Monday, 13 July 2015

From School To Twenty

So in November I'm officially coming to the end of my teen years and it's made me think about my experiences since I started school. It's been a strange journey from my expectations at the age of fourteen to where I am now and I just want to share with you some of my more memorable experiences that have made me who I am, well, along with some minor details.

At the age of fourteen I started my first year of GCSE's, my subjects included the compulsory English, Maths, Science, Information Communication Technology, Religious Education and Design Technology. My chosen subjects were History and French as I loved History and French seemed like a good idea at the time. It was at this point in time that I wanted to be a primary school teacher, at the end of my GCSE years I actually did work experience at a primary school but I decided against that career path. Long story short, I finished with decent grades but I no longer knew what I wanted to do with my life.

I decided to stay on at school and go to Sixth Form, my A-Level subjects were English Literature, History, Psychology and Sociology which I actually chose because I wanted to study the humanities - they leave a lot of options if studied well and progressed. I went through a phase where I decided I wanted to be in the RAF or the Marines, I eventually dropped that idea because I couldn't do press-ups... Or run very far for that matter. I did, however, work towards that dream for quite some time and for a while I clung onto the idea. To be honest, I really struggled to come to grips with the transition between GCSE's and A-Levels so I lost interest in the subjects more and more as the year went on. 

So there I was, at the end of my first year of Sixth Form with lower grades than expected and no clear plan as to what I would do with my life. Luckily enough I had the chance to have a career guidance session, I met with a lovely woman who talked to me past the end of my session as we discussed my options - she suggested a college course in Journalism. This is how I ended up signing up to do the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Journalism and PR. 

Over that summer, before the course, I became involved with the National Citizenship Service (NCS), I was the only person from my Sixth Form that went so I had to meet new people and forge new relationships. We had a week out of bounds just doing team-building activities and things like zip-wiring and abseiling, we spent the next week at Sunderland university before planning and running an event for the Heel & Toe Charity.

It set me up perfectly for college and I made many friends and learnt things that'll always stay with me over the course of the year, it also gave me the confidence I needed to be my own person and have some independence. I got an MM grade for the diploma but I ultimately decided against pursuing journalism, I don't regret this decision but I did have a fantastic time over that year. 

To pass time after that I volunteered at the local primary school since I couldn't seem to get a job anywhere, my next move was actually recommended to me by the Job Center. I volunteered at a furniture scheme where I started in the front office but I ended up as a PA and social media manager (unpaid) until I started to get interviews for social media jobs. I stumbled across the social media career path completely by accident because I managed social media streams for my own, very new and slightly up and down blog as well as the accounts for the furniture scheme.

Through blogger outreach I met AJ who gave me some fantastic advice and even got me a few days work as a brand ambassador. I still talk to her today, she gives me advice on best practice and teaches me how to cook sometimes too. Anyway, not long after this I got involved with the Generation North East project which helped me get an interview with the company I work with now. It went really well and I've been working as a social media manager and digital marketing apprentice for around five months now. I'm still really enjoying my job and I reckon I'll be here for quite some time, of course, I would like to blog full time and do something in that sort of vein but at nearly twenty I've finally found my calling and I did it without UNI!

I'm very interested in hearing about how your experiences differ from mine, I'd also love to hear from anyone who is struggling to find a niche. I'm always available to answer questions and chat so please don't hesitate to comment or get in touch though my contact page. Thanks for reading!


  1. Very inspiring post! It just goes to show you can achieve great things no matter what.

    P.S. I tagged you to do the love/hate challenge.

    1. Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

      I'll get to writing the tag asap, yours is great btw!