Glenn Tosek, Digital Information Assistant, University of Reading
I graduated from the University of Southampton in 2014 and was completely relaxed about careers and the future. I’d had an amazing three years at university and always felt these things have a way of figuring themselves out in the end. Besides, I felt I’d earned a good summer holiday after finishing my final exam!
I worked part-time at a supermarket during my studies and was fortunate enough to be offered a full-time position a couple of months after graduation. It was not really my plan to use my degree to work my way up the retail ladder, but I figured I may as well get started in the meantime to earn a bit more each month.
However as time passed, the issue of a fulfilling career started to worry me. I loved my time at university and didn’t want my education to go to waste. I didn’t study the Emancipation Proclamation of 1864 to stack tins of baked beans every day. I didn’t want just ANY office job that paid a reasonable entry-level salary. I knew I wanted something that could challenge me and set me on a new, exciting path.
I had always had a few ideas of what I could see myself doing, whether it was a sports journalist (like 90% of my fellow classmates in university), magazine/content writer or radio broadcaster. However with these being nearly impossible fields to break into, I did have another idea. Go back to university.
Now when I said that, I didn’t literally mean go back and do a Masters. My dissertation was stressful enough already. I did, however, always fancy the idea of working on a university campus. Having been on one for three years previously, I always loved the atmosphere around university. As I am only 24 years old as well, I felt I was in a good position to communicate and help current undergraduates.
After regularly checking the jobs websites for local institutions, I eventually found a position within the Careers department at the University of Reading. I spent ages on my application, and customised my CV for the role before sending off my application. After securing an interview, I researched the university’s Careers Centre thoroughly and was fortunate to be offered the position.
I am now a Digital Information Assistant and am really enjoying it. Within my role, I aim to engage students in the Careers department through our various social media sites and newsletter. I am often out and about on campus taking photographs and ‘live-Tweeting’ from various events and workshops.
If I had one bit of advice it would be this: Don’t look for a “career”. If you keep worrying about finding a whole lifelong career, you will end up with the weight of the world on your shoulders.
Instead, just look for that first job. Just a job. If it doesn’t work out, that’s fine! You can always find another and try something else out. If it does work out, then you will be well on your way to a happy and fulfilling future.
This article has been provided by an external organisation, as such the views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Careers, Placement and Experience Centre.