Why I took time out before my degree
Monday 18th September 2017 has been in my calendar and countdown app since roughly Thursday 12th January 2017. The date slowly creeping closer and marking the start of a journey I had been determined not to go on since I was 14. That’s right, I didn’t want to go to university.
From a very young age I didn’t like being in education. It wasn’t fun, I didn’t have many friends, every and all tests were horrible and I couldn’t imagine being in education longer than absolutely necessary. It didn’t help that I didn’t really know what I wanted to do for a living forever.
I didn’t really get to pick my GCSE options meaning I continued to be learning just things I wasn’t particularly interested in but it all changed when I got to A-levels. I was doing things I was interested in and loved doing. I was making things all the time and being as creative as possible and as an extra bonus I didn’t have the pressure of exams. But I still didn’t want to go to University.
I wanted to be out in the world working even if it meant I wasn’t making things or building a career because I still didn’t know what I wanted to do. Even if I had picked a degree and a university to go to after college, after the events in my life early to mid 2015 I definitely wouldn’t have been ready to leave home or be away from my family. I needed the flexibility of part time work and the consistency of my family and childhood home.
So I got bar work, and waitressing jobs, and did jobs I thought would be fun so I had the cash to do the things I wanted to, like go to gigs and read countless books and cook and think about saving up to drive and start a photography business. Most of which didn’t happen.
I got a job as a “freelance photographer and web designer” and I spent 3 weeks of my life in a freezing warehouse photographing carpets and then creating the website for a carpet company. Creating products on prestashop, writing descriptions for flooring, naming and filing images and occasionally helping write facebook posts. And I actually enjoyed what I was doing, as well as finding out that flooring is NOT one of my passions.
So I looked into digital marketing apprenticeships and got one. I got to learn about business models and SEO and content creation and management and I loved going to my classes. I found out that I get a significant amount of joy from finding out and comparing the differences in companies target and actual audience on social medias and seeing what they could do to adjust what they are posting to shift between the two.
When I lost my apprenticeship placement I looked for new jobs in social media and when every single application said I needed a degree I started looking into them because there was no way I wasn’t going to follow this passion I had found.
If you would like to know more about how and why I picked my university and course here’s a video on my channel about it