Today I’ve been having a bit of a think about my future. I’m in my current job until the end of June, and then I’m out on my own in the big wide world, looking for a career, incredibly scary! I’ve taken a journey spanning quite a few years towards what I’d like to do with my working day for the rest of my life. At 13, I was convinced I’d be starring in the latest blockbusters in ten years time. So far, the closest I’ve come is running round dressed as Batgirl for a Union promotional video. By 17, I’d decided I wanted to be directing the blockbusters, and throughout my time at Uni I toyed with all sorts of ideas for when I ‘grew up’. But now I have (reluctantly and somewhat…) ‘grown up’, I’ve realised I have a major interest in the PR and events industry. I want a job where I can be creative and work with media, and I also just love organising events. I’ve put together a five-point plan to get me on track to career supersuccess, starting RIGHT NOW!
1. Learn the skills
Going into such a competitive industry, I know I need to be indispensable and set myself apart from the crowd. For this, my skill set obviously needs to be epic. So I’m learning! I’ve found an introductory course for Adobe Illustrator, the only Adobe application I’m a complete n00b at for £40 at a local studio. I’ll also be brushing up on my Photoshop and InDesign skills with online tutorials, and I get to go on a Media Law training course in the big smoke that results in an NCTJ accredited qualification – all paid for by work! (It unfortunately clashes with the Amsterdam trip I wanted to go on as staff, but I put my sensible hat on and put my future first! I get to go to Italy with work in April, so it’s not all bad!)
2. Brush up the CV
I spent my final hour at work polishing my CV – although I’ll be tailoring it specifically to each job I apply for, of course! Lots of people make the mistake of creating a ‘generic’ CV to send out to companies, but research into the company and role means you can pick out your most relevant skills to catch an employer’s eye.
3. Create the portfolio
So I have something to show when I go to interviews, I’ll be working on a few different portfolios – one based on events I’ve organised and one to showcase my writing and design skills (which I’ll be acquiring over the coming months – see step 1!). It’s all well and good to talk myself up in my CV, but having the proof behind it will give me a real advantage.
4. Find the experience
I’ve been compiling a list (well, a bookmarks folder!) of companies I’d be interested in working for, and with my snazzy new CV and portfolio, I’ve been putting together applications for work experience!
5. Get the job!
This one’s quite hopeful, haha! But if I do steps 1-4, and invest in some decent interview outfits (I’m thinking professional but still with a creative flair, and some fabulous heels!), I’m quite positive that this one will come eventually!
I’ll keep you all updated with how things are going, and if you have any good jobhunting tips, let me know!
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