I Quit Being An Elite Gymnast And Changed My Career Completely

 

Any change in life can be scary, we are always told ‘you’ll never know unless you try’. When it comes to career choices we know the stakes are high but I personally saw it as a new chapter in my life to learn new skills and to step out of my comfort zone.

I was an elite gymnast from the age of 5 up until I was 18. I was mentally and physically in a routine of waking up, training, school, training, sleep and repeat. I had to make sacrifices at a very young age, I couldn’t go out with friends most of the time as I had practice, I had to watch what I eating and I didn’t see my family as much as I would have liked. However, the peaks over-weighed the bad bits, the sense of achievement I felt when competing for my country and having a group of friends who became my family is something I will forever be grateful for.

When I turned 18 I knew I had to think about my future and applying for University was very scary. When I took a place to study Fashion Communication and Promotion I knew it was time to leave the sport and start a new chapter. I was very nervous about leaving gymnastics as it was my life and I knew nothing different.

However, coming to the end of my first year, I have made new friends, built my confidence up and learnt new life skills. I always loved fashion so my course has given me an insight into a world I never previously had time to look into. I now know I would love to work at fashion events, styling and even writing for magazines and blogs, I wouldn’t have known this if i didn’t jump into the unknown.

My advice to anyone who is thinking of a career change or any change for that matter is to think carefully what your plan is and never be afraid to carve a new path for yourself. Be confident and excited about a change, nothing comes from holding back and worrying!

Opening Photo: Tina Sizonova

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