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

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!

By Regine Manoy

  1. 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

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

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

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


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

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

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

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

  8. 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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