Life, Work

New Beginnings

As my time working in retail draws to a close, excitement and nervousness draws in as I am about to embark on the latest chapter of my life since leaving university.

After working hard to build my portfolio over the past few months, I was recently offered the opportunity to become a Junior Copywriter at a health and fitness company based in Leeds. This would mean facilitating a relocation from Manchester, but I felt that accepting the job offer was the correct decision for me to make in order to further my career.

In spite of enjoying working in retail over the years, it became apparent that this was a career I didn’t see myself continuing in for the long term, having gone to university for three years in order to enhance my career prospects.

Upon realising that writing was my passion, this is when I decided to take the necessary steps after taking on board some greatly helpful advice at a careers fair to build my portfolio and gain some hands on, self taught experience that I could showcase to employers.

Throughout the duration of my time at university, I spent my days not knowing what I wanted to do upon graduating, and soon enough the end of my final year had arrived. I began to apply for a multitude of jobs including various graduate schemes, but to no avail, either a lack of experience was cited or my application simply turned away or ignored.

Despite this, I remained motivated and focused in my job search, something which can understandably be difficult for many people, and I took any rejections with my head held high, and continued to move forward in my search.

Rewind to the end of my second year at university, I was offered a job at the company I had worked for on two occasions previous, having known a workmate of mine who advised me of an upcoming vacancy.

I decided to accept the position so I was in a position to supplement my income, prove my time management skills as well as being able to travel home at weekends to see friends and family.

I quickly became accustomed to the role having worked for the company in the past, and carried on being employed there upon graduating so that I had a source of income whilst looking for another job.

To this day I am currently employed by them as my final shift draws ever closer. It will be hard to say goodbye to the close friends I had made that will forever be a part of me and I will never forget them (no matter how annoying some of them may or may not have been!)

However the time was right for me to accept my new position in order to further my career and pursue my dream. My current workmates will no doubt understand the sheer hard work I have put in particularly over the past few months, where I took on two voluntary jobs in order to build my portfolio of work to supplement my personal blog.

My new position will offer me the chance to take my writing career to the next level in an area I am passionate about, that being health and fitness.

I am truly excited and looking forward to furthering my career and embarking on a new journey that will without a doubt take my writing skills to the next level. My hard work has paid off and been recognised, and as soon as the opportunity arose, I knew I would be a fool not to embrace it.

As the old saying goes, onwards and upwards from here on out!


The University Experience

Time flies when you’re having fun. A clichè which can be applied to the time spent at university. Having spent three years at Edge Hill University between 2012 and 2015, those will undoubtedly be some of the most memorable years of my life. I got the chance to improve my confidence in many areas of life, as well as gaining several transferable skills that would be essential for future employment opportunities. For me, it was my first time ever living away from home, and so was a huge change for me, as it would be for most undergraduate students. If you choose to live away from home for at least one year of your course, this will more than likely be a daunting prospect, albeit an exciting one. Having taken the decision to move out of the family home myself to embark on a three year journey, I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone considering applying for a course at university, particularly if the university is a considerable journey away from home, although commuting may be a preferable option for some particularly if their institution is a short distance away from home.

Whilst it may not be for everyone, given the huge cost of tuition fees can be a huge turn off for many, or perhaps the amount of assignments that is required amongst other factors, I can assure you come graduation day it will all be worthwhile. Some however may choose to head straight into work, or perhaps begin an apprenticeship or training course after completing compulsory education, but whichever route you choose to take it is important to ensure that you choose the correct one that works for you in order to give you the best chance to make the most of life’s opportunities, and that you can be satisfied with the route you have chosen.

Fast forward three years, and the last few months of university were upon me. The thought of entering the big bad world felt overwhelming to say the least, but the end was in sight and I had to prepare for the fact that at least for the time being, I would have to move back to my hometown of Walkden and prepare for working life. For a while I was unsure on the career path I wished to take, however I now know that I wish to turn my passion for writing and social media into a career.

Graduation day came along, on the 23rd July 2015. I was accompanied by my parents and Grandmother, and when walking up to shake the hand of the University’s Chancellor, it was without a doubt one of the proudest yet most nerve-wracking moments of my life to date. I graduated with a 2:1 in English and Media and worked so hard to achieve the grade I was aiming for. All those hours spent researching and writing assignments in the library and elsewhere led to this very moment, and it had paid off. When reflecting on the time I spent at university, I have no regrets. I had the pleasure of meeting some of the most amazing people who I wish to stay in contact with for many years to come, having experienced moments with them that I will never forget. I made the decision to go to university not only to enhance my career prospects, but to improve my confidence, gain independence and enjoy life. All this was certainly achieved, and equipped me well for the years ahead.