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feeling lost - need a career change (or start!)(5 Posts)
Hello In short, I'm 29 and have spent the last 6 years in an admin/bits of PR post in a very small company; this is my 1st "real" job. I've been wanting to leave for a couple of years now but have no idea what I actually want to do! I don't have a degree (had to leave at the end of year 1 due to health complications and never went back) but have great A levels.
I love the PR side of my work - dealing with clients, social media etc but every comms/PR job description I read just sounds...intimidating and overwhelming because its full time PR when currently it makes up around 40% of my job. I know I am good with clients and giving them what they want but that's it, really.
My other major skill is editing/proofreading (please don't judge by this post!). I proofread all the publicity at work and am the sole occupier of the office pedants' corner.
Does anyone have ideas on what might be suitable for me? I'm open to the idea of further training but it has to be compatible with a full-time job.
I feel like a failure, not having a "career" at my age. I don't have any children so that's no excuse. Any help is very much appreciated!
Hey! It sounds like you have developed lots of great skills during your six years so don't feel bad about yourself or like you've wasted time. You've discovered something you enjoy and are good at and this in itself can take people many years to discover so you're actually on a fast-track here in some ways It's all a matter of perspective!
A full-time PR job may look intimidating on paper but in reality if it's similar to what you're doing now, it won't be that different, just more of what you enjoy. What's scary about that? You'll do an even better job because you like more of the work.
In terms of next steps I would say go for some interviews for any jobs you like the look of. What have you got to lose?
Our minds play tricks on us and like to keep us in the 'safe' zone. We consider doing something new and then that voice in your head comes in and blows all your dreams apart like "you'd never cope with a full-time PR job". I call them automatic negative thoughts (ants) and everyone has them.
I have a free 52 minute teleclass all about building confidence and really going for the next challenge. If you'd like to listen to it, PM and I'll send you the link. I'm a Confidence Coach (amongst other things) and generally I find the one thing that holds nearly everyone back is fear. Fear of failure, fear of success, fear of humiliation, fear of rejection etc. The list goes on and on. But in the end mostly fears are in our heads. They rarely play out in real life. So just go for it.
If you wanted to train further there are various exams you could consider, there's this www.cipr.co.uk/content/qualifications or you could consider CIM and CAM for broader communications exams.
My thoughts on exams are yes, they have a place in the world of work, but in the end experience wins hands down. I'd rather have a surgeon operate on me who'd practised the operation a 1000 times than someone who'd just read about it and got 100% in the exam. Does that make sense?
All the best, Sarah x
lovely reply which I got a lot from, thanks!
If PR is 40% of your role, you could defo go 100% PR. The only thing I can suggest is giving it a go; make your CV as good as possible & speak to some recruitment agencies/ headhunters, and send your CV to any industry 'friends' if you have any (ex-colleagues) asking if they can send your CV to the relevant person. The one thing for sure, if you make steps towards your goal you are that bit closer to achieving it. Also interviews get a lot less intimidating once you have had a couple & are getting practise. Finally, most people have no idea what they are doing in new roles & many feel intimidated.... they just fake it, until they make it. Good luck!
It seems to me like you DO know what you want to do, despite saying that you don't. If you love the PR side of your work, then that is what you should be pursuing. Start from there - narrow down PR prospects and apply.
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