1 year, 365 opportunities.

Okay, maybe not 365 opportunities but, put bluntly, a year is a long time.

Especially for me, a Londoner turned commitment-phobe, who decided it’d be a great idea to ditch the northern line for the south coast. But, also, it’s gone in the blink of an eye.

1 year in, I am doing okay, I think. I have my own flat, above my favourite bar, but that’s not my biggest achievement. At least, I don’t think so. Whilst once, something like that would be seen as a huge achievement to me; it just sort of happened. I’m pleased with my progress, both at work and at University – finishing with a 2:1 in my first year.

But, ‘What do you actually do?’, I hear you, this loyal readership ask.

Well, the beauty of the Workplace Degree Programme is that the answer to that question is by no means clearly defined. A bit of copy writing, some social media stuff, liaising with the team on email sends, eCommerce Project Work, client facing work and more.

It’s funny isn’t it? I could go into detail about what I have been doing this past year or so but, what is deeply interesting for me, would no doubt be the definition of boring for you.

Instead, I put to you this. Those projects and tasks listed above go further – they act as opportunities. Opportunities to learn, develop, grow and fail. After all, to fail is in turn to learn, develop & grow. The beauty of working for a company which isn’t ridiculously large is that these opportunities have come about, and I have been thrown into the deep end on several occasions. With the support of my colleagues in a company of this size and nature; I have been able to fail and it is through this failure that I have sought personal growth and development.

Overall, I’m doing okay. By no means will I be a top dog once I’m finished here, nor will I be the tea boy. I have had a fantastic year, meeting great people along the way and doing some cool stuff. None of that would have happened if it wasn’t for the choice I made. 

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