What does life look like, two years after graduating? I spoke to PR Account Executive and blogger Amy Mace about enjoying the working world, what blogging since 2011 has meant to her and any pearls of wisdom to share with this year's graduates.
What have you been up to since graduating? "I went on some fun holidays the summer after graduation, to make the most of all those weeks of freedom only University students get to enjoy! Then, started my job as Account Executive at digital PR agency, Crest Comms in September 2017. I've been there ever since! It's a lot of fun.
What advice would you give to someone graduating this year? "If you can, I'd recommend being proactive about seeking out opportunities for yourself. Unless you're very lucky, jobs won't land in your lap. The more jobs, internships or further study options you look at, the more you'll get a sense of what you're interested in and what you'll enjoy. And this doesn't have to mean obsessively looking at Indeed and trying to find your dream role whenever you get a spare minute. It can just be putting those feelers out there every once in a while to see what jobs are available and whether anything grabs your attention. I didn't get my job until June, which is relatively late in the game by some people's estimations. Also if you get any interviews - even if you're not sure about the role - go to them. A job interview is never a waste of time, even if it's horrible or you don't get the job. The more you go to, the better you'll get at answering those tricky questions and the more confident you'll feel."
Do you have any future plans? "My only plans are to just keep doing what I'm doing. Work is fun, and it feels good to have a bit of stability after all the ups and downs of University, not to mention some money! I'm excited to see what this year brings."
When did you set up your blog amymace.com and how has it grown?
"I set up a fashion blog in 2011, called totalfashionjunkie.com. I only changed the name to amymace.com last year, so hopefully I can use the domain in future to write about all kinds of things - not just fashion! The site grew the most when I was in sixth form. I was living at home so had loads of time, after school, in the holidays and at weekends to network at events and London Fashion Week."
Did you have any idea 'what you wanted to be when you grew up'? Was there a particular role or industry that appealed to you?
"I always wanted to write and work in the media, and was really interested in journalism, fashion journalism in particular, when I was at school. I'm now working in PR which is pretty close, and was something that I'd been introduced to more at University. I did an internship with a PR agency after our final deadlines and loved it, so thought this would be a great place to start a media-related career."
What kind of opportunities has the blog brought about?
"So many! I did loads of cool stuff with big brands like New Look, Footlocker and Missguided - I always loved the free stuff - and represented Matalan on This Morning once. It took off when I was about seventeen because teen bloggers were a rarity back then! Blogging was only just becoming a big thing and so the opportunities were endless. I'm pretty sure it's helped me get jobs and internships since. It's just another handy string to the bow."
What has having a blog all this time, through sixth form and University, meant to you?
"To be honest, it's been a really fun hobby, which fortuitously had great consequences in terms of opening doors, making contacts and having exciting experiences. I was never aiming to make it as a big time 'influencer' and doubt I ever will. I just love having a little sideline project where I can enjoy fashion and writing."