Navigating life after education is always and will always be a difficult one. I struggled massively figuring out what I wanted to pursue and if it would be right for me, as I have always been a bit of a generalist. I understood who I was and that I was determined to succeed in something, but knowing what to do was always the set back. I thought I liked one thing, tried it and hated it. Now entering my 12th week on the Rise programme, with a job lined up that I was headhunted for on week 6. The question I keep asking myself is, how did I get here and how can I continue to be a generalist and integrated in different fields?
Over the past 12 weeks, I have learnt so much that I will carry with me over the course of my career, but most importantly I have found that expanding my skill set, networking, and being proactive will always lead me to more opportunities, bigger circles, and better outcomes.
It’s very fair to say I’m a busy body. I did a degree in Drama and contemporary performance, and alongside my degree, I have my own theatre company. During Covid I had my own bakery that I operated by myself for two years and I’ve also worked in hospitality for the past 7 years. And this is all at the age of 22. Whilst all of those roles and jobs have all taught me so much, Agent academy allowed me to understand these two things:
1. Transferable skills are so valuable. You will know more than you think. Apply them to different scenarios/sectors.
2. The more you do, the more situations you face, the more skills you learn, the more you network, the more valuable you are to a company.
Not being in the job you want to be in is a frustrating feeling when you are so capable of achieving your goals. You will get there, it just takes time and some guidance, but in the meantime try to enjoy the different situations and roles you find yourself in. They are what you will talk about in a job interview even if you don’t think they are relevant. The skills you have learnt from your part time job give you so much more than you think.
Agent Academy supported me in so many different ways that have shaped me into someone that prides themselves in being a generalist.
The biggest thing you can do for yourself when starting your career, is allowing yourself to be open to every opportunity. Don’t define yourself straight away, allow yourself to do a bit of everything. See what you don’t like before you see what you love.
I’m so excited to see what my new chapter will bring as an Account Executive at the The Behaviours Agency. The skills I have learnt have allowed me to grow into the jack of all trades, master of none, but often times better than a master of one.