How to answer that dreaded question: What do you want to do when you finish school?
It seems that once you reach Year 10 and above, grandparents, uncles, aunties and even distant family friends are always asking you the same question: what do you want to do when you finish school?
While some of us have known the answer to this since we were born, I think it’s safe to say the majority of us have to answer with the dreaded “Er . . . I don’t know yet” response.
My solution to figuring out what you want to do? Work experience – and lots of it! When I started my Communications and Journalism degree at University, I still had no idea what kind of career I wanted.
Luckily I applied for work experience at a couple of magazines (I had always LOVED reading mags but had never really thought of them as a career option) and found my passion. After 10 months of interning I got my dream job – Editorial and Production Coordinator at DOLLY Magazine and I couldn’t have done it without work experience. So, how do you go about getting work experience?
• Don’t be afraid to approach your favourite magazine, clothing label or business. Most companies provide work experience and would be used to students contacting them. Track down their emails and phone numbers via their website – be proactive about it.
• Make sure you check your email/letter/CV for spelling and punctuation before you send it off – the more professional you come across, the more likely it is they’ll want to have you on board.
• Bring a positive attitude with you. Remember that even the editors of magazines had to do work experience at some stage - everyone has to start somewhere. So always have a smile on your face and be willing to help out with any task that is thrown your way – whether it be helping out on a fashion photo-shoot or sorting mail.
• If you get knocked back don’t give up, there are plenty of other mags/businesses you can ask for work experience. It’s the best way to figure out what you want to do when you leave school!