How I Started On My Dream Career Path With No Work Experience

drean career

It wasn’t too long ago that I was thinking about giving up photography and design. A degree from London College of Communication didn’t guarantee me a job in the industry, and often it’s not just about your work, it’s about knowing the right people – connections are a big must.

Needless to say, I think that the lack of opportunities were partly my fault, I feel that I didn’t really try my best during University. So I graduated last year without any work experience or a strong portfolio under my belt.

It was a struggle after to get work in the creative industry, I found myself constantly rejected, job after job. It made me question myself as a designer, thinking maybe my work wasn’t good enough – or maybe it was me, maybe I wasn’t good enough. Eventually I gave up applying for creative jobs and settled for retail just so that I could earn money and pay the bills.

But working in retail made me realise that I didn’t want to do this for the rest of my life. I wanted to do something I love, something that I’m passionate about.

And so I decided to give art another shot. A few months ago I landed an internship with a start-up company called Babytronic. There I was a production intern where I helped with social media posts and assisted in production.

As I was interning for Babytronic I was inspired enough to create new projects and work on my portfolio. But I was eager for more relevant experience. I love photography, and I definitely want to make a living out of it. Luckily, there’s Instagram.

While I was browsing, I came across Career Girl Daily’s Instagram account and I must say I was very impressed. I clicked on the link on their bio, and found that they were looking for a photography intern. And so here I am.

I am now in charge of product photography for Career Girl Daily. I am so thrilled to be working with such an extremely hard working, passionate set of young women, who exemplify the meaning of “work hard, play hard”. I look forward to being a part of and contributing to the success of this team!

Now more than ever I am sure that I will achieve my dream job one day, it’s just a matter of trying, and trying again. I’m not saying it’s going to be easy but I know it’s going to be worth it!

Feel free to check out my work and my Instagram account.

  • Amy

    Such an inspiring story! Thanks for sharing!

  • hannah

    What an amazing and inspiring story :) All the best x

  • Stefanie

    What an inspiring post! I see myself in your story, I really do! Just doing an internship at a little start-up company in social media ;) :D We should never stop believing in our dreams <3

    xx Stefanie

  • Ariadna

    That was a really inspiring post, I’m so happy you found a job you love!! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

  • Tiffany

    Very inspiring! There’s a lot of people out there struggling to land an awesome opportunity like that!


  • Stephanie

    Your journey is so inspiring Gen, I love the way you didn’t give up on your dream. Keep going girl!

  • Aireen

    Such an inspiring post! So proud of you sis! <3

  • Catherine Dream

    So BEAUTIFUL and inspiring!

  • Fola Lewis

    Stuck in a majorly depressing career rot and this post is a little motivation in the right direction; much need so thankyou!

  • Libby Maxwell

    Loved reading how stumbling across an Instagram you admired led to your current position. Life can be so random and exciting!

  • She’s Next

    Wow, congratulations, Regine! This is why taking chances always pays off in the end, well done and never stop doing what you want.

  • Lindsay L.

    Wow, That’s such an inspiring story Regina!

    I do know what you mean by knowing the “right people” when looking for work – that’s the sort of struggle I went through when I was Looking for work soon after graduating as an Architectural Designer smack-bang in the middle of the recession!

    Anyway, Huge Congrats on your dream job:) That’s so amazing, and quite encouraging:)


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