Another month, another superstar joins the team

What do you want to be when you grow up? We’re all asked it at some point. At 13 I wanted to be a screenwriter. At 15 I wanted to be a solicitor. One law A-level later and I was 18 – I no longer wanted to be a solicitor.  At 18 that question begins to feel like the be-all and end-all. University application deadlines draw closer and it’s time to make a decision. Feeling the crushing weight of that question, I do the best I can to make an informed decision. I’m good at writing, I enjoy reading, I’ve always been able to project confidence, and I’m good at public speaking. A journalist? That’s it! I’m going to be a journalist I decide. So, I began my Broadcast Journalism degree at Coventry University. And I enjoyed it.. kind of. I spent a few weeks working at BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire, and another few at ITV Central and I really got the bug for working hard. Despite this, I coasted through the first few years of my degree with a building feeling that I wasn’t sure what I wanted to be anymore.

Climbing Mt Oberon in Australia during the first lockdown (This was allowed)

In the third year of my four-year degree, I spent 14 months studying in Australia, and it ended up being one of those really pivotal moments in life that shape you as a person (cliche, but true). I had the best times of my life.. and I also had some of the worst. The pandemic hit halfway through that trip and I found myself on the other side of the world from my family and friends with a lot of spare time on my hands to reflect and think. The pandemic really forced me to consider what the important things are in life – like I’m sure it did for a lot of people.  So, when I finished my degree and faced that question again I knew what my answer was. What do I want to be when I grow up? Happy. I want to get up every morning and look forward to my day of work ahead. I want to make memories and feel pride in my work.

When I cherry-picked all of the parts of my  Broadcast Journalism degree that I enjoyed, I eventually discovered that they formed another career path that I hadn’t looked into before – digital marketing. I set out on the hunt for a digital marketing position, which, in the midst of a pandemic, felt vaguely hopeless, and I was lucky enough to find myself applying for a position with All Things Management. And, as they say, the rest is history. After being welcomed with open arms by the team, I discovered that they share my values when it comes to working life. I’m now feeling settled in my new role and I’m looking forward to gradually getting to know all of the All Things Management client’s and their businesses. I can’t wait to get stuck into all of the exciting projects that the company is working on, including the Northamptonshire Business Excellence Awards (NBEA) and the Northamptonshire Education Awards (NEA). In particular, I’m aiming to take the knowledge gained from my Broadcast Journalism degree to work on All Things Business – The Podcast to create some killer episodes for everyone to enjoy.

 

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