My Biggest Regret… And How I Turned My Passion Into A Career
Today I thought I'd share with you my biggest regret from University... and how I turned my passion into a career.
My first year at University was tough, I have written about it before and I honestly cannot stress enough hownormalit is tonotfind University a piece of cake from the start. Personally, I got quite homesick, I didn't 'click' with my flat mates and I felt really isolated. As a result, I didn't put myself out there as much. I socialised with those on my course, but went home almost every weekend. Things got better but it just took time, having made friends with people on my course I felt a lot more positive about University.
My biggest regret is not throwing myself into things more from the start, purely because, 3 years on, I see how awesome it is that these groups of people have such close friendship. These friendships are built on societies for the most part.
So if you are about to become a Fresher or are even returning to University for your second or third year then I really encourage you to get involved.
I don’t want to suggest that my first year was all bad. During those times of homesickness I threw myself into my own blog. I wrote about how I felt and found other peoples’ blogs were really helpful in making me realiseI was normal. Loads of people felt like University was a little bit overwhelming and hadn't met expectations of finding your BFF's on the first night.
After about 9 months of blogging for myself, I found out about Warwick University Bloggers. Blogging at Universities is becoming pretty common now and it’s a great way to bridge the gap between prospectus students and students already enrolled at University. I signed up and throughout my second and third year of University I became a University Blogger. Not only did it look pretty good on my CV (another reason to join societies!) it also introduced me to a new community of people. I wrote twice a month and it felt rewarding knowing that I could share my experiences with other students.
When I finished my exams and started applying for jobs in my final year, I realised how heavily my CV relied on my blogging, both my personal blog and the University one. Standing out is the hardest part of getting a Graduate Job and my blog did that for me. It’s even better when you can passionately talk about something in an interview too.
What I'm trying to say is that if you are passionate about something, or even think you could be- just give it a go. Try something new, throw yourself into every opportunity.
My blog gave me an insight into marketing, advertisements and business- so I’ve managed to use these skills to get a job as a Marketing Executive today. Until 6 months ago I had no idea what I wanted to be! Also, as a heads up, that’s also totally normal- I think I know a handful of people (graduates!) that know exactly what they’re doing.
Sometimes winging it is the best option, and by winging it I mean do what you love and see where that gets you!