This summer marks four years since I graduated from The University of Creative Arts with a 2:1 Bachelors degree in Photography. I remember my graduation day vividly as I travelled to London with my parents to receive my degree in the Royal Festival Hall. I had already moved all of my belongings back into my parent’s house in Kent preparing to start a life totally in my own hands.
Leaping into the unknown is pretty scary. I had many options at my fingertips – do I follow my heart of my head? Do I become a freelancer, do I intern or do I find a job? I opted for the first two options, becoming a freelance photographer namely in the fashion industry and I ended up interning at an online fashion company, a photography agency and an online jewellery store.
I did this for one year and I learnt a lot of about myself and grew in confidence as I was working for myself, by myself. However financially it just wasn’t stable enough in terms of paying bills and finding my own place to live. So a year later I opted to find a full time job which sin’t in the sector I am trained in. I am not going to lie, the adjustment was hard. Working in an office 9-5 can sap the creativity out of you, however this is why I started up this blog. Who knows, maybe one day I will go back to being a freelancer. The world is your oyster.
Lessons & Advice
I wanted to express in this post that things may not play out as you had imagined at first. You may have to take steps back in order to move forward. The reality of needing money to pay for necessities hits you hard and your priority becomes keeping a roof over your head and food in your belly. Do not lose hope in your dreams though! Keep working for it.
Life after the structure of university can be scary and unpredictable, but there will be others out there in the same boat as you or have been through it. Connect to others in your situation or speak to your friends and family. Don’t suffer in silence.
Do what is best for you. Just because you aren’t blogging/freelancing full time it doesn’t mean you aren’t as good as the rest that are. Keep the fire going and put energy into doing what you are passionate about.
If you do end up working in a sector you didn’t study for as I have, don’t panic. Use this as an advantage to increase your skills and learn new things. Some of what I have learnt from my role in marketing has helped me with my blog. Put a positive spin on life and be happy.