Monday, 25 January 2016

My journey so far...

My journey so far...

So today I found out the best news and along with the happiness it also reminded me of how I got to this point of my life. I haven't really told my journey so far because I am only 21 years old so I haven't even lived yet... But when reflecting on my bumpy ride I remembered how much I needed advice once when I was struggling and found no one to help me. 

If this can help someone who's staring at their future like its the emptiest thing they've ever seen, I will be happy for doing it.

University

When I finished college I really had no idea where I wanted to be. I hadn't done particularly well at A-Levels but I knew I wouldn't have the drive to stay for a third year. Education is hard for people who are creative and want more free will. I wanted to start work straight away but when all my friends and classmates were set on University it was natural for me to think that was the only route to go.

I applied for Greenwich University to study English Literature. Mainly because my fondest hobbies were reading and creative writing... But a hobby is not always best applied to education. I felt more lost than ever and very alone. University is full of socials, nights out and parties but when I couldn't find happiness in my future I really couldn't be myself.

I spent a year deciding what to do with myself and not knowing if staying on to complete my studies would benefit me or not. Six months into my second year I knew it wasn't for me anymore, I got myself a job at Topshop and dropped out of University. 

When you think of someone leaving University it seems like the easy way out but for me it was the hardest thing Ive ever done. My mum was always keen on me graduating and I wanted to fulfil her dream. 

Friends

I learnt the hard way when it came to finding out who my friends were, but looking back I wouldn't change a thing. If you're surrounded by negative people who wish the worst for you its never worth the pain no matter how long you've known them.

Starting fashion college and my job at Zagger has given me the greatest people in my life. Ive met some people that I now consider life long friends which at one point I really thought was never going to happen.

Work life

When I left University and started working I felt better than I had done in years. I met new people and started doing the things I've always wanted to do. Working at Topshop was one of the best and worst jobs I've had. It surrounded me with people who were in my exact position and we all pushed each other to succeed. Although Topshop didn't work out, for reasons I'd rather not publicly exclaim, it definitely taught me so much about fashion, customer service and what I wanted to do in my life. I moved onto Miss Selfridge with a goal to succeed and within 3 months became Social Media Ambassador and Denim Specialist. I knew that fashion retail was a career I'd always do well in because I was a people pleaser and loved working with the product.

The whole time I was working I would save a lot of my money towards my fashion college fund, I spent a lot of months with no money and never going out. But it was worth the stress because I reached my £2k goal to get into the Fashion Retail Academy.

Fashion Retail Academy (FRA)

I chose to study Merchandising at the FRA because I knew areas such as Buying were swarmed with applicants. Merchandising involves deciding what product goes to which store at what time and in how much quantity. 

I didn't realise how much travelling to London would be and it worked out around £60 a week, excluding food and petrol. I moved on from Miss Selfridge and got a job at Zagger Fashion Group. My new goal was to work in luxury retail and getting a job with Zagger is probably the highlight of 2015. Ive never felt more at home and like a family within a retail environment and I never want to leave. 

Fashion college had its highs and lows with some areas not working out as I had pictured but I met some people I now consider life long friends. I really grew as a person from September 2015 until now, within college and work. 


Present time

Now we have arrived at my present where I am working in a job I love and succeeding in my studies. Today I found out another door has opened for me, because I have gained a work placement with Liberty London for 3 weeks in March.

Although this isn't a promised career path with Liberty it is certainly a once in a lifetime experience and the start of a prosperous future. I hope this is where I am launched into something great but even if the path changes course, I am very happy with where I have come in life.

I hope this has helped just one person, because life is very hard at times but you must remember to keep going. If you had asked me 2 years ago where I would be right now I would have probably said nowhere, so never give up.




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