How Blogging Helped Me Land My Next Career

Blogging can help when changing industries
Blogging can help when changing industries

When you begin blogging, you have a very important decision to make: How open will I be about my personal and professional lives on this very public forum? 

This decision was one I made as I went along; every change I went through I decided how much or how little I wanted to share with all of you. I'd like to think I've been as transparent as it is advisable to be, so many of you have followed along the awkward post-college journey and witnessed some pretty massive changes in just two short years.

For those who are new, allow me to recap: I graduated college, got my first job as a high school English teacher, moved three hours away, felt extremely homesick and depressed, survived my first year of teaching with a smile by the end, made the very difficult decision to break up with my boyfriend of 4.5 years, lived in a hotel for a week because my apartment wasn't ready, very quickly resigned from my job, battled the most difficult time of my life, experienced a stint in retail, moved back home, and . . . waited.

Every twenty-something goes through some set of ups and downs; even though we ALL think we'll be the exception (myself included), nobody escapes some sort of difficulty. It's all just part of the madness we call life. Despite the fact that we all go through something, sometimes it's really, really hard. And it's no one's place to judge what is considered "more difficult" than something else. We all have our own battles to fight. 

Own Battles to Fight
Own Battles to Fight

Mine just happened to be the decision to pursue an entirely new career. I left my former position for a variety of reasons; while I won't be sharing them on this platform, I would be more than happy to talk one-on-one about this experience with anyone who needs someone to discuss those scary, almost taboo thoughts about transitions, whether these decisions were yours to make or not. Sometimes life unexpectedly decides to thrust you in a new direction, despite your fingernails clutching desperately at the world you've known. I've shared snapshots of what this has meant for me on the blog and it has prompted several individuals to start a dialogue with me; I'm blessed to say I consider all of these women great friends of mine as a result.

There are still days when I think of the life that would-have-been, days when I long for certain aspects of my former career--my former life. My entire vision for my future was suddenly uprooted and tossed far away where I could no longer cultivate it and watch it grow. Instead, I had to build a new foundation upon which to direct my life and my future.

A large part of the foundation was and is this. My blog. The Modern Austen. Blogging and everything that goes into it--the DIY projects, the writing, the photography, the graphic design, the fashion, the friendships--stuck with me through everything. I could always count on it to be my rock no matter if I was sad, lonely, bored, or even angry. It provided me with enough of a challenge that I almost always felt inspired, motivated, and encouraged to move forward. Blogging gave me a voice, taught me a ton of technical skills, introduced me to the world of business, allowed me to exercise my creativity, and gave me plentiful opportunities to collaborate and work with individuals, businesses, and brands. Two years ago, I never even imagined that blogging would be more than just a fun way to express myself; now I see that I was teaching myself so many more skills that I never would have had otherwise.

When it came time to decide if I wanted to continue to pursue education or move into a new direction professionally, I really struggled. I had never considered anything outside of teaching before, not even once. Everything I had done up to that point was geared toward working with kids or educational skills. I had to take a step back and really consider the things I really love to do and the things I am passionate about. Things like writing, collaborating, designing, leadership, teaching, presenting, organizing, and, most of all, creating came to mind. I also thought back through to my experiences in college as the President and VP of Membership for Kappa Delta and how much I thrived in that atmosphere--how much I adored recruitment and helping my sisters achieve new goals. So slowly, I gathered job titles in the field of digital marketing in the hopes that I could combine all of these things into a career.

After eight months of hustling, networking, soul-searching, and pushing myself way out of my comfort zone, I'm thrilled to announce that I got a new job! I'm working as a Marketing Consultant for a fantastic start-up that provides ready-to-use and easily editable marketing via email and social media for indie retailers and other small businesses. While I never imagined myself as a consultant, it makes complete sense now; this role truly does take all of my passions and interests and welds them into one. It's a great fit for me right now and a great place to start. I'm truly blessed.

How Blogging Helped Me Land My Next Career

Besides showing me that I have a whole other set of interests and skills, blogging was critical in securing this position. More often than not, blogs are an extremely valuable tool in the job search and hiring processes because they demonstrate a candidate's writing skills, business aptitude, time management skills, organization, passion, interests, strengths, and understanding of marketing. When switching industries completely, it is important to participate in experiences that link the two careers. While blogging isn't for everyone (and not all blogs should be shared with employers!), it is certainly an option to help make that transition.  You can also join new networking groups, volunteer, contact all of your connections, and say yes to any and every opportunity--all of which I did, even when it felt like I was going nowhere. Stick with it. You never know who or what is going to make the difference.

Congratulations if you made it through this very long-winded post. I just wanted to an extend a thank you to the many supporters and friends who have been my strength and source of hope through it all. I promise I'll go a few posts without boosting blogging's ego any further ;)

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