Photography by Katherine McMorran
This blog has just turned four, which means it has also been four years since I left education. I initially started my blog as a distraction until I found a job and discovered exactly what it was I wanted to do. Well guess what? Four years later, and I still haven’t found a job. Luckily I think I’ve finally discovered what it is I want to do.
So as of Monday 18th September, I will be returning to college to complete the CIM Level 4 Certificate in Professional Marketing. And as excited as I am, I’m also pretty damn nervous. After all, it’s been four years since I last sat in any form of classroom, or completed an assignment. And part of me is terrified that I won’t be able to get back into it. But I know I have to try, because I really want this. Like really want it. More than I even wanted my degree.
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For those of you who don’t know, when I went to uni I went with the aspirations of eventually becoming a teacher. I went to university and completed a degree in Early Childhood Studies, and always intended on taking a PGCE afterwards But here’s the thing… I hated it. The only year I didn’t actually hate it, and actually put a lot of work in was my first year. Which, of course, only counted for 10% of my overall degree. Unfortunately, at some point between finishing first year and returning for second year I realised that working with kids wasn’t for me. I did however love the social side of university, and I also really didn’t want to drop out. So I stuck to it. For another two years I went to the minimum amount of classes, and put the least amount of work in, and somehow managed to pass.
When I left university I kept trying to decide what I want to do. Everyone around me was asking me when I was going to apply for a PGCE, or put my degree to use, and I kept coming up with excuses. But the truth of the matter was I just couldn’t bare the thought of having to work with children.
It’s perhaps quite ironic that my blog, which I originally created as a distraction from my career issues, is what has helped me to decide what I want to do. Because I seriously love blogging. I love everything about it. And ultimately, this is what I want to do. Now don’t get me wrong- I do not want to take my blog full time. I never have. But I would love to run a blog for a company. And sort out all of their social media channels, and take pictures for them.
And because of that, I am determined to make sure I succeed with this course! I am going to put my absolute all into it. It’s a part time course and my classes are all in the evening which means I can still work, but I’m planning on cutting down to four days a week so I can devote a full day to my work and a full day to my blog (because my blog means more to me than an extra days wages, I love it THAT MUCH).
I am also going to look into trying to find an internship (in which case I will obviously cut my hours in work down even more) because I really want to get as much experience as possible. And if anybody knows of any online brands or websites who are looking help with their social media then please, let me know!
And a huge thank-you to Katherine McMorran for the photos! Who knew I could look this good in photos?