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’.
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 goal at least. And why shouldn’t it be? It’s good to be ambitious and have a clear goal of where you want to be, you’ve worked hard enough. But as final year is slowly coming to a close, the more I am questioning this whole idea of a ‘dream job’. How do you know that the job you are looking at is ‘the one’? Will I be happy? Is it somewhere I can succeed? What even is our dream job?
What does that even mean?
Final year has caused me to question my decisions a lot more than I ever have done. I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to do and where but now I think I’ve gone over it so many times I’ve got myself all confused again. How do you know you are choosing the right sector? Is it the end of the world if I don’t choose right first time? You get my drift.
The thing is, we aren’t the only ones to feel this way. Graduates every year before us have come across this exact point in their lives. In fact, I was talking to a Bournemouth alumni (who has made it to Netflix nonetheless) who completely agreed with what I said. There is so much pressure to find that ‘dream job’ straight away. To be that person on the course who has their life and dream job sorted. To completely and utterly love the first job we go into and for it to be perfect. But actually, that might not happen and we have to work for things we love. It might not come at first and that is ok. Life is an adventure, we are going to discover a lot about ourselves, our likes and dislikes which will undoubtedly guide our careers. Whilst we might love our first job (and here’s to hoping!), we are all going to have different experiences of that first proper job. That time we are finally let loose in the working world after our degrees. We have a lot to learn.
In order to answer my many questions on this topic and help others out along the way, I have decided to start a new blog series interviewing those who have recently started out in their careers who have felt this exact way.
#Startingout will consist of interviews with recent graduates from across the country, across a variety of courses. These people are working in a PR/Comms related field and will have gone through this process themselves not too long ago. The process of finally finishing University and making the transition to the working world. Most of these people are from my own network of contacts I’ve made through this blog, the PR place competition and my University journey (see networking again!).
These individuals will be sharing their experiences of going from University to full-time work, giving tips, guidance and insight into how they started their careers. They’ll be sharing their lessons and what they wish they had told themselves during final year.
I can’t wait to kick this series off next week and to see what they have to say – stay tuned!