Category Archives: Careers


I recently confessed that I don’t belong in employment. Quite a bold statement. Some might call it career suicide, but it was a necessary hammer to the misguided backup plan shaped wall that I was hiding behind. Keeping one toe dipped in the employment waters was just holding me back. Since though, I have been thinking ‘how do I follow that?’ Then I realised I should just keep sharing the things that I wouldn’t usually admit.

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I have a story to tell, but until now I have been afraid to tell it.

Being at BelongCon in Brighton yesterday, watching so many people brave enough to reveal their story, I decided it’s time that I share mine.

As a freelance content marketing specialist and writer I get paid to write brand stories. Every day I write meaningful content about what matters to them and their audience. Yet my own content outputs have been in limbo as I continue to battle with a fear that if I reveal the truth, I won’t ever be able to get a permanent job again.

It’s time to burst that bubble (see what I did there @and_Helene). It’s time to accept that employment just isn’t for me and share my story in the hope that it will inspire others like me.

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Have you got to a point in your career where you feel stuck? No matter how much hard work you put in that promotion just isn’t happening and you have forgotten why you wanted it in the first place. Simply put – you have lost your mojo and you would really like to get it back.

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The last 5 years have been rocky but without these people I wouldn’t have been able to take the Y out of that equation and ROCK!

The biggest lesson I have learned in this time is how important it is to surround yourself with people that inspire you.

So, here goes…

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As I approach my 34th birthday and, only now, feel that I am building strong foundations for a healthy and happy future – I have been doing a lot of thinking about how I got here.

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Over the last few years I have been on my own pursuit of ‘realness’ and I have experienced both negative and positive responses to my constant drive to be utterly and completely myself, which has caused me to consider; how ‘real’ can we really be in a business scenario?

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For those of you that don’t know, I also write guest posts for the wonderful Lisa Cherry on her inspirational blog,

What I love about her blog is that I can really vent about something that inspires me and fully express myself, including my first guest post ‘Content Marketing Demands Change for Creatives‘. You also may have noticed that I have become more open recently, which is very much down to this lady – so thank you Lisa!

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There comes a point in your life when working for working sake just doesn’t cut it anymore. For some people, this switch happens early. For me, it happened when I realised I was approaching thirty. Now – any moment that I am doing something that doesn’t inspire or excite me, feels like a wasted moment. When it comes to finding the right job, a job I can do day in day out – this does make things a little tricky. So when I was launched back into the world of job hunting recently I changed my tactic.

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Having worked in the recruitment industry at a time when it was still a candidate led market in 2008, I have recently observed some concerning changes in employer attitude that I felt compelled to write about. I have been out of the recruitment industry for over 5 years now and as a mature student I was recently propelled back into the real world to embark on my new career in digital marketing armed with a 2:1 degree in addition to my previous experience in marketing.

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