Six Years After Graduating, Where Should I Be Job Wise?

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That’s right I graduated from university with a degree six years’ ago this summer. In honesty my university life wasn’t like most people’s; I lived at home, I didn’t join any groups or societies and the most I was in each week was about 10 hours never spread over more than three days. I had no idea what I wanted to go when it came to choosing university all I knew was that I wanted a degree, so many jobs require this. I chose to do something I enjoyed which was Creative Writing, although in hindsight I wish I’d done the more academic English in contrast but hindsight is a wonderful thing.

For about three years’ after university, I stayed in the retail management job I had. It paid well enough for me to be able to afford a mortgage and I had no idea what else I actually wanted to go. It took a move in location, at my job to push me to think about the future. I’d taken various online courses and started writing for a variety of online music sites but I was still no closer to knowing what I wanted to do. As I had a little knowledge in basic SEO through my online work, had done a few digital marketing courses and I enjoyed writing I looked into marketing roles and fortunately a law firm took me on with a lack of direct experience.

I’ll have been in this digital marketing role three years in July and while I am not unhappy sometimes I do wonder whether I should be pushing for a job higher than an ‘assistant’, or pushing into something which I may love just a little bit more. Living so close to London does give me a great advantage when looking for roles but the cost of commuting into London from Watford is so huge sometimes I don’t feel it’s doable. Sometimes I dream of relocating and looking for jobs in Cardiff, a city that I have always loved after visiting so many times as a kid with plenty of family friends closeby. Some of the jobs I’d love to do are:

Copywriting

This is probably my ideal role and still within the marketing role because it relies a lot heavier on writing. Back when I was in retail I had my absolute ideal job interview to be a Copywriter for Signet Jewellers (H Samuel and Ernest Jones) which involved writing item descriptions, website information, newsletters etc and it’s still something I’d love to go back to.

PR/ Blogger outreach

I’ve done a few blogger outreach campaigns within my current role and I absolutely love working with other bloggers. I feel as a blogger myself I know more about the world so when asking for information, sending requirements and thinking of budgets I can be more realistic. PR isn’t something I have a huge amount of experience in but I’d love to give it a try.

Are you happy in your job? Have you ever thought about moving on?

*This post was sponsored by Jodrapido but all thoughts and opinions are my own

February 9, 2017
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  • LaaLaa

    What an insight, I didn’t go to university – I opted out of further education as there wasn’t much I was interested in, I’m happy with what I do – just need to push myself. All about self promotion these days!

  • Catherine Hooper

    It’s so tricky! I’ve actually been in the same job since graduating 12 years ago. I have the flixibility to fit around my children’s school times. I can’t say its the fulfilling career i thought I’d be doing though!

  • Joanna McCaffrey

    I think you’ve done well to chose creative writing, if you want to have a job which involves writing. I’ve done English Language and Literature with Open University, but it was the creative writing module, which I have enjoyed the most.
    I have two kids and I have not worked in two years, though it feels much longer! I did not much like my job and I am happy to be with my kids while they are small. Ultimately I don’t see myself going back to work once they are bigger. My goal is to build up my blog to provide reliable income.

  • I’m sure you’re great with working with other bloggers, since you’re a blogger yourself and you know what goes into creating content. Copywriting is something I’d like to do freelance! I’m a full-time blogger but I’d like to make more money by content creating for other brands.

  • I think you would be brilliant as either a copywriter or in a PR/blogger outreach position. Of course as a blogger yourself you would bring a lot of insight into the blogger outreach field which may make up for the lack of PR experience.

  • Jodie Whitham

    I graduated 3 years ago and still can’t get a job relating to my degree. I got one initally but it was a maternity contract. In my experience, if you love something enough you push to get that experience. I think blogging will give you a bigger insight into PR with sponsors you may deal with and learning from other bloggers. I strongly believe there is nothing you can’t do! x

  • Nazy Nazy

    I did my engineering but only for my father because he wanted to see me as one… I was interested in fashion designing but I guess now it’s too late..I have a 1year son and I can’t go out for studies leaving him alone..so I opt my hobby(writing diaries) as blogging…I have started it from last 2 weeks and am liking it by far.

  • Baby Isabella

    Oooo. PR and Social Media management would be right up your street as a blogger. Maybe a consultant role for blogger outreach? Good luck x it’s so important to be happy doing what you’re doing x …or you could be a music journalist?

  • Beautyqueenuk

    I went to Uni with the intention of teaching but that isn’t where I ended up and I love the job that I do x

  • Amanda-Jaied Wathern

    I graduated 3 years ago this summer, and I’m still working in Hospitality. This is more because I did a PR degree and where I live the only jobs in that industry are for Oil and Gas companies and I swear I’d rather poke myself in the eyes with sharpened spoons haha. I think we just have to accept the fact that we are exactly where we are meant to be according to OUR OWN timelines and that we’ll get to where we’re meant to be in the right time. Good luck finding the perfect thing for you! xx

  • I love the Baz Luhrmann quote “The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don’t.” I kind of work on the hope that everything will just work out!

  • Both sound like brilliant jobs for you, I went to college to do beauty and hairdressing but not completed yet

  • Wow, creative writing seems a difficult course. You have to have deep and creative mind to be able to do your stuffs. Congratulations on your journey!

  • Amy Deverson

    I’m in Uni at the moment studying English & Journalism and I have no idea what I want to do afterwards! Good luck for the future x

  • I totally love what I do. Being my own boss is the best thing for me and I couldn’t have it any other way.

  • Wow six years! It is amazing how much you have achieved and like you I have had my fair amount of jobs that I have been unhappy in. Its why I blog because its the one I can do and the success is all down to my hard work. I do some freelance journalism and marketing on the side but I would love a full time job in digital media, right now I am in a job that is unsatisfying and does not pay enough x

  • Louise Smith

    My niece lived at home when she went to university too. I think it’s a great way of furthering your education without having all the extra student expenses. I never went to uni, had kids young and worked in a bookies for 10 years. I quit almost 4 years ago and have been a full-time blogger ever since. And I love it. I can’t ever imagine doing anything else now 🙂

    Louise x

  • I studied politics at uni but now work in social media. I wish I had done a more tech focused degree but as you say, hindsight is a great thing! x

  • fashion-mommy

    My uni experience was quite a lot like yours, I do wonder if that made any difference. I think so many people have degrees now that it is harder to find that perfect job.

  • Natasha Mairs

    My blog is my job and I love it. I left school with no qualifications what so ever. I did study for a psychology degree with the Open University, but had to leave with just 3 courses left as I couldn’t afford the fees.

  • I love that I have a variety of jobs that fit in well with my family. I will probably want more responsibility and hours (and money) as they grow older but for now it suits. I was like you and went to uni knowing I wanted a degree rather than yearning for a particular subject. I suppose I use my degree in Business & Marketing somewhat but not to its full potential.

  • I became a full-time blogger Aug 2016. It has been very busy and I love it! PR is such a great job too! I’ve done it before as well!

  • Savi and Vid

    I used to be a lecturer of English Literature and I loved every bit of it. So it took a lot of courage to transition to a full time travel blogger. I do love my job but every once in a while I think of going back to something a bit more stable 🙂

  • I can’t wait to go back to work in September I love being a mum but back to a credit manager and some adult conversation will be so good

  • I became a full time blogger after I graduated from uni as I felt it was natural progression. i studied Fashion journalism and I wanted to write and be my own boss. I’m also a director of my own digital marketing company which was something I never expected but none the less I’m still happy about it. It hard as when you’re in uni you have job expectation but once you are out – the reality is quite different. I always imagine myself like Lois Lane and work for a national newspaper. Thank you, you gave food for thoughts. xx

  • Great post! I still don’t know what I want to do yet either so I can relate to you on that!

  • I’m at about this stage in life too. I went full time with blogging about 3 years ago and I absolutely love it! I don’t have much of a plan for the future though, so that is a bit of a downside, but totally worth it to me. I love being so happy and fulfilled on a daily basis!

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