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!