How Blogging Helped Me Land My Next Career

Blogging can help when changing industries

When you begin blogging, you have a very important decision to make: How open will I be about my personal and professional lives on this very public forum? 

This decision was one I made as I went along; every change I went through I decided how much or how little I wanted to share with all of you. I’d like to think I’ve been as transparent as it is advisable to be, so many of you have followed along the awkward post-college journey and witnessed some pretty massive changes in just two short years.

For those who are new, allow me to recap: I graduated college, got my first job as a high school English teacher, moved three hours away, felt extremely homesick and depressed, survived my first year of teaching with a smile by the end, made the very difficult decision to break up with my boyfriend of 4.5 years, lived in a hotel for a week because my apartment wasn’t ready, very quickly resigned from my job, battled the most difficult time of my life, experienced a stint in retail, moved back home, and . . . waited.

Every twenty-something goes through some set of ups and downs; even though we ALL think we’ll be the exception (myself included), nobody escapes some sort of difficulty. It’s all just part of the madness we call life. Despite the fact that we all go through something, sometimes it’s really, really hard. And it’s no one’s place to judge what is considered “more difficult” than something else. We all have our own battles to fight. 

Own Battles to Fight

Mine just happened to be the decision to pursue an entirely new career. I left my former position for a variety of reasons; while I won’t be sharing them on this platform, I would be more than happy to talk one-on-one about this experience with anyone who needs someone to discuss those scary, almost taboo thoughts about transitions, whether these decisions were yours to make or not. Sometimes life unexpectedly decides to thrust you in a new direction, despite your fingernails clutching desperately at the world you’ve known. I’ve shared snapshots of what this has meant for me on the blog and it has prompted several individuals to start a dialogue with me; I’m blessed to say I consider all of these women great friends of mine as a result.

There are still days when I think of the life that would-have-been, days when I long for certain aspects of my former career–my former life. My entire vision for my future was suddenly uprooted and tossed far away where I could no longer cultivate it and watch it grow. Instead, I had to build a new foundation upon which to direct my life and my future.

A large part of the foundation was and is this. My blog. The Modern Austen. Blogging and everything that goes into it–the DIY projects, the writing, the photography, the graphic design, the fashion, the friendships–stuck with me through everything. I could always count on it to be my rock no matter if I was sad, lonely, bored, or even angry. It provided me with enough of a challenge that I almost always felt inspired, motivated, and encouraged to move forward. Blogging gave me a voice, taught me a ton of technical skills, introduced me to the world of business, allowed me to exercise my creativity, and gave me plentiful opportunities to collaborate and work with individuals, businesses, and brands. Two years ago, I never even imagined that blogging would be more than just a fun way to express myself; now I see that I was teaching myself so many more skills that I never would have had otherwise.

When it came time to decide if I wanted to continue to pursue education or move into a new direction professionally, I really struggled. I had never considered anything outside of teaching before, not even once. Everything I had done up to that point was geared toward working with kids or educational skills. I had to take a step back and really consider the things I really love to do and the things I am passionate about. Things like writing, collaborating, designing, leadership, teaching, presenting, organizing, and, most of all, creating came to mind. I also thought back through to my experiences in college as the President and VP of Membership for Kappa Delta and how much I thrived in that atmosphere–how much I adored recruitment and helping my sisters achieve new goals. So slowly, I gathered job titles in the field of digital marketing in the hopes that I could combine all of these things into a career.

After eight months of hustling, networking, soul-searching, and pushing myself way out of my comfort zone, I’m thrilled to announce that I got a new job! I’m working as a Marketing Consultant for a fantastic start-up that provides ready-to-use and easily editable marketing via email and social media for indie retailers and other small businesses. While I never imagined myself as a consultant, it makes complete sense now; this role truly does take all of my passions and interests and welds them into one. It’s a great fit for me right now and a great place to start. I’m truly blessed.

How Blogging Helped Me Land My Next Career

Besides showing me that I have a whole other set of interests and skills, blogging was critical in securing this position. More often than not, blogs are an extremely valuable tool in the job search and hiring processes because they demonstrate a candidate’s writing skills, business aptitude, time management skills, organization, passion, interests, strengths, and understanding of marketing. When switching industries completely, it is important to participate in experiences that link the two careers. While blogging isn’t for everyone (and not all blogs should be shared with employers!), it is certainly an option to help make that transition.  You can also join new networking groups, volunteer, contact all of your connections, and say yes to any and every opportunity–all of which I did, even when it felt like I was going nowhere. Stick with it. You never know who or what is going to make the difference.

Congratulations if you made it through this very long-winded post. I just wanted to an extend a thank you to the many supporters and friends who have been my strength and source of hope through it all. I promise I’ll go a few posts without boosting blogging’s ego any further ;)

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Marissa

Hi! I'm Marissa. I'm a twenty-something dedicated to living life positively, sharing inspiration, developing my best self, and dressing the part. You can find me diving into a good book, looking for the ideal swing dancing partner, swooning over fabulous typography, or doing something ridiculous for blog's sake.

39 thoughts on “How Blogging Helped Me Land My Next Career”

  1. I love your story! I blog for me and me alone, but the friendships it has created and the opportunities it has presented have been great.

  2. Congratulations on your new position! There’s nothing better than feeling you’re in the right place at the right time.

  3. congrats! such an awesome opportunity. when i was interviewing for jobs a year ago i found myself reflecting on KD too and how recruitment helped me develop conversational skills (amongst other things) that i can use as a librarian. pretty cool stuff :)

  4. Consulting: Teaching for those who love to teach, but love the applicability of the real world. Congrats on the new job. The company looks totally swish. I hope that I can land a sweet consultancy job like that when I’m all done in uni. Hope that you love your new workplace. (P.S. thanks for the advice on blogging’s connection to employment. Never thought of it that way. Might have to think about that,)

    1. Griffin, you are great. Thank you for all of your support throughout all of this and for never questioning me and my decisions. I’m enjoying it so far, for sure. You will have a world of opportunities ahead of you, I just know it! Now just graduate and GET BACK TO THE US! Or, pay for me to fly over and visit you :P And I think you would be a fantastic blogger, no joke. <3 Percy Snodgrass

  5. Great blog post! I went to school for Creative Writing and I always envisioned myself working for a publishing company or working with books, but through blogging I got a job as a social media coordinator at a magazine! Not too much different than working with books, but it still feels like a different path. What I love is that I write posts everyday and take pictures and I really couldn’t have asked for a better job! Good luck with your new job!
    ~Sara

    1. Sara, you rock! I love that you had your own unique blog-to-career experience and that you are loving it! It’s a great feeling. It seems like the perfect job for you. Thank you for supporting me throughout it all.

  6. Not sure if I’m supposed to post here for the giveaway. I’d love to win! It would really help with buying homeschool curriculum!

  7. congratulations! I held about 5 different types of nursing careers from my 20’s to early 30’s…then I quit “working” to raise 3 boys! I thought I would go back at some point, but then decided this last year I would begin homeschooling them (because I’m 15 seconds away from crazy!) :-) Ironically, my original major in college was Elementary Education…
    I can say at almost 44, I have much more peace about who I am, what I’m meant to do, and my ultimate purpose in life than I ever had in my 20’s! I just love reading updates on your blog because I think you are much more together than I ever was at your age!
    again, congratulations!!!!!

    1. You are brave! Good for you for pursuing what was best for you and your family! It’s funny when things finally come full circle and you realize the purpose behind everything in the past. So cool. And thank you so much, Leanne, for your kind words. I’m pretty proud with how I’ve managed things, but I still have much more to learn! That’s the beauty of life! Congratulations to you, too. I’ll pray for your sanity and patience :)

  8. Congratulations Marissa! In my past life, I was a Career/Guidance Counselor and I was working closely with adults who were looking for work or returning to school or in the midst of a career change. I often advised my clients not to doubt when it was time for a change. It would be normal to change careers 3 to 5 time in one’s lifetime. I’m at my third career and would not change a thing. Although this last one is my most surprising, I’m definitely passionate about it and appreciate the skills set I’m gaining through blogging and such. You should be proud of all the achievements you’ve encountered so far. It’s what builds you character and leadership through it all.

    1. This was really reassuring to read. I never thought I would fall under that demographic, but it’s actually very very common! Your story is so fun and I’m loving that it is working out for you. I definitely agree–everything has its purpose, whether we see it or not.

  9. Congrats on the new job! So awesome! Umm… something about me? I love bears. But everyone knows that. How about that I went to a jr. olympics national weight lifting competition when I was in high school?

  10. Good luck in your new job. I enjoy following your journey, especially since you have the same name as my daughter :-)

  11. so, so happy for you and the prospects of your new job! you sound really excited about it, marissa, and i am sure you will see this career change will have so much meaning for you! and, because i want to enter the fantastic amazon.com giveaway, something about me… ahm… i love to write stories. it’s my secret hobby, i guess, but i love developing characters and plots and it’s something i really work hard at. hopefully one of these days i can say i’ve finished an actual story, but the process is just as fun for me, too.

    1. Thank you, Heidi! You are the best. You’ve been there for me through it all: the good, the bad, the very bad, and the ugly. It has meant the world to me! AND I LOVE that you write stories!!! I used to do that a LOT growing up but haven’t in many years. It’s something I truly admire. I’d love to read one of your stories some time.

  12. Congratulaions! So wonderful to hear how much you love doing what you do! Not everyone is that lucky.

  13. Congratulations on the new job! I’m sorry that teaching did not work out, but you can see that it opened you up to tons of other possibilities! I’m sure that this will be a super exciting time for you. Yay!

    1. Thank you, Inge! I’m sorry it didn’t work out either. It breaks my heart, really. But I think this is what needed to happen right now. It’s definitely a time of transition and lots and lots of learning and growing. It’s been so nice having your support!

  14. Your story is so inspirational! I went a full year between full time teaching jobs, and was at the point where I was attempting to decide what to do next since all I have ever wanted to do was teach. There were numerous conversations between my hubby & I where I sobbed about not being qualified to do anything. Thankfully, I found a full time position at a school I now love. I’m very happy that you found something great!

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