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 The Joys And Pains Of Changing Careers In Your Late Twenties

When I was 10-years-old, I wanted to be a journalist. I loved reading and writing stories, and showed plenty promise from early on. 

However, after a less-than-pleasant university experience and countless ‘portfolio building’ (aka unpaid) placements, I found myself in the worst position for an ambitious, mid twenty-something: goalless and hopeless. 

Cue my ‘Career Dress-up’ years – the confusing period following my 25th birthday where I frantically completed work placements in different professions, funded by a series of unfulfilling administration jobs.

It was while working at one of these jobs in 2015 that I stumbled across Internal Communications (IC), a profession similar to Public Relations (PR) which combined my degree and passion for writing. I had found my career calling.

And so in early 2016, aged 28, I embarked on a life-changing journey to break into IC. It’s been the best career choice I’ve made so far, despite some sizeable bumps in the road. Here are the biggest lessons I’ve learned so far…