Dear Diary… Getting Back Up Again

Ahh rejection. What a glorious feeling.

If you’ve been following my blog or have read any of my recent posts then you’ll know that I’ve been in London recently for two interviews for what was essentially a dream job. It involved blogging, events, digital marketing and communications and I really thought my interviews had gone well.

In fact, they did go well! I came second, losing out to a candidate that had three years of experience in those fields. As a graduate there is potentially nothing more soul destroying than losing to someone with experience. I understand experience gives the company that sense of reassurance but when you’re on the other side of a rejection simply due to your age it can be pretty crushing. I have never let a lack of experience daunt me, because let’s face it. 90% of people probably had no idea what they were doing when they first start a job, no matter how much previous experience they have had. Every job will require slightly different skills, use different platforms and have a totally different working environment. So even 50 years of experience wouldn’t necessarily prepare you for that first day.

Now I don’t want to come across as bitter, because I am most definitely not! It’s still a dream company to work for and I’m going to keep pursuing jobs with them, so take this more as a lamentation for how frustrating it can be as a graduate fighting for that first big break. If you read my post on hunting for a job in London you’ll know just how overwhelming it can be, with so many opportunities simultaneously feeling like nothing being available.

However, in this moment of defeat (albeit a small moment of defeat) I am more determined than ever to grab a break and get the London city life I’ve been dreaming of. Whilst it throws our plans of moving into a flat into complete disarray, I guess I will just be even more prepared when the time does come. As a true millennial, I live my life by a great series of inspirational quotes.

What’s for you won’t come past you.

If it’s meant to be, it will be.

As one door closes another one opens.

So here I am checking in, down but definitely not out! I guess if it was easy there would be no sense of achievement and that is my whole motivation for moving to London in the first place.

Barbican conservatory

14 thoughts on “Dear Diary… Getting Back Up Again

  1. I’m sorry to hear you you didn’t get the jobs. 😦 I know how disheartening it can be, but I’m glad to see you’re not letting it set you back. Keep pushing and you’ll get there. 🙂

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  2. Sorry to hear you didn’t get the job. Everything happens for a reason and I know something bigger and better is waiting for you. I don’t know how it is looking for a job in London since I live in the US, but I know how hard it is to find a job in general with little to no experience. I even wrote about it. Greater things are coming ♥

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  3. I’m sorry you’ve been having a tough time with finding a job, but well done for picking yourself back up. As a millennial, I agree with your quotes and I’m sure you’ll find the right job for you. Good-luck with the search👍🏾

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  4. I am sorry to hear that you did not get the jobs. I am in a similar position where there are more jobs for those with experience than new graduates and it is so frustrating as there is little that can be done about it. Keep persisting and explore London whilst you have the free time! Let me know if you need any suggestions of things to do. xx

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  5. I`m sorry you didn`t get the job, but it`s good to hear you`re not letting that get you down. To be honest, a lot of my friends didn`t get their first job in the field they studied for. Now most of them have their dream jobs, so what I`m trying to say it`s keep persisting. Sooner or later it will happen.

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