My Career Journey So Far - Emma
I remember the moment my life changed.
When I went from a child to a young adult, from not knowing what I wanted to do, to knowing I had to do something.
That moment came whilst watching a documentary on the treatment of women in a warzone. I couldn’t tell you which country it was, or who was fighting who, but I remember the story of one woman, whose experiences hit me so hard I cried for hours, asking my mum how people could ever do such horrific things. She didn’t have an answer for me, and from that moment on I knew I wanted to do something to stop things like that happening.
When it came to deciding what I wanted to do at university I was stuck, nothing seemed to encompass what I wanted to do, and I didn’t know what kind of job or career would be right. I had studied law at A Level, and had enjoyed it and seemed to do well, so I started looking into that area.
After not finding something that felt right I decided I was going to take a year out and work out what I wanted to do, this also gave me the perfect excuse for a 3 month trip to Australia!
After seeing all my friends head off to university I knew it was something I wanted to do, I just needed to find the right course, and after searching through hundreds of options I stumbled upon a human rights degree at the University of Central Lancashire.
Reading the course information filled me with excitement. 'This is it,' I thought, 'finally I’ve found something that just feels right!'
And it was definitely right.
I spent 3 years writing, reading and talking about equality, human rights, the law surrounding it and women’s rights. I wrote my dissertation on sexual violence against women during conflict, finally almost 10 years after I cried watching a documentary I felt like I’d found the subject I was most passionate about.
Passion doesn’t get you a job though, and human rights isn’t the most varied career path. I didn’t want to be a lawyer, I didn’t have any experience in campaigning, nor did I want to work outside of the UK.
So instead of heading straight into the career I was passionate about I decided to find a job based on my skills and experience, and thanks to the blog I’d been running for a couple of years, that led me into social media and online content.
Since starting at what was then a small start-up company in the posh ends of Buckinghamshire, I have learnt so much. I’ve been promoted twice, and now after just over 2 years I am an Account Manager, working with global organisations and NGOs.
I’ve built relationships with clients, coached team members, learnt new skills, presented, managed global campaigns, worked events and conferences, and generally boosted my skills across social media, journalism, digital marketing, and account management.
Without my blog I wouldn’t have got this job.
Without my drive, my willingness to learn and to progress I wouldn’t have got the promotions.
And without the inspiration of a team of amazing women I work with on a daily basis I wouldn’t now have the ambition to succeed in a world where women are so often on the back foot.