Taking a Career Leap

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The Pursuit of Passion

When you have an aspiration, goal, or passion for a specific career path, it is not always easy to pursue. Taking the leap to do so is scary, although, incredibly fulfilling. How would I know? Because I took the leap, and this is my story.

I started an undergraduate degree of Psychology and Criminology at the Australian National University (ANU) in 2021. My dream degree had always been media communications, majoring in design, although, I grew up in Canberra where those courses were not available. With the COVID-19 pandemic, I did not see leaving Canberra for study as a possibility. I was 18, straight out of school, and feeling vastly unfulfilled. After one semester at ANU, I deferred, incredibly unmotivated towards my studies. I spent the following few months contemplating what I should do next. I was so paralysed with fear over making the wrong decision that I did nothing. I spent the months following my deferral working retail jobs that I hated, feeling less motivated every day.

I was then given an opportunity to work as a marketing team intern for a month. This internship reminded me of my passions, inspiring me to take the leap to move Melbourne to study Design and Media Communications at Monash University. I moved into an apartment by myself, in a city full of people I did not know, feeling completely out of my depth. I told myself the move was worth it to achieve my career goals, however, this did not make it any easier. I spent my first five months in Melbourne working in retail, earning enough money to get by, even though I was not enjoying casual retail work.

At the time, a friend of mine suggested I consider working in the area of my studies. I was convinced that was a horrible idea, I already had a job, I knew what I was doing, and it was safe. However, I decided to take on my friend’s advice by applying for marketing and media communications related roles. When I finally received a call to attend an interview for a marketing assistant at a financial services recruitment firm, I was terrified.

My initial thoughts were ‘What if I get rejected?’.

I knew nothing about finance or recruitment. I thought there was no way I could land this job. At the same time, I knew I was unhappy working in retail, and this was an opportunity to follow my passion, so I proceeded with the interview. During my interview, I spoke about my passion for design and marketing, noting my financial knowledge was minimal. Not expecting to be successful for the position, I was surprised when I received a call from RIVA Recruitment with a job offer. I was ecstatic and excited for the opportunity to follow my passion.  

I recently joined RIVA Recruitment in a marketing and design position which has enabled me to finally pursue my passion. Bonus, I am also learning about finance!

My advice to anyone contemplating a study or career change in an effort to pursue something which brings you joy, is absolutely take that leap. Fear of rejection or failure can get in the way sometimes, however, by putting yourself out there to follow your passion, you will give yourself the opportunity to achieve your career goals.

If you would like to hear more about my story, feel free to contact me at Charlottef@RIVARecruitment.com.au

Written by: Charlotte Foley

 

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Charlotte Foley

Charlotte Foley

With over four years of customer service experience, Charlotte Foley is determined and enthusiastic, with a passion for event planning, marketing, and communications.
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