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It’s OK to change direction…

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Guess who’s back? (*shady’s back*, ok too far…) Bet you thought you’d seen the last of me? Yes that’s right, I graduated and it was amazing. But the postgrad life chose me and now I’m back here, writing on this little piece of the internet I like to call mine. So hello again!

Let me just start this post by telling you one vital thing about myself, I am the most indecisive person EVER. I’m a fence-sitter. I own the ‘I don’t know’ throne. Not that I’m proud of this or anything, but it is definitely something that annoys the majority of my friends (sorry guys).

Let’s put this into context, I’m Millie, 21, I have a 2:1 in BSc Geography… and now I’m studying an MSc postgraduate course in International Marketing.

(I can sense confused faces everywhere…)

I suspect that the majority of you reading this, consider yourself to be a solid decision maker, set out on a path in one distinct direction. You’re studying Medicine for example, hence you’ll become a doctor. But me? I’ve done a complete 180 and it makes no sense. I mean how on earth could Geography lead to Marketing?!

I loved my degree, but as a subject it was extremely broad and in all honesty it was always a ‘time-filler’ until I had even the slightest clue of what career I wanted to pursue. For me the switch was completely logical, it was something I had an interest in and after completing a marketing internship this Summer it was a no brainer really. Combine the internship, and a little push from my parents, I now find myself experiencing material that I’ve never studied before but thoroughly enjoying myself at the same time.

So what’s the moral of this short story you ask? If you’re applying for university, just remember that it’s ok to not have your entire life-plan set in stone. You can and should try new things, push yourself out of your comfort zone, and experience different subjects if you want to. I was lucky that an internship I loved triggered my interest in a career I would be more than happy to pursue in the future. So from my experience, a change in direction is certainly not a bad thing. Eventually a path will become clear, so don’t panic! It’s hard to know where you’ll end up when you’re 17/18, so go for it – Embrace the 180 if you can!

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