Journalism

April 2013

Where did you Study?

Sheffield Hallam University

What did you Study?

Journalism

What year did you Graduate?

2012

So we can feel more intimate, three words to describe your physical appearance.

Tall, blonde and big geeky glasses.

What did you do when you left Uni? Be brutally honest! If you cried into a bowl of cereal every morning & treated your local pub like your favourite Uni nightclub, say so.

When I first left I was really excited about achieving something as big as getting a degree and excited about having some time to myself and then starting my career. I went on a long holiday and then I went travelling. The summer was great, but as time has gone on and I’ve not been able to find a job, things do not look as rosy as they did back then. I’ve spent the last 7 months applying for jobs in journalism, admin, retail and all with no luck at all. So I’m currently unemployed, blogging and writing online while trying to find a job, even if not in journalism, just for some extra cash.

What are you doing now and how long do you see yourself doing it for? Are you in your dream job? If not yet, what is this?

I’m unemployed and looking for a job, in any sector, to get some more money. I do write my own blog very regularly and write for an online magazine, both of which are giving me lots of experience of writing. I love doing both, but I would love something better in terms of having an actual paying journalism job. My dream job is to work for a music/fashion magazine so that is what I write about online. Collecting experience and improving my writing is the one thing I can do to further my career while not being in a job right now.

Do you think Uni has helped you to be where you are now?

I don’t think University has helped with getting a job. I didn’t have the best time at University; I didn’t really enjoy it and although I worked hard, I didn’t come out of the 3 years all that well. I think degrees are definitely worthwhile, however I wish I had gone to a different University to gain my degree now.

Any advice for graduates who aren’t yet in their dream jobs or still battling against this rubbish economy for just an interview?

Keep trying, keep working hard, keep gaining experience in any way you can; write your own blog, write for an online magazine, get work experience at a local paper etc. Finding experience is harder than people make out, I have my emails ignored all the time, but I guess you just have to be persistent and keep writing, even if it’s not for a job, because you need to keep your writing skills sharp.

Don’t lose hope, it is disheartening, but we will all get there in the end, as long as we work hard and refuse to give up on our dream.

Finally, if you would be so kind, tell us briefly about your day ahead – just in case we might want to change our career path.

My day ahead will be spent finalising blog posts for the next couple of weeks, getting an article published up on the online magazine I write for, thinking of more ideas for stories, writing articles up for the ideas I’ve already had, applying for some jobs, searching job boards and emailing around to try and secure a work experience placement.

That’s it. Charlotte, you have been wonderful.

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