In the midst of preparing for my second exam, I found another thing that I can worry about. That is to say, I started to think about my future career. About a week before, I attended an Alumni Insight Event (Career with a humanities degree), which was organized by the Career Development Service. I think it is always more useful to get information from people who work at a field that you are interested in, rather than just getting general information about how to start a career (where, most often, Arts and Humanities are not devoted particular attention to).
At this event, there were three students who actually attended the University of Leicester and who, after graduating, went to different careers with their Humanities Degrees, for example English or History. It was refreshing to hear something different from the usual advice such as “have loads of experience, take part in everything, improve your CV, sell yourself etc”. Frankly, I already heard loads about these things. So this time I really enjoyed receiving first-hand information about, for instance, journalism, by someone who herself graduated not too long ago and who not only appraised journalism but talked about her struggles with it, too. This former student confirmed what I already knew (or thought to know) about journalism. In sum, her experience revealed that being a journalist is a very hard work, where you have to be really ambitious. Yes, you can travel and experience exciting things that other ‘ordinary’ people could not, but you can also witness things that you may wish that you wouldn’t have, plus, the working hours are kind of ridiculous.
There was a student who went on to become and English teacher and I really liked how he seemed absolutely enthusiastic and passionate about his job. Of course he also noted the downsides of being a teacher, besides the advantages, but it did not really affect me; I have never planned to be a teacher anyway. (As an outsider though, it seems to me as one of the hardest and most respectable jobs!)
The third student chose a career path that was quite different from what he had studied (which was, if I remember well, a joint degree of English and History). It was nice to hear that you can work something that you are really keen about, even if it is not exactly related to your degree. His work is related to Music and Art events, which sounds great, but from his experience I understood that you do have to be a bit pushy to get what you want in this field. He called our attention to the fact that it is not necessarily your list of skills and experience in your CV that are the most important things. It is you yourself who have to show passion for the job and have knowledge about your future employer; these count the most at a job interview.
All in all, this event got me thinking. I mean, obviously I was thinking about careers before, but now I’m starting to realize that my next year is my final year, so I feel like I should come up with some reasonable career directions soon. I really like writing, I am very curious and I would love to travel and discover things (mostly cultures and people) so journalism is an option, I guess. However, I would like to consider other things, too, so… we’ll see… (For now, I should be only concerned about my very near future, which contains an exam, so I’m trying to worry about one thing at a time.)