Madeleine
Subject: English Literature and Italian
Student status: Home, Finalist
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I think when I initially started university I was quite set on having a journalism career. I'd done a little bit beforehand but I think coming to university and writing for the university newspaper and kind of realising more about the journalism industry, I have kind of realised that's not actually what I want to do; it's not really a career I think that would suit me.

So I had quite a rigid idea about what I wanted to do in the beginning but now I'm a bit more open to things.  I'm not sure exactly what I want to do but I'm not too worried about that.  I think in my first year, I knew, as soon as I wanted to finish university I wanted a good job but now I kind of realise that I'm not going to get my perfect job straightaway, and that's fine. I know I'll get something and I'll get to my dream career eventually, but it probably won't be in journalism. 

What was it as you were working and experiencing getting same experience in journalism, what was it that made you change your mind about journalism?

I think I didn't really, I think writing for the paper, I know I can write fairly good stories but it's the industry itself, I don't think I'm the kind of person that's kind of tough enough to kind of deal with that.  And also, really you have to start working for your local newspaper before you move up to the bigger national papers and I just really don't want to have to move back home and have to work for really low wages and to be struggling for quite a while before I get to the good jobs.  I think I'm not passionate about journalism enough to do that.  If it was something I really really wanted to do then I'd be prepared to work for not much money and things like that but now I know it's not my dream, then I'm not too worried about that.

How did you feel when you realised that this dream was slipping away? 

It was kind of, oh my goodness, what am I going to do now but I think with the degree I have, there's not like a strict career path, I can do what I want now.  So although I've got these millions of options I could do it is a bit daunting because I don't know exactly which way I am going to go but I'm quite relaxed about it, I think it will be fine eventually I'll find something I want to do.

So, how do you feel about that uncertainty?

It is a bit worrying but I think I've got to the stage now where I am quite confident, I know I will get a job, I don't exactly what that's going to be but that's kind of fine.  And again, I don't expect to have the same career forever, I just want to try a few different things, see what suits me and I'm just not going to worry if it doesn't work out straightaway, I'll get there eventually.