This post is going to be short* and I’ll try not to ramble too much. I wanted to share with you the reason why I opened my blog which, you’ll see, is not the one you might have imagined. I’ll have to give you a bit of background, just so you know what I’m talking about.
A year ago I moved to Barcelona to study for 6 months. It was part of my Engineering degree to spend half of the academic year abroad and we could only pick from 3 destinations, the other two being in Ireland and France. I chose Spain because I knew the language well and Barcelona was also the biggest city available to me. We were supposed to have one term of lessons, which we did (I say we, because I wasn’t alone, there were other students from my Italian class as well) and then find ourselves an internship for the next 6 months.
Now, I don’t know if you’ve ever been in the position of having to find an internship, but this thing seemed to me very difficult. Not only because I had no experience in any field (working as a waitress during summer doesn’t really count, does it?) but also because I had no idea of how I could possibly use the things I had learnt in the first and second year of University in a practical way. For example, I couldn’t think of how physics would be useful to me in a working context. Worse than that, I didn’t feel like I had anything that would make me stand out as a candidate.
So I applied for a lot of internship I found on LinkedIn or sent spontaneous applications to companies I liked. I felt hopeless and although my CV was a full page long and well put together, just as we were taught to do it, I felt I had nothing to offer than my desire to do something and gain experience for the first time in my life, because we all have to start from one point or another, right? Every big CEO or entrepreneur has been trusted enough to be given a first chance in his/her life.
I soon realized that to work or even be considered by big companies, or even small ones, you need to have something more than a one-page CV with a list of the schools you’ve attended and the language diplomas you have. I’m 21, I feel partly justified not to have had any experience before, but at the same time I knew that I had to do something.
Something I could do without too much external help, a personal project that I could show to anyone asking me “what have you accomplished in your life so far?”.
I didn’t have an answer to that. Yes I’ve played sports and have done a couple of extra-curricular things at school but the truth is, I’ve never excelled at those things and I’ve only ever focused on the things I really liked which were, at the time, reading a lot of books and being good at school. But these things aren’t enough in today’s world. They don’t make you stand out, they don’t make you special. Having good grades is not enough because you’re just one in a million.
I decided to take action. I decided to learn everything about opening a blog, using WordPress, Seo and social media strategy in order to open my own personal blog on something I was really passionate about. Beauty was my choice and if you read my about page(here) you’ll know why I love it so much.
My blog is my little project. I have no wish to turn it into a job or dedicate my life to it. I have other things to do as well: I’m starting my last year of bachelor degree in three days and I’m also getting ready to take a difficult business exam called the GMAT. But I’m so incredibly proud of having something that I’ve created all on my own, that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed doing, and that I know makes me a little bit more special, unique in my own way.
So thank you to everyone who clicks on my blog and takes a bit of time to read my long posts (sorry about that!). I couldn’t be happier that I’ve been able to share this with you all and I’m grateful to have you as a part of my project. Whenever you are in the world, thank you for being here, right now.
*that was the intention at the beginning. I’m sorry it’s not.
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