If you’re like me, you probably know someone, or are someone, who is at a point of loss career wise. Everything else seems fine- but for some reason, job opportunities aren’t prevailing and it often feels like every time you get closer to your dreams, they seem to move further away.
I often find myself going over the same checklist in my head:
“Part-time job that pays the bills?”
SO WHY ISN’T ANYONE HIRING ME?
Only a few know this, but in August I was offered an interview for an internship at in an ITV Newsroom up north (yes, I said ITV!). After spending hours researching for my interview, I didn’t get the job. Gutted is an understatement.
Are you still with me people? Because this is the important part…
Although I wasn’t chosen for the internship, I saw the experience as a wake-up call, confirmation in a sense; that I have what it takes- otherwise, why would they have accepted my application and asked me to come in for an interview? (Rhetorical, but think about it).
Despite my positive attitude, disappointment was definitely an emotion that lingered around for a few weeks. For someone like me who has dedicated their entire career to becoming a journalist. Often sacrificing social activities to attend events, conduct interviews and picking up any freelance work that I can get my hands on. It was almost like I had spent ages in the supermarket, loaded a full trolley of shopping and then realising I’ve left my purse at home. The irony though, is that this is exactly the push I needed to make my next step…
So what next?
Thankfully, I’ve always been proactive when it comes to my career. I often overbook myself with placements, freelance work and ‘regular job shifts’ as a bartender/waitress.
Because of this personality trait that I developed, primarily from my passion to succeed as a journalist. I had already arranged a placement at a Radio Station in Manchester. For the next 12 weeks I will be to work as an ‘on-air’ journalist. Working with people that share the same passion, work ethic and insight is hard to find after graduating. Mainly because University is a basic introduction into the world that you want to work in.
For example; you may begin a journalism course with the hopes of being a presenter, however, once you have completed certain modules, your interests may change to other areas of the sector- such as researching or working behind the scenes on technical production.
I also received my first PAID FREELANCE CONTRACT! Although I haven’t published any articles yet, it is affirmation that I am heading in the right direction. Despite the stresses of uncertainty and irregular work, I have found freelancing to be perfect for me at this point in my life as I’m able to work in my own time and on my own projects. I would highly recommend freelancing for any new journalist. Many of my course mates had secured full-time jobs with credible companies after graduation, which of course I was initially envious about, however a fair few of them are now ‘stuck’ or ‘bored’ with 9-5’s and wish that they would’ve waited a few months and perhaps worked part-time in hospitality or retail after completing their degree.
This leads me to say…
Do. Not. Worry.
Your time will come, there’s no fun in achieving your goals too suddenly. Without suspense, nerves or apprehension- nothing is worth having. You control your future and the best way to predict the outcome is to keep investing in yourself, forget what others think and most importantly. Keep on going.