I finished high school almost seven years ago now (how has time gone so fast?!) and I graduated university almost two years ago so I thought it’d be a good time to write about my career this far and how blogging led me to my dream job.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly where my journey to my career began – I guess right at the beginning of my life (The Butterfly Effect and all that). For the sake of time and simplicity I’ll just start at the end of high school. My school certainly put a lot of pressure on us to go to university and decide what we wanted to ‘be’ when we grew up. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved my high school and give it so much credit for the woman I have since become but I think our society puts a lot of pressure on kids to plan out their careers without properly showing them every option.
At the end of high school I was torn; mathematics was my first choice, law my second and I got accepted to both. I absolutely loved mathematics (still do!) but I’d always dreamt about being a lawyer – more specifically a human rights lawyer. A couple of weeks before university began I settled on law. The first couple of months of law school were great but eventually I realised it just wasn’t for me. By the start of year two I was completely over it. The problem was I didn’t know what to do instead. While I had maths as my back-up, I knew that wasn’t the right career path for me either. I decided to finish two years of law school – this gave me enough credit to get a Diploma in Law and it gave me time to decide what I wanted to do. I wanted to be certain this time around.
By this point I’d been blogging for almost a year and I was really enjoying it (you can read about why I started blogging and the bloggers who inspired me to start here). Not only was I enjoying blogging but it had opened my eyes to the world of public relations and communications – an industry and career path I’d never considered before. I spent the remainder of the year researching the industry and relevant courses, as well as exploring other options. I ended up deciding on a Bachelor of Communication Studies at AUT. This meant a move back to Auckland (my home city). From day one of communication studies I loved it. There’s something about PR and communications that I just ‘get’ – it fits with the way my brain works.
It soon became apparent to me that the communications industry was full of new graduates looking for work so I needed to do something to stand out. I continued with my blog and used it to apply for an internship with nzgirl. The internship ended up turning into a permanent, paid, part-time job. I stayed on there for a year and a half the rest of my studies and credit the team for teaching me a lot of my skills. I’ll always be so grateful to them – I don’t know if I’d have the career success I have now without Jenene taking a chance on inexperienced 21-year-old me and Jo and Katie taking me under their wings.
At the end of 2013 I was finishing university so it was time for me to get a full-time job and move on from nzgirl. I made a huge effort to find a job while i was still at university. The role I ended up going with was in marketing and ecommerce at EziBuy. I had done the ‘content thing’ with my blog and nzgirl so I wanted to move over to the brand side and give that a go. I quickly realised though that I needed a combination of the two – my role just wasn’t creative enough. I knew that I’d soon move on from this role but planned to stick out for 1.5-2 years.
However, a year in I came across what looked to be my dream role. It was for a brand I liked and focused on blogging. I’d be the Social Media Editor and it’d be my job to write and plan content, as well as do the day-to-day management of the blog. The role came months too early for my plan but plans don’t always go the way you expect. As you know I’m all about proactively following your dreams and creating your life – for me this was the job that’d get me back on that path.
This role was at ASB (one of New Zealand’s largest banks for those of you from overseas who might not have heard of it before) and I’ve been working there since December last year. I love it – my true passion is this blog and encouraging you all to create and celebrate your lives but as far as ‘day jobs’ go my role at ASB is a dream come true. You can see the ASB Blog here to see what I do. It’s pretty awesome that my little hobby of blogging led me to my dream job – and I’m so proud to have stuck with it for so long. Next time you think about starting a hobby, switching majors or making a career change I encourage you to do it! You never know where it’ll lead you. If your passion and intuition are leading you there, then follow them!
I really enjoyed writing this – it was interesting to look back on my career thus far and how I started on this journey. I hope you find it interesting or even helpful.
If you’d like me to share more about my university experience, my career or working in communications, then let me know.