My Career Goals


If I have learnt anything over the last five months, particularly when it comes to my career, it's that sometimes taking a step back and really evaluating where you're at is incredibly precedent. I have always been a list maker and naturally a goal setter, but often find discussing my career and where I plan on being say; five years from now... difficult. Part of me thinks that this stems from being a twenty-one year old woman, who is really only beginning to figure things out.

For the longest time I felt like I was struggling with my identity. My friends had chosen their pathways and headed off to university, whilst I stayed at home and jumped right into part-time employment. It's hard to digest that a mere four years ago, I sat down with my parents at our rickety dining room table and declared that I wanted to be an Intensive Care Nurse, because that's what I was fervent about at that time and something that my mum had instilled in me from childhood. Being a nurse was her dream and essentially... I wanted to live it for her.

As Kylie Jenner once stated; this is 'the year of realizing stuff'. Taking a break from content creation was the best thing I ever did. It was during this break that I realized I wanted to be a writer/photographer. I had studied Journalism as a GCSE and was always quite keen to photograph local events and family shindigs when I could, so in a way... it felt like destiny. If I could combine two of my biggest hobbies and make them my career, a career I could potentially see myself in for a long time, then it's imperative that I not only set but talk about -

My Career Goals 

1. Go Freelance / Self-Employed -
Going freelance slash self-employed; is fundamentally one of my biggest career goals. It's something that I have talked about for many years, because I love this concept of being your own boss, being able to work your own designated hours, being in a position that allows creativity and generally just the ability to have freedom. Over the last month, I have attended several business meetings, enlisted in a business adviser who assisted in the creation of my business plan and created relevant social media channels such as Facebook and Instagram to get my photography business off the ground - in-fact I recently delved into my first paid photo-shoot.

I think the next step for me is to really drive my small, part-time business venture into one that is sustainable - although I can imagine this will be a gradual process and may take several years, I feel blessed that I am finally on the right path.

2. Find A Balance / Be Content -
Often I get this exasperated sense of; spreading myself too thin. I really enjoy blogging and I love photography, but I'm also in part-time employment. So for me there's this continuous battle of trying to find a balance and trying to be content in my decision. I want to be able to put the time and effort required into creating content and producing images without watering them down or making them too repetitive. I need to have a better understanding of what really works for me and how I can fit my interests and my aspirations, around my day job.

Eventually I would like to leave part-time employment and be my own boss, but again this will be a gradual process - so it's all about finding a happy medium between the two for now.

3. Just Own It - 
In a way I feel like this will really tie the post together, but I want to learn to just own it. There's absolutely nothing wrong with sticking to your guns, sticking to what you know and what you enjoy, but there's certainly something to be said for staying in your own lane, without feeling like you need to replicate everyone else, or be on the same page as everyone else. When I look at other bloggers and photographers, I think they have it all; they do what they love, often get paid for it and then share it online and by god it comes so naturally to some of them. But I think I need to remind myself that; I shouldn't compare my journey to everyone else's. Our lives are so unique and so different that we shouldn't feel the need to put a time constraint on every aspiration we have, whether that's going self-employed or settling down.

From here on out, I'm going to be all about pushing the boundaries and simply doing what I do best - writing and taking photographs.

What are your career goals? Have I inspired you to jot down some of your own?

8 comments

  1. Although I still have two years of university left, eventually I want to become freelance as well so we definitely have similar career goals. Best of luck with pushing that photography business gal and well done for your first shoot!

    Lucy | Forever September

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    1. That's amazing Lucy! I'm so glad that we can relate when it comes to our career goals and thank you so much, that means a lot. It's really hard to break into the industry and get seen/heard at the beginning, but I'm hoping clients will come with time and persistence. x

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  2. You should definitely pluck up the courage and go freelance when you can. Your writing is fantastic.

    I'm a big list writer too! I love the feeling of crossing them off. I sometimes write already done tasks just so I can cross them off haha.

    I really have no idea about my career goals, I'm just taking each day as it comes right now! :-)

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    1. I would absolutely love to go freelance, but I think confidence is a big issue for me and that's why I haven't been pushing quite as hard as I could be, but thank you so so much! I'm also guilty of writing things I've already done down, I just love that feeling of ticking things off, and right you are! Sometimes it's better to just go with the flow x

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  3. These sound like great career goals and sounds like your on your way there already!

    Kay xx
    www.mummywho.com

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    1. Thank you Kay! It's a slow process, but I'm getting there x

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  4. You go girl! I really hope your photography picks up, you are amazing and deserve to do well :)

    Big love Becca

    Emma - www.lifeofemmax.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much Emma! You're the best x

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