My Career Journey & What I do for a Living

When I was little I wanted to be an archaeologist/paleontologist (I was obsessed with dinosaurs and fossils & to this day my all time favourite movie is still Jurassic Park), in my early teens I wanted to create websites (and at the age 12 I did - with the help of Freewebs. Prior to that, I built up my knowledge of HTML on Matmice. Did anyone else use ever this website??) and then in my late teens I decided that I wanted to work in the Media. I took Media Studies at A-Level and went onto studying Film and Media Studies at University (oh, how fun it was to encourage people that in fact it was a real degree.)

I'd never really thought about what I'd actually end up doing, I just knew that this was the direction I wanted to go in because I enjoyed it. When I actually started my degree, I loved it. It was exactly how I thought it would be and I had the opportunity to be creative. However that was first year, and after first year the course became more or less just theory based. I had to write essays upon essays on topics such as 'Analyse the music in the opening sequence of Shutter Island in 3500 words'. I mean, I liked films and I loved watching them, but when it came to taking them apart and critiquing or analysing them it just wasn't for me. I was naive and should have realised that just because the degree had the word Media in the title - it wasn't going to be like it was at A-Level, were I could create movie posters and write movie concepts and let my creative juices flow.

Nevertheless I stuck it out - I was loving University life and I didn't want to let go of that freedom that I'd always wanted. On reflection, I should have changed my course in second year and worked towards a degree in something I was more passionate about. By the time my final year had rolled around I was really struggling - multiple essays and a 10,000 word dissertation on something that I merely loathed by that point was difficult, however in my head all I could think about was giving it all I had and sticking it out just that little bit longer - I mean if I had got that far, surely a few more months wouldn't be too bad.

However, I didn't end up sticking it out.

As I've grown up I've realised that not every well paid job is degree-essential and pure ambition, hard-work and determination is sometimes enough. Fast forward to the now, and I am the happiest I've ever been. I went straight back into retail after moving back home with my parents, and soon after that manage to land myself my first real 9-5 office job. I wasn't the traveler type, I had a sudden ambition to earn as much money as I could, and fast, because I wanted to save up enough to move out into my own place, in Manchester. Ever since I was younger I'd always wanted to move to the city - Manchester was the closest to home (around a 30 minute drive) and city life was calling me.

After 6 months of commuting I had finally saved up enough to move back out again. I continued to work for the same company until they unfortunately went into liquidation a year later, before quickly getting myself another admin job where I met my amazing boyfriend who I now live with too.
After 2 further years of working for the second company, I decided it was time for a change - a new adventure, and as of January this year I work for the NHS - and I absolutely love it. I work as a Medical Secretary Assistant and I find the job so incredibly interesting and rewarding.

This is just the beginning of my career. I might be nearly 26 (and nowadays you're kind of pressured into feeling like you have to have all of your shit together by now) but in actual fact, not all of us do. I still don't know exactly what I want to do but at the moment I'm excited to see where my new adventure takes me. I'm happy, I'm content and I'm earning enough to save up for a house, pay the bills and go out during the week for Tapas or eat a fancy brunch on the weekend.

It's never too soon, or too late to do what makes you happy - not every one will experience the same journey but we all have the same goal - to do something we love for a living, we just all work towards that goal in our own unique way.

What do you do for a living? I'd love to know!

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  1. Great to see you back blogging again :) I left marketing and PR agencies to work for the NHS and find it such a rewarding career choice!

    Caz | thisiscaz.com

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    1. Thank you so much :) Isn’t it just. I love knowing that I’m helping others and it’s such a good feeling giving back!

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  2. I love this post! I joined the NHS two years as a band 2 and just started my first day as a band 4 outpatient supervisor! I love that your loving the NHS 💁🏼‍♀️

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    1. Thank you! Oh wow that’s amazing, congratulations 😄

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