I’m currently a postgraduate student, studying for a Master of Science (MSc) in Marketing Communications, with hopes of starting my own business or doing a PhD in business and marketing. A few years ago, that wouldn’t have even crossed my mind. I graduated with a 2.1 in journalism for my undergrad in 2017, and although there were parts that I enjoyed (the course itself), I wasn’t happy, and I wasn’t in a good place mentally.
After graduating, I had no idea what I wanted to do, and I feel as though a lot of people find themselves like this after graduating. “University opens doors”, but in reality, it doesn’t (for the majority anyway).
I applied for endless jobs and got nowhere. I wasn’t qualified enough, didn’t have enough experience or sometimes had too much experience. I managed to get an internship in the marketing department of the University of Huddersfield and I really enjoyed it. After the internship ended, I found myself back in the same unemployment loop. Applying for jobs, not hearing back, not getting an interview, etc. It was so disheartening. I freelanced for a bit, but I wasn’t myself. I’m usually a motivated, determined person but I was so down.
I looked at applying for a masters to expand my knowledge of a certain industry, as many interviewers told me I didn’t know much about the industry I wanted to work in: marketing.
I enrolled into Huddersfield again, and didn’t know what to expect. But so far, it was one of the best decisions I made, and here are 3 areas where it’s helped my mental health.
1) The people
I was apprehensive starting the course, as I had a few problems with some people in my undergrad and it was one of the reasons I started to dislike it so much towards the end, and I didn’t want to be in an awkward atmosphere for another year.
The people, however, have been amazing and I’ve made some close friends who are all different and quirky in their own way. It’s a great feeling going into a seminar and being able to joke, laugh, have a gossip, as well as getting on with your work. I’ll definitely miss it, but it’s been good for me as I’ve grown in confidence when talking to people I don’t know, and it’s helped me build friendships with new people.
As you know, I’m also the editor of this mag, and that was challenging for my mental health at first, but my team have been great. They’re all lovely people who I’ve been able to count on to help make this magazine grow.
2) The course
Marketing is definitely the industry for me. I’m actually really good at it (it’s taken me long enough to find something I’m good at!). In my first term, I got 80’s and 70’s in all of my assignments and I actually enjoyed writing them. Who enjoys writing assignments?
I find myself actually enjoying (some) lectures, and actually discussing topics with the lecturer which is something I didn’t really do at undergrad. My confidence has grown so much over the last few months, and I finally feel like myself again. It’s reassured me that I’ve chosen the right type of work, and that I should actually believe in myself.
It’s just made me happy, to be fair.
3) Ambition and hope
Over the last 6 months, I’ve taken over as editor for this magazine and lead a group of 30-40 students, flown to Australia by myself and met my family there (had an amazing time and it was so relaxing), got good grades in my assignments, and secured a part-time marketing assistant job. It’s been a bit hectic, but I’ve enjoyed it and it’s given me hope and ambition for the future.
Doing a PhD is a possibility, and so is starting my own business. It’s overwhelming to know that I’ll be leaving university again in a few months and going back out into ‘the real world’, but this time I’m prepared.