The real answer to this is, I personally have no idea.
Since I graduated in 2016 I have been applying for jobs. I have looked at everything in Blogging, Content Writing, Broadcast Journalism, Magazine Journalism, Journalism, PR and Marketing.
And I have 0 luck. Well, that is not entirely true, I have had interviews in the past (not so much now) and I feel like the interviews go well and I feel like I have a positive response with the employer. But then I get the dreaded email rejecting my application or saying sorry I am unlucky this time around.
When I ask for feedback, I am lucky to get it as most companies don’t have the time to respond. In terms of the feedback, it is all positive- they all say that I was perfect, my interview was strong and my portfolio was strong it was just someone else was a touch better than you.
I wish I knew what they have that I don’t as it is so disheartening. They could pick up on the fact I don’t drive (YET) but that has never been the issue. Sometimes it has been about my work experience, I either have too much or not enough. This puzzles me, how can I have too much?
I am just going to make a list here of all the experience that I have done over the years to show you what I have done.
Journalism/ Marketing Experience 2015-2018
Marketing Cheshire October- December 2017
Venue Cymru 16th-19th May 2017
Northern Stage at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe July-August 2014
ITV Tyne Tees 28th- 30th April 2016
Liverpool Echo and Southport Visiter 12th-17th September 2016
Leicester Mercury 10th-15th October 2016
Hexham Courant in June 2015
Johnston Press North East June 2015-July 2015
Hexham Courant in October 2011
Writing Experience 2013-2018
Festival Blogger for Live Theatre Live Lab Elevator February 2017
Culture Editor Kettle Magazine Jan 2016-September 2016
Theatre Correspondent Kettle Magazine July 2015-Jan 2016
Writer for Engage Magazine April 2014–November 2014
Writer for Career Camel June 2014- November 2015
Writer for Shutter Magazine July 2014- November 2014
Writer for Eat More Cake July 2014- March 2015
Head Writer of NEMS March 2014- November 2014
Writer for Kettle Magazine Jan 2014- July 2015
Writer for NE:MM Jan 2014- October 2014
Reported for Student Review Magazine January 2012 – 2014
Reporter for Spark Sunderland September 2013- May 2016
Writer for Fashion North September 2013- May 2016
Reporter for SR News September 2013-May 2016
Reviewing Experience 2011-2018
Vulture Hound Magazine April 2014– November 2015
The Review Hub March 2014-Jan 2016
FATEA Magazine 2013- October 2015
Northern Lights September 2013- May 2016
Selected for the “Evening Chronicle” Young Reviewers Competition 2012/13, 18th April 2012 to April 2014
Juice Festival Press Gang (in conjunction with New Writing north) 6th June 2012 – March 2015
North East reviewer for The Good Review 6th June 2012- March 2015
Voluntary Experience 2013-2018
Young Reviewer Ambassador for Oddsocks Young Reviewer Scheme May 2017
Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums Volunteer for History Pin March 2017- April 2017
Front Of House / Marketing Team, Voluntary Role with Northern Stage at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 27th July-24th August 2014.
BBC Radio Newcastle- Regional Audience Panel Member 2013-October 2016
Runner @ BBC Look North Children In Need Event 2013 at Hexham
BBC The Great North Passion Event 2013 at South Shields- Worked with BBC Radio Newcastle and Spark FM interviewing the public and creating vox pops
I understand that when I apply for marketing roles I don’t have enough but everything else simply puzzles me. And I am trying to get more experience in Marketing but that is becoming more of a struggle now too.
I really don’t know where I should go from here or what I should do now?
I am starting to doubt myself and think of giving up the world of media and totally changing tack, but even if I do- where do I go? Do I stick in retail? Move to an office job? Pursue something within the arts?
I really don’t know, I am a total loss as to how and why I still only work part-time and do not have a full-time job in my desired industry when I have worked so hard for it.