10 whole years!

Photograph by Brooke Lark

I read a fair few blogs, and it seems people go BIG when it comes to their blog ‘birthdays’ celebrating 1 year, 2 years etc. I’ve only seen a handful make it to the 5-year mark.

Well, ladies and gents – taking inspiration from the traditional blogging community today marks a BIG BIG DATE!

12th August 2007 – 1o years ago to the day – that is when I first started blogging!

Yep, that’s right I’ve been doing this shit for a whole decade!

Aged 14 a much younger, but not much smaller, Caitlin started BlogByKobrak.

14-year-old me with my Opa

At the time not enough people were talking about the hardships of Secondary School and obviously, I felt there was a gap in the market!

That blog followed me through my GCSE, ALevels and setting off to University. I shared school trips, family holidays, the process, struggles and pressure of figuring out your life at 16/17 – you might try to call it a ‘lifestyle blog’ although the more honest description would have been ‘teenage diary’.

I wrote on BBK on and off for 5 solid years before I jumped ship and moved permanently across to  ‘I’m a Damn Student, What Do I Know?’ 19-year-old Caitlin was far more concerned about getting a job within the Events Industry!

And look at where that journey has taken us now!

So yes, today we celebrate Ten whole years. Damn!

Photography by Martin James 


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The number 1 thing to know about job hunting as an Events Graduate

Photograph by Ian Schneider

The pressure when you graduate is all about landing the first job.

Obviously, it has to be your dream job – the perfect one that you love and all your friends secretly want! It isn’t allowed to be anything other than the BEST job – plus, you have to be quick about it. No waiting around and spending time looking for the first few months.

Right?

NOPE – it’s all a lie.

I’ve friends who got a job right out of uni and are still there, others who’ve started new jobs every year since leaving uni. I’ve friends who found, on paper, the perfect job but left after 6 months. I’ve friends who went travelling for over 12 months and still found great jobs. Some, it took a while to find something and they went back to retail work before they getting a role in events. It took me 6 months and even then it wasn’t an official job but a freelance role. Some just went straight into freelancing and others are still working out what they want to do when they are older!

Thing is, that pressure to be quick on the job hunt it’s coming from you, no-one else!

Sure people like to *really* ask what you’re going to do now that you’ve graduated – but mostly it’s because they’re nosey.

If you’re happy, able to pay your bills, feel comfortable and have a semi-plan in mind – don’t worry.

When I left uni and moved home I set a goal of 6 months. By November 2014 I wanted to be in an events job. I decided to take a break before I went head first into applying for jobs, so I went travelling for a few weeks. I then took on a nannying job to earn some cash, because as my Dad has always said – he is not a cashpoint! And I did some volunteering/freelance event work alongside it all.

The 6-month goal was personal. My graduation was in November and I really didn’t want to be the only one of my friends (and class) not in an events job.

How I first started working at GPJ was not the ‘perfect’ scenario – in fact, it was originally just 3 weeks of admin work to help Sales and Marketing. That was then extended and they offered a freelance administrative position within Strategy and Planning. I freelanced at GPJ for just over a year before I was offered the job as Junior Strategist last January.

There is no perfect way to land an events job. The internet will try to tell you there is. People will try to tell you there is. But it isn’t true.

There is also no right way to go about looking or finding a job.

There is no set time in which you need to land an events job to have a successful career.

So fresh graduate, take a little pressure off yourself. You’ve finished university – that in itself is an impressive feat!


You can read my personal Graduate journey below;

June 2014//August 2014//September 2014//November 2014//March 2015

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Who made you an expert?

Photograph by Wesson Wang

 

Recently I watched an online webinar about Social Influencers that’s title implied I would walk away with 6 strategies for Higher-Return Content Marketing!

I was sold.

The person holding the webinar was a CEO of a company, an author of a course in Content Marketing and has written best-selling books in this specific area. Great someone with experience and knowledge.

Well, it was a waste of time.

Firstly, they read directly of the slide that we could all see. Word for word.

Secondly, they didn’t add any of their personal experience. Nada to show how the ideas might work in practice.

and finally, everything they said was common practice that most of us do on social media already. Plus it is all written in 1000’s of free articles online.

If you’re an expert I’m expecting to learn something new. Maybe the steps are the same as in all the thousands of blog posts already out there on the subject. BUT then give me the personal experience. Give context and understanding.

Don’t try and sell simple social media tips as strategies for connecting with influencers!

Am I an expert in Snapchat because I use it every day? If that all it takes then I could be an ‘expert’ in so many areas; Commuting via trains, Netflix, Podcasts, Spotify.

Does the fact I use my Fjallraven Kanken backpack every day (and own 4 different designs) mean I can talk about the backpack industry as an expert?

The answer is no.

To be an expert you have to provide new thinking, new ideas. Be a challenger. Be at the front of the line trying new things.

What do you think? 

 

This was first published on Medium as a Series post.

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