely adore it. I can’t think of anything in the world I’d rather be doing! I’ve been self-employed for a while, and hopefully soon I’m going to be employed full-time. I work with the BEST team of people, and I’m sometimes hit with disbelief that this has gone so smoothly!
Last year, I had no idea what I was going to do with my life. Now, not even a year later, I couldn’t be happier that things worked out the way they did.
Basically, what I’m trying to say is don’t give up. Luck happens to anyone. Even me.
Well did you love this post too? It’s great isn’t it. If you want to hear more from Charlotte, you can find her at the following places:
Facebook – facebook.com/wonderfullybookish
Twitter – twitter.com/wbookishblog
Instagram – instagram.com/wonderfullybookish
I’m a big fan of her blog so it was wonderful to have her on This Northern Gal.