This post is written in collaboration with Vowerk
If you’re a long time reader of this blog, you’ll already know I was made redundant in October 2016. I’ve written about it a few times in the past – my intial feelings, how I got through the difficult 6 months of unemployment and how much can change in just a year. I’ve also talked about my work history in the past, how I did a degree that ended up being completely unrelated to the career path I chose.
Because of all this, I often get questions about my job. What I do, how I got into it, what effect my degree had, why I chose a different path etc. A lot of the questions also revolve around finding a job I love and how I did it, seeing as I didn’t *technically* have the experience.
A little while ago, the team at Vorwerk asked me to take part in their #NoMore9to5 campaign, designed to raise awareness of how people in the UK really feel about their career. I was already planning on doing a job/career-centric blog post so it couldn’t have been more well timed.
So, this is what today’s post is about!
My job history
So, in case you weren’t aware, I did a Product Design degree but actually ended up working in Digital Marketing. I love design and it will always be a part of my life, but I just found it too pressured/stressful when I did it as a job. I ended up leaving a freelancing gig (that was supposed to be a full time job, but I just got constantly messed about) and trying to make it in the Digital Marketing scene with only my blog as official experience.
It was definitely a ‘right place, right time’ situation for me, as the company I worked for as a designer hired me back as a Content Marketing Executive after I quit my design role. They were looking for someone to do website content, social media management and email marketing for them, were impressed with my blog and the rest is history!
This is the job I was made redundant from after only 10 months of working there. I spent 6 months unemployed, then found my current job as a Digital Marketing Executive after LOTS of unsuccessful interviews due to not having much experience. I’m so glad my current job took a risk with me, because I absolutely love it.
How I found a job I love with very little experience
Okay so this is the bit people usually care about.
And boy, do I get it.
It’s SO hard trying to get into a new career. So, so hard. Especially when you know you’d be good at it, but companies obviously can’t necessarily take that risk. I can’t tell you how many interviews I had during my redundancy where it was down to me and one other person, but I didn’t get the job because the other candidate had more experience.
I can, however, advise a few things from my own personal experience on this front. Obviously it may not work for you, but it eventually worked for me.
First off, you will need *some* kind of experience. Most of my experience for Digital Marketing/Social Media roles came from my blog. Running a blog, writing content, managing social media, taking photos, editing videos, you’d be surprised how many skills you can learn from blogging. And, if you have the statistics/proof to back up how amazing you are, you’d be equally as surprised how much employers take it seriously.
Secondly, you’ll need to have knowledge. This sort of comes into the first point, but if you don’t have *proper* experience, you need to read up on things, understand the market, understand the job etc. It will show you care, show you know what you’re talking about and if you have the passion to show you can do everything you say you can, you’ll smash it.
Lastly, as I’ve just mentioned, you’ll need passion. It’s one of the reasons I got my current job. In my interview, I outright said I didn’t have the experience for the role, but knew I could do it and knew I could do it well. I explained how I understood why so many others before had turned me down due to lack of experience, but I was just waiting for someone to give me the chance and to believe I could do everything I said I could. It must have worked, because here I am 7 months later!
The thing about jobs is people get comfortable. I’m not one to stay somewhere if I’m not happy. Obviously there are barriers to changing jobs – my main issue would be money and having another job to go to. But, with that in mind, I would never stay somewhere I didn’t enjoy. You’re going to be working for a big part of your life, you need to try your hardest to actually enjoy what you’re doing.
Obviously full career changes are more difficult, but they aren’t impossible. You could do another degree through the open university, try something in your own time that would give you experience. (e.g. volunteering, a second job, or if it’s something digital – blogging!)
According to the study Vorwerk did, only 13% of people enjoy their jobs. THIRTEEN PERCENT. That’s so many people who are stuck in a job they hate.
Changing career isn’t easy. But I personally believe it’s not something to be scared of. Life is too short to be stuck in a job you hate. Life is too short to not chase what you want. If you want to be/do something, research into it, figure out the best way to do it and get it done.
I’m not going to sit here and tell you to leave your job, because I hate it when people do that. It’s not possible for most. I know it wouldn’t be possible for me! That doesn’t mean you can’t figure out an exit plan and find a new position whilst in your current one. What I mean to say is, if you want to change career, it is possible. You can do it, and you probably won’t regret it.
Big ups to Vorwork for sparking the inspiration for this post! If you have any questions about my career change, redundancy, or anything else – just leave a comment or hit me up on Twitter and I’ll do my best to help. And let me know if you’ve ever changed careers – I’d love to hear about it!
*This post is a sponsored post written in collaboration with Vorwerk. All words, opinions and advice are my own. Please read my full disclaimer for more information.