Are you graduating in 2014 or sometime soon thereafter? Or maybe you know a youngster who could do with some practical advice? Perhaps you are even 22 at heart and starting all over again? If your answer is Yes to any of the above, then this article is for you.
Let me think back. Oh, if only … If I Were back in my 20s … With what I know now!
What do I know now that I wish I had known then? Well, the biggest insight that age and experience has given me is that when life gives you chances, grab them with both hands. For me personally, I had the chance to do an Honors degree in four years that had a one-year element of working in industry. Oh, how I wish I had taken that great offer up. Instead, I was in a 3-year Honors degree that to me was pure and in my opinion better. But people who had taken the four-year option had jobs waiting for them at the end, ease of getting into their Masters and PhDs, but I moved to a different part of London, which I thought was the better part, and moved to a university that had the faster course, and basically ended up in horrid accommodation which contributed to me becoming seriously ill for 25 years. So when I left University, my options were limited to work that I could fit around being ill. Only, I still was cocky and let go of many opportunities that could have been excellent to wait for the right one. But on the other hand, I soon accepted offers that were below my capabilities, and once you get stuck in that rut, you get labeled by the recruitment companies for that kind of job, and they end up playing safe by only putting you forward for the lesser jobs, because they are your experience.
You see, after graduation, I wanted to be a salesperson on the road. That was the second prize for not being able to be a scientist full-time due to illness. But, the recruitment agencies put me in an office-based telemarketing job after I had gone for an office-based sales job and messed it up. It took me a long time of doing the job the recruitment agents trapped me in before finally taking things into my own hands and calling one company after another until finally getting myself a job as a salesperson out on the road. Sometimes, that job changed into a mainly office-type job, but by then, I had plenty of experience, and I applied directly to companies for work in marketing with good pay. But the independence of being out on the road never left my blood, and I hankered for making it on my own somehow.
Somewhere along the line, I was introduced to holistic and alternative health to help me with my own health challenges. As I started to get better, I was introduced to …Read more