Working & Under 30 | Putting Yourself Out There
Finishing A Levels is a stressful time.
For two years, you’ve been at the top of your school, the oldest there, like gods looking down upon peasants. (Okay, maybe that’s a bit far.) But you feel great, until… you need to figure out what to do next.
And then it’s terrifying.
I decided to go to university to study Film & TV Production, which I did on a total whim. Well, I say a whim, but when I was 8, I said I wanted to be a TV producer even though I probably didn’t know what one of those was – it just sounded cool. But I bet I made 8-year-old me happy by actually studying to be a TV producer.
Did I want to do that when I finished, though? Nope. In fact, I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do. But who does? When you’re finishing uni, you’ve got the entire world at your feet, a swimming pool full of student debt, and an empty bank balance to go along with it. Where do you go from there?
About a year before I graduated, I decided to set up a book blog.
I’d dabbled with blogging since I was a teenager, but this was one I was truly excited about. It became my biggest hobby, the thing I spent most of my time doing, and I realised I loved anything to do with social media, blogging, and everything else in between. I started Googling marketing jobs and found a thing called a virtual assistant, which sounded cool. I slapped it on my blog’s ‘about’ page – “dream job: virtual assistant” – and thought nothing of it. It just sounded cool.
(A virtual assistant, or VA, is basically a marketing assistant for brands and businesses, but you work from home. Imagine stuff like social media, blogging, email marketing, website development, and that kind of thing. That’s a virtual assistant in a nutshell.)
I took an online course in digital marketing, kept pouring my life and soul into my blog, and all of a sudden, I had somebody reaching out to me to ask if I wanted to work with them… AS A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT. And where did this person somehow magically know I wanted to be a virtual assistant? That’s right – they saw it on that little ‘about’ page on my blog.
Fast forward to now – 3 years later – and I’m still in the same job, working as a virtual assistant, and I’m loving it. I’m working on my blog and podcast on the side, and I feel like I have so much I want to work on. I feel lucky every single day that I get to work from home on a super cool job that I once called MY DREAM JOB. And all it took to get it was showing my content and marketing skills through my blog.
So what’s the point in me telling you all of this? Is it to boast about my super cool job? Nope. Is it because I like talking about myself? Definitely not.
It’s to show you that putting yourself out there online, whether it’s with a blog, a great social media presence, a YouTube channel, or anything at all that makes you visible online, matters. It matters a lot, especially if you want to get into a digital job like marketing, or any tech job. Even having an impressive LinkedIn profile will help get you noticed.
All it takes is for someone to stumble across your blog, your profile, or a video you made, for you to be seen. And in the digital world, simply being visible can make a lot of cool things happen.
So don’t be afraid. Put yourself out there. You don’t know what might happen. I hope my story shows you that something just might, and one day, you could have your dream job – and all it took was a simple sentence on your ‘about’ page.
Charlotte is a proud Hufflepuff, bookworm, and space nerd with a whole space book collection to prove it. She writes a blog, hosts a podcast, and makes videos about all things bookish and wonderful. She currently works as a virtual assistant at Taskerly.