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Life update: a new career path and why i’ve chosen to temp

Hi, howdy, welcome. I filmed this whole chat for instagram stories and then decided it would be better off as a blog post. So that’s great. But basically, i don’t think many people will know what’s going on now unless you’ve messaged me or we’re pals and i’ve told you.

Side note: i will literally tell anyone anything if they message me to ask. I’m an over-sharer, i live to over-share, so don’t feel like you’re prying if you wanna message me and ask what the sitch is.

If you didn’t know, a month ago (almost to the day) i was “let go” from my job. My mum told me to say that instead of “fired” because fired is a very harsh word and i shouldn’t be so hard on myself, so that’s what we’re going with. I figured it was time for a little life update post!

I’ve made some fairly large decisions recently about my life, my job and just what i want to do for the next half a year. Decisions i actually feel good about, which is rare for me! I just want everyone to know that i feel good about this, so don’t worry about me.

I have officially decided, at the moment anyway, that i no longer want a career in marketing. The experience that i had in my last workplace was so negative that it has put me off marketing altogether. I’m aware they’re spying on my instagram so report back on this, little monkey spies.

They were SO obsessively focused on the number of followers that they had, it was all they cared about. I think for most marketers, we know it comes down to engagement and that’s the number that really matters. They wanted the impossible – they wanted crazy growth in about 2 months.

Social media ultimately comes down to luck. There are things you can do to help gain followers, but it’s especially difficult for a business and going viral comes down to good timing and luck. Something i don’t think a lot of business owners understand.

The whole experience impacted me so negatively. I used to cry in the bathroom multiple times a day because i knew they were asking for the impossible and i knew i was going to be told to leave pretty soon.

They also didn’t try to hide it – they removed me from all their social media accounts 3 hours before they told me to go home. File that under ‘how not to run a business’. I don’t think i’ll ever not be mad about that, tbh.

I actually spoke to someone else who used to work there and they told me their experience was much the same. They were made to feel shit at their job, and they said you can’t let them put you off doing that as a career if you want to.

Unfortunately, it has put me off and i don’t ever want to be in that environment again. I feel nothing but anger when i think about that place and the people there, for how shit they treated me.

So, i’m in need of a new career path. And i’m in absolutely no rush to find it. I don’t really know what i like right now, so my plan is to try as many industries as i can to narrow down my search. And how am i gonna do that, you ask? I’m going to temp for a while.

Temping is basically temporary work. I’ve signed with an agency who arrange temporary receptionist and admin work, and i’m going to do placements with them for the next little while. 

I think some people i’ve told feel like temping is a huge step back. Like, i had a career laid out and i was good to keep going and work my way up there. But i was applying for marketing and communications jobs and was secretly hoping i wouldn’t get it, because i knew i didn’t want to be in marketing anymore.

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I feel really good about my decision to temp. I don’t see it as a step back – i see it as a necessary process to help me figure out what i want to do with my life. I’m mainly motivated by money, anyway, and i just want an easy job that i can leave at the door at 5pm.

I’ll get to try out a number of different industries and will get valuable admin and reception experience. My ultimate plan, once i work out the industry, is to go in from the bottom, as admin or reception, and work my way up. Heck, i might want to stay as a receptionist and that’s okay.

I don’t base my success off my job. I know some people do, and that’s totally fine, but i’ve never been very career driven. I have a job because i know i need one to pay for the things i’d like to do. I base my success off my happiness, and my quality of life outside of work.

So, if anyone is wondering, i’m happy. I’m a little worried about money, which is natural, but overall, i feel good about the decisions i’ve made and the way i’ve handled things. Unemployment is like a right of passage in life, and it’s how you deal with it that’s the most important.

Thank you to everyone who has messaged me over the past month, whether you’re offering advice or asking how i’m doing, i appreciate every single message. You are all angels and i cannot thank you enough for being there for me. It’s made such a difference.

If you want to pop along and have a chinwag about life, or literally anything, feel free to message me on any of these platforms. Except Pinterest because i still dk how that works at all. Otherwise, fire away, and i will share too much about my life with you!

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  • Temping is definitely NOT a step back, we recently just had a temp at work and he’d just finished a law degree but he said that he needed a break and something fresh before he made his next big move. It’s definitely a nice little thing to do, so take it easy on yourself!

  • I have to be careful what I say because I know that my old employers and clients stalk me fairly obsessively but I 100% agree, relate and support you. I told my former employer (a marketing and advertising agency) that I was unhappy as a social media manager, and that I wanted to leave to return to a content specialism, which is what I’ve done now. I also got made redundant from a different marketing job last year which fucked my confidence – all because they had such unrealistic expectations.

    So much of marketing is a crapshoot where you can do everything right and still not get the results people want, and it’s so demoralising. I’m back in content and SEO now, which is my jam anyway, and I still get a bit twitchy if they ask me to tag in on a social media project. I’m much more assertive now with saying “the right way to do it it x, the best possible outcome is y, but the most LIKELY outcome is z. The worst case scenario is w.” That way they know I’ve anticipated it, and their expectations are managed – but some people will still just hear what they want to hear.

    I hope

  • Sorry to hear you had such a shit time! I’m so glad you’re finally happier though and that you can take your time looking for something you really want! Xx

  • such a shame your job was so awful! i can’t believe how they treated you! i think you have to done the right decision in putting your happiness first and not rushing to any decisions yet! i have recently got myself an admin job just to keep me a float for a while and i am so happy at the moment too!

    tabitha ★

  • Hey! So sorry to hear about your last job babe – that’s really shitty what they did to you and I am not surprised you don’t want to work in marketing again! I hve had my fair share of bad bosses and believe you me when you find one that actually listens to and appreciates you it is the most amazing feeling! The job I am doing now may be completely different to where I was before but I don’t let that get to me or stop me from living my life!! 😎😊 Temping sounds perfect for you atm & I hope you find something you love doing whilst you’re out there. If not, well not to be! Just enjoy the experience. Life is for living after all!! 😊💕 Enjoy it all! Xo

  • That job sounds like a horrible experience and I’m sorry you had to go through it! I’d definitely recommend temping though, I struggled to get a job after I left uni (ironically I was doing marketing) as I had no experience but temping gave me skills and gave me so much more confidence as I’m really shy but having to just walk into new places at a drop of a hat changed that in me (that being said, I’ve now worked in my current company for nearly 15 years so not sure the confidence bit would still apply if I had to do it again). It’s also definitely a good way to work out what kind of environments you like and what you don’t (I loved the jobs I did in unis, did not enjoy the law firm or recruitment company) and the only sad thing I found was if you actually really enjoyed a job but it was only going to be short term… and to be honest maybe I only liked those particular roles for that exact reason! I hope you find what you’re looking for!

  • I know this feeling entirely. I left my marketing agency job in December because our main client was obsessed with numbers and I wasn’t reaching them. They wanted crazy growth but weren’t prepared to pay us any extra money to achieve this. Every idea I had was shot down by the inexperienced client. I made two spelling mistakes on their social media account over 6 months and they went over the top. It just felt like anything I did was never going to be good enough. I also felt like I wasn’t being stretched enough (I applied to be a digital marketing assistant and ended up just doing social media for 99% of the time) yet they hired me because of my writing skills. I also heard rumours they were losing clients so I left before I got pushed basically (also because it was an office full of sexist, racist men but that’s another story!).

    Since then, I’ve been freelancing but it’s been really difficult to get clients. I was going to get my old Post Office job back to have some income but that manager gave it to someone else. I’m thinking about going back to some form of employment purely for the money. I enjoy freelance writing but the money just isn’t there yet.

    Apologies for the brain dump, I just had to get it off my chest and say you’re not alone. Any time you want to chat, let me know!

  • Oh I’m so sorry your previous job treated you so badly, that sounds horrendous and honestly they let go someone amazing! I think doing temp work is such a good idea, I think thats something I’d do to figure out my career path and actually that kinda is what I’m doing. I’m currently working in a nursery but I’m not sure thats exactly what I want to be doing!

    Lucy | Forever September

  • Business owners haven’t got a clue when it comes to instagram, I’m a marketing manager in interiors, last year I saw a huge growth in followers and engagement. This year it has slumped due to IG and there pesky ways, my boss is on my case daily about followers not understanding it is beyond my power!

    You can get advice from everyone regarding your career but ultimately only you know what will make you happy, sometimes being in limbo for a while helps you work it all out

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