“What are you going to do with your life?”

Previously whenever I would arrive onto campus at Sussex University, I’d be armed with half a dozen library books, have my head swimming with essay questions, and be preparing for a eight-hour shift in the library. But today – armed with only myself and a coffee – I was preparing for my first day as part of the Catalyst Team.

Arriving at Sussex campus once again

Explaining to people what my role in the Catalyst Team would consist of was difficult. Questions ranged from “so, you’re getting employed by Sussex Uni?”, to “why are you working with businesses when you studied a Literature degree?”, and everything in between. There are multiple times throughout my degree that I questioned my own intentions as a graduate, but having worked in PR during an internship (and later on a freelance basis), I was keen to improve my skills in this field. But I also wanted to gain experience in other areas, in order to form a more rounded response to the golden question: “What are you going to do with your life?”. I was at a marketing meeting at E-Spark (an office space occupied by start-up businesses) when I bumped into Ben, a member of the Catalyst Team who had been working there for some time. He explained to me a bit more about the scheme, and gave me an email address to apply to. At this point, it became clear that the Catalyst Scheme seemed like the perfect opportunity for me. As well as getting the chance to work with a range of businesses – thus furthering my knowledge - I’d be able to gain valuable skills and work in an environment alongside other people at the same level as me. I would also get to understand how small and start-up businesses run – something that I would like to understand as I would one day like to run my own PR agency. I applied, went through the interview process, and was over the moon when I got offered the job! Fast forward 10 weeks and here I am – embarking upon my first day at SINC.

On my first day, I was told by Lucy that my year would be full of opportunities, and also that it would be impossible to predict what my year would be like as the scheme is such an individual experience. So, next time I get asked the golden question “what are you going to do with your life?”, I’ll have to quote David Bowie and say “I don’t know where I’m going, but I promise it won’t be boring”. I’m excited to see what the year has to offer!

"I don’t know where I’m going, but I promise it won’t be boring"

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