Wednesday, 6 June 2018


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Recently people have been sharing their career journeys, sparked off by this tweet. I've been loving seeing other people's career progression, and thought it would be a good idea to share my own!

Although I'm not yet where I want to be in terms of my career, I am definitely on track, no matter how many career detours I've taken thus far! I truly believe you learn something from every role you take, and the skills and experiences you get from odd jobs will build up and serve you in your future projects.

So whether you're looking for some career inspo or are just a little curious (that's allowed!) here's my career path so far...

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You've Gotta Start Somewhere

BA in Communication Studies | 2011-2014
First up, I studied Communication Studies in Dublin City University - in fact, I initially created this blog to document what I was learning on the course! At the beginning I had this vague notion that I'd like to work as an Art Director for an advertising agency, mostly born from how the role was portrayed in films and TV, if I'm honest. Instead, I fell in love with my Photography & Imaging module and started to consider photography as a potential career.

MA in Management (Digital Marketing) | 2014-2015
Nearing the end of my BA, I was on the hunt for a graduate job. I didn't get very far, but that turned out to be the best thing for me, as I was accepted on a marketing masters at DCU that I loved. Here I gained employable skills and worked on practical marketing projects.

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Working 9-to-5

Content Coordinator at Web Summit | 2015-2016
My first "proper" job was with the tech conference company Web Summit. In this role I worked on creating marketing content like blog posts, social media posts, and sales materials. I loved being based in Dublin but my favourite part of the role was getting to travel internationally - to places like Hong Kong and Madrid - to work on the conferences as they happened. This woke up the globetrotter in me, and before I knew it I was making the leap to New York.

Marketing at Hebe Rose + Photographer's Assistant to Joseph Chen + Freelance Photographer | 2017
I moved over to New York on the graduate visa, and here all my passions combined as I worked in a number of marketing and photography roles. Honestly, I needed to do a bit of everything just scrape together rent every month and I was stressed out because of it. That said, I wouldn't change a thing, as it meant I could build my photography portfolio while still working in marketing.

Gallery Assistant at Alarcón Criado | 2018
When I arrived back in Ireland after New York, I wasn't sure where I'd end up next, but I was sure an opportunity would arise. Luckily it did, in the form of Erasmus+. Long story short, I moved to Seville for 3 months and worked in a contemporary art gallery called Alarcón Criado. Perhaps not the most obvious role for me, but I got a glimpse into the art world, and got to work in a Spanish speaking country. ¡Qué guay!

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Now what?

Digital Communications Assistant at the Nerve Centre
I've got a new job! Thrilled to say that I'll be starting at the Nerve Centre - a nonprofit cultural centre in Derry - on the Comms team very soon! I can't wait to get started!

And beyond...
Of course, I will still be doing photography in every spare second I get. Plus I have another project that I'm working on that I won't share yet in case it doesn't work out, but you won't be able to shut me up about it when the time comes!

It's a work in progress, but I'm happy with how my career is coming along. What about you? What do you do, and how did you get there? Let me know in the comments!

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