Life Update: Graduation, Job Hunting & Moving to London!

Monday, 13 July 2015




Before I start this post, it might be worth mentioning that I don't really have a plan for this post so it may end up being a bit of a ramble, but I wanted to share what's been going on in my life recently with you all, partly as you're all somewhat responsible for some of the changes going on (all good, I promise). 

On the 29th May this year I sat my final ever exam and unofficially became a Bournemouth University Marketing Graduate (I say unofficial as our graduation ceremony isn't until November), and now I've typed that out it's kind of just hit me how scary that sounds. After 18 years in education I'm finally free to live my life as I choose and take the next steps in becoming a fully fledged adult - eek! This last year at Uni has been a pretty tough one for me in all honestly. Some of you may know that I took a year out of my degree to do a year in industry/placement and worked in the marketing department at Disney Channel for a year. After what can only be described as the best year of my life at Disney, I really really didn't want to go back to Uni, and that coupled with the sheer amount of work final year throws at you have taken it's toll on me, as when you really don't want to be somewhere it takes a lot of the enjoyment out of the work you're doing. However, I persevered and managed to graduate (hooray!) and I never ever say this, but I'm actually a little bit proud of myself. I never thought I would make it through first year, let alone 4 years and a dissertation! 

But now that I've left University and all of the celebrations are out of the way, it's time to get serious about the next stage of my life and there really is no preparation for the emotional roller coaster that is graduate job hunting. For a couple of months I was toying with the idea of doing a graduate scheme, but quickly decided that it wasn't the route for me. I have nothing against graduate schemes but I didn't really see one that was *perfect* for me, as I knew I wanted to go into social media instead of traditional marketing. So since making that decision I've been applying like crazy, but it's just so hard for graduates nowadays - you either don't have enough experience or you're over qualified (yes, I really did get told that) and then when you finally make it to the interview stage you're either too calm, too nervous, or you just aren't a good fit for the company...and thats if you even hear back from the company. The amount of times I've spend a small fortune on attending first, second and third interviews just to never hear back from a company, despite me chasing them, is actually ridiculous. I understand that these companies are busy but it's just basic manners to let a candidate know that they've been unsuccessful. It's no secret that graduates are poor, and nowadays you have to spend money to earn it (going to interviews, buying an interview outfit, etc) so when they've spent their last £30 on a ticket to London and spent days on a presentation for an interview, is it really that hard to email them and say no? 

However, I am happy to say that after about 3/4 months of job hunting - I am officially employed! I'm going to be starting work pretty soon as Social Media and Passenger Communications Advisor at Heathrow Airport, and I honestly couldn't be happier! I know what you're probably thinking, an airport seems like an odd choice for a self-confessed beauty addict, but seeing how passionate all of their employees are about what they're doing and the exciting opportunities the job presents, I couldn't be more excited to start my new adventure. Apart from my degree and work experience, my blog also helped me to bag my dream grad job, so I owe you all a massive thank you form the bottom of my heart for all of your love and support for my little blog over the past 2 years, I really couldn't have done it without you, and I hope you're all as excited for my new adventure as a London Blogger once again, as I am! 

Apart from bagging the job I really wanted, I'll also be moving to London which is just as exciting for me! I loved living in London when I was on my placement year, everything was so exciting and the blog opportunities coming my way were out of this world, so I'm super happy to be able to move back for work. I honestly haven't been this happy in months and I'm over the moon to finally be working towards and achieving my dreams and be in the place that I want to be. If you follow me on social media you'll have probably noticed that I've been a bit of a negative nelly over the past couple of months with the whole dissertation/job hunt becoming a huge emotional drain, but I'm happy to say that that stage of my life is well and truly over and I'll be back to my usual self before you know it! 

As you can see, there's some huge changes going on in my life right now, so while I'm packing/moving/settling into my new place and job, my posts may be a little sporadic so please bear with and I'm sure it will all be back to normal soon! In the meantime, if any of you graduates or final year students would like to see some tips/advice I've picked up along the way regarding finding a graduate job, please do let me know in the comments and I will be happy to oblige! 

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

17 comments:

  1. Brilliant post Becky! I've just finished University too and am completely daunted at the prospect of finding a job! I'm travelling over the summer and then will be applying for positions. I wish you the best of luck with everything, it's such an exciting time for you xxx

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    1. Thank you Faye :) Your travels sound amazing - I'm so jealous that you're going to New York, it's one of my favourite places in the world! xx

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  2. Congrats Becky and it sounds like such a fun opportunity and an exciting adventure. Hope you enjoy your job in London and I wish you all the best!

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

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  3. Wow, that is amazing. Congratulations on graduating and finding a job! That is absolutely incredible.
    the-creationofbeauty.blogspot.com

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  4. Congratulations on the job! I've moved to London at the beginning of this year and still haven't managed to find one. I arrived here all by myself from my home country, full of hope and dreams, but the only thing I got out of it so far is depression and an empty bank account. I only have a few months left to find something, otherwise I'll have to pack my bags and move back home. I had no idea how difficult it would be. I would be happy to hear your tips, as I need all the help I can get, especially since I'm in an even worse position, being an immigrant, which to my surprise a lot of people here do not like, even though I'm educated and fluent in English... -_-

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    1. Thank you Sandra! Oh no, I can't believe people are still discriminating against you when you're clearly well educated and skilled! If you're still in London when I move we will have to go for coffee sometime :) I will definitely write that post up, hopefully it will help you sort something out! xx

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  5. Congratulations on your job, must be so exciting! I've just finished my first year at Uni but I'm already scared that no company will want me when I graduate haha! xx

    Floralchaos

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    1. Thank you Conny! Ah I'm sure that's not the case :) xx

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  6. Yay well done Becky, can't wait to see you soon xx

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    1. Thank you Rachel - we will have to organise a little get together with Kim too! xx

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  7. Congratulations on your new job & best of luck with everything! xx

    Beautylymin

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  8. SOOO happy for you my love. Good luck with everything and congrats!

    Sophie x

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  9. Congratulations on the new job, I love airports so I'm sure it'll be a great place to work. Hopefully see you at some London events very soon.

    Victoria x
    FlorenceandMary.com

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  10. Huge contrats on the new job - everything sounds like it's working out so well :) Lots of changes though, hopefully it'll all be stress-free! I agree it's so strange to go from being in education your whole life to starting work, it's odd! x

    Laura at Lola and Behold

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