From a very young age, we’ve been taught that grades are important as they open doors for us, ideally to create this ‘picture perfect’ future. Having this drilled, it becomes the norm to want to do your hardest..cause who wants to think of themselves in twenty years with absolutely nothing. Reality is, it’s not the be-all and end-all of life, succeeding is still possible.
When I was in primary school, we were taken on a trip to a university. Since then I had my heart set on being there one day. I was aware of the fact that I needed the grades to get there, and so I tried, but wouldn’t say so much succeeded.
I remember the whole way through high school, being told that if we didn’t have the necessary grades required by a college, that we wouldn’t be accepted. I was lucky in that respect and passed my GCSE’s. However, what no one makes you aware of, is that fair enough you may not be able to do the course(s) you wanted to, but there are plenty of alternatives which can still get you to where you want to be.
A-Levels weren’t the best time for me, I didn’t do anywhere near as well as I could have. Very worried at this point, I thought I was going to have to stay in college another year, or the alternative being taking a year out to gain relevant work experience to continue onto higher education.
To put things into perspective here, I had never had a job by this point. How am I going to gain the experience, especially if I haven’t passed my A-Levels? Well, my next thought was to apply through clearing. However, not only were my grades still too low, but I missed the deadline.
Scouring different university websites, speaking to people through chat lines, willing to change courses, there was still no luck. I just needed a degree, as when I graduate, the idea is to do a conversion course which allows me to do what I initially wanted to. I finally came across a course that sounded like my cup of tea, at a local university. I emailed, and to my surprise, received a response. I was in line for a phone interview.
I smashed it, and before I knew it, I was completing my first year with a five-week work placement at a digital marketing agency. During my time at this company, I produced content for clients which has been published. When my placement came to an end, I was offered an internship, with my role being the content strategist.
This was all a massive shock to me as this company was willing to leave aside the fact that my cv was bare because I’d never worked, and that I was young and only just completed the first year of my degree. They looked passed that and got to know me as a person, saw the potential and what I could bring to the table. In turn, offering me an opportunity, I couldn’t turn down. They’ve helped me kick start my career.
This was when I soon came to realise that everything doesn’t depend on experience or grades…succeeding is possible
Looking far and wide on the internet for any content writing jobs of the sort – cause this is what I’m good at, writing. To my surprise, I found a freelance job, where I had to write review articles. When I got in touch with them (still with very little experience), they were more than willing for me to work alongside them.
I went from no job and no experience, to becoming a content strategist and a reviewer, in under a year.
Essentially, moral being is that you don’t need to live up to societies expectations to get to where you want to be.
Would love to hear what you think, or any similar experiences