Matt Arnerich, Content Writer for Inspiring Interns.
“Having graduated from University in 2014, I left with a good degree, and absolutely no idea what I wanted to do. I had an interest in using my writing skills in my career, but with no idea about how I could make them applicable. So I took the next natural step and spent a year travelling…
There was some method to the career madness. I wanted the opportunity to work out what my skills were and what I wanted to do, while getting the chance to do something I’ve always wanted to do. Travelling can be a great way to improve your confidence and communication too, great soft skills for any career.
To pursue my career a little while travelling, I chose to blog the experience (albeit inconsistently) which in the end proved really important for me securing a job. When back in old blighty, I bounced through a few copywriting and general writing gigs through friends and local companies I approached. This gave me the confidence to finally put my CV together properly and start to apply to some jobs.
After some very limited success, I stumbled upon graduate recruitment specialists Inspiring Interns, and thought they’d be a great fit as I found that they specialised in the creative industries.
Unbelievably, they offered me a job in their own marketing team, as a position had recently come up and they were impressed with the writing on my blogs, university newspaper and various jobs I’d managed to get since I returned from travelling.
Almost 5 months in, I’m still loving my new role at an amazing company. I work as a content writer, which is a role I didn’t really know about before Inspiring Interns. Turns out it’s perfect for me. I get to write advice articles for graduates who are looking to get their foot on the first rung of the career ladder.
It’s all about creating engaging content and building relationships with other websites and blogs, which are always two things I’ve loved doing. More importantly, working in an internal marketing department gives me the opportunity to learn skills all across the marketing discipline, and for someone looking to learn a broad range of skills and gain responsibility quickly, going in-house as your first job is a really great step.
Also, if like me you’re a keen writer, and are interested in marketing, content marketing is a great option. Not only is it a great way to use your creative skills, but it’s one of the fastest growing disciplines in marketing, with more than 77% of brands saying they’ll increase their content marketing spend in 2016.
What’s the thing I learnt most during the start of my career? That giving myself the time to work out what it was I wanted to do was the best thing for me, and that when I had an idea, by remaining open to opportunities, I ended up finding a job that I love.”
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