Making Changes and Branching Out
I’ve been thinking a lot about my future lately, what this site could be as well and so on. In all honesty, I have spent pretty much all of my life to date doing what others thought was best for me. I took the occasional “risk” – an extra couple of modules in Law whilst at University, taking my whole Geography A-Level in one year etc – but that was all really.
When I graduated with my BSc in Geography from the University of Manchester I still had no idea where I wanted to be in life. I knew I liked taking photos, I liked playing video games and seeing my friends, with the odd bit of artsy projects. Bearing this in mind, I was definitely worrying about a future career. So, I applied for pretty much any job I was qualified for.
This ended with me having a particular kind of job – one mostly based on administration. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love messing around with spreadsheets and I have since school. But an office based role leaves you with little in the way of being creative when you’re working for huge companies.
My boyfriend helped me with setting up my first two websites – this one and Geek Calling (that one’s pretty much just for fun). And this started to help me feel better. I had a space to talk about geeky/nerdy things and a place to highlight my photography.
But the point is, I got more and more involved with the sites. I wanted to learn about SEO, to research into topics to talk about, to advertise them… and I did. Ultimately, no matter how hard I tried I couldn’t help but feel like it was what I should be doing.
I think life has a habit of testing you at times. My job was well paid, with a good pension, and very friendly colleagues (honestly, I’ll miss that the most). But, basically, I want a career where I use my creativity every day, and learn new things continuously.
I spent a long time wondering what I could do, even with my websites being at the front of my mind all the time. But, what I will be doing is starting a Masters course in Digital Marketing at the University of Salford. The course has all the elements I want to learn more about – SEO, Social Media Marketing – and more with an added insight into digital marketing in general.
In the mean time, before I start, I’m off to Barcelona on Sunday (feeling incredibly grateful to Jamie for that!) and my parents just upgraded my MacBook (which means I can actually edit photos/write posts without wanting to bin my MacBook – also grateful to them for that!) so expect plenty of updates… partly to stop me from going a little insane.
One day, hopefully, I’ll have a career where I get to be creative, research… as well as take the occasional photo (or 100). All in all, this feels like the right step towards the rest of my life – and I’m excited for it! Stay tuned though, as mentioned I’ll be working even harder on this site, at the same time as being a little geek with a couple of books I’ve already started reading.