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!

3 comments:

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

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

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

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

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