#Startingout: Career profile with Jessica Pardoe

Welcome to the very first instalment in my #Startingout career series! I am so excited to start off this new series, I’ve loved interviewing some lovely professionals from around the country in a variety of sectors. But first, what is this all about? Final semester of final year. It’s a weird time. People are starting to question your every decision for your future and if I’m going to be honest, it can appear quite confusing navigating the big wide world of graduate jobs. It can leave you questioning everything you wanted, there are so many options! At the end of…

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#Startingout – getting that first ‘dream job’

There’s been something on my mind for a while and after talking to a few people it seems like I’m not on my own. You see, the education system is so structured. There has always been a next step in my life. GCSE’s, A-levels, University. The decision has always felt right. Until this moment. You see, the next step after University is the ‘dream job’. ‘Dream job’ I think when you start a degree, you are convinced that at the end of the three or four years you will come out with your ‘dream job’ all sorted. Or it’s the…

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What happened to our hobbies?

‘So what hobbies do you have?’ It’s a question that I do think sends a sense of worry to a lot of people my age. Sitting there trying to work out what you are interested in and do. Sadly, a lot of us have limited things to say seeing as many of our hobbies left our lives a long time ago. Looking back on my childhood, I played the piano, saxophone, was part of a local youth wind band, did swimming lessons and Tae-Kwon-Do. Each hobby came with more commitments from gradings, regional training sessions to band practices and concerts.…

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The power of co-creation.

I do sometimes find that when you study a specific niche such as PR, you can become ever so slightly blinded to your industry. That’s not to say that this is a bad thing, I study a specialist subject to become a specialist in one area. I am learning about a small part which feeds into a much larger industry but a part that could be described as niche. However, that niche does mean that often I am looking at things from a particular PR angle. It’s always good to open your mind to other possibilities in order to learn…

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Semester two: dissertation and staying motivated

Sometimes I feel like the number of people who go to University every year almost makes getting a degree ‘look easy’. So many people graduate each year that it seems so simple. Move away and study for three to four years and you’ll be able to sport the gown and hat, no problems at all. I know I fell into that trap when applying. In the sense that I knew it was going to be hard work but probably underestimated how much hard work was needed. I don’t want that to make me look bad either, I just think we…

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