So here goes I guess. After much debate and persuasion I’m finally biting the bullet with this blog. It’s something that’s been on the cards for a while, but I’ve managed to put it on the long finger, until now! So a little introduction and insight in to how it all came about. I’ll keep it short (this should be good!). 2016 was set to be a big year. I had lots of plans, from traveling and moving abroad, to gaining experience in my field and securing my ideal job, having just graduated with a Masters degree in Sport & Business Management after returning to university in 2015. It wasn’t long before the job hunt was underway, and in August 2016 I was lucky enough to have secured a financial role with a highly respected Hedgefund Administration firm in the Big Smoke (that’s Dublin, for all my non-Irish followers all over the world that I’m sure I have heaps of already!!! :P). It was all going swimmingly… initially! But as the weeks and months went on my big plans started to drift further and further away as I succumbed to the 9-5 slog.
Fast forward 6 months, and there I was having been given a promotion to a fund accounting position along with an offer to sit my ACCA accountancy exams, all fully expensed. Okay so I was in my mid twenties, living and working in Dublin, enjoying my weekends, having been promoted, salary was grand, so yes, things definitely could’ve been worse! But it just wasn’t where my interest lay, nor was it ever meant to be long term, but more of a stepping stone while I searched for my ideal job. This was definitely not my ideal job and one that I would be just settling for, because I felt I should, because it would be the sensible thing to do. I was well aware it was a career that would eventually make me a very healthy salary and, to be honest, this factor definitely caused havoc during the decision-making process. But in saying that, it was probably the only pro that I could round-up as I sat in predicament. I swayed from doing the exams to not doing them, to doing them, to not… you get the picture, and although the potential salary almost convinced me, I knew my heart just wasn’t in it! So after almost 12 months, I finally grew a pair and handed in my notice! In fact, today marks exactly 6 weeks from the day I left my desk for the last time and finally started making headways with my plans.
Since then I’ve moved home to Donegal, secured a 1 year USA graduate visa (which I’ll get to another time!), booked my flights, and currently in the middle of completing an online digital marketing diploma. Finally, plans are in motion! I plan to make the move to the US in mid October. New York City is calling, and although I’ve visited and loved other cities across the US, to work and live in NYC has been on the bucketlist for as long as I can remember. I plan to work in marketing, with a focus on digital, as well as events, be it in a sporting capacity or not. Although my MSc programme did put an emphasis on marketing, I felt a course solely focused and dedicated to digital marketing could only further enhance my chances at finding work in that area.
And so back to this blog. To allow myself the best possible chance at succeeding in securing my ideal job in digital marketing in one of the most competitive cities in the world, I needed an online presence. Think of it as a portfolio of your work for your potential employer, a space for you to demonstrate and showcase your abilities, an online CV if you like. But in short, the blog plans to talk all things that interest me, food, fitness, travel as well as general lifestyle chats. As I said, it’s something I’ve been putting off for a while but considering all of the above, I figured I’d best just get on with it! And sure what better way to document the next 12 months stateside, while keeping friends and family updated on all my antics in the process!
Thanks for reading!