Tuesday, September 9, 2014

College dropout

Short black blazer / White corduroy shorts from West49 / Studded bag / Chain necklace 

After being in school for nearly two decades of my life, it's a bit weird that I'm not going back to school this year. After finishing my undergrad, I decided to take another two years at college. I knew that I wanted a job in digital marketing, but I wanted a way to stand out in this competitive market. So I thought that learning how to code and design would give me an edge.

Only one term into college, I had the feeling that it wasn't for me. Sure, I was learning stuff, but it was at a slow pace and I had a feeling that I wouldn't learn enough in two years to make it in the real world. After talking to my profs about these concerns, I got the impression that school politics favoured low failure rates over exceptional success rates. That's not how people get a proper education, which is the point of higher education after all. For the record, my profs were awesome at honestly telling me about the curriculum and guiding me towards a better direction for my goals. That's something I definitely recommend: talking to the right people.

So I spent my second term applying for jobs and sending out resumes. For 4 months. Job hunting while still in college was probably my best move. I said that if I found a good job, I'd stop taking classes. But in the meantime, I would still be learning great skills. At the end of my first year, I ended up finding a great job, so I officially became a proud college dropout. Yes, being a college dropout has a negative connotation. That connotation almost made me feel like I was giving up on education. But I'm proud of dropping out at the right time where I grabbed a few skills and avoided wasting any more time and money.

Not that any of that matters because my workplace hired me because of this blog.

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21 comments:

  1. congrats on being hired! double win for not having to spend more time and resources on taking additional classes :)

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  2. Uber cool sunnies Miss! Lovely outfit!
    XO
    Jeanne
    http://fashionmusingsdiary.blogspot.fr

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  3. I wish I had the guts to drop out, I would have saved myself a lot of nerves, wasted money and time. The experience in University for me was a total waste of life, it was horrible, it was pointless. For those 4 years I wasted, I could have done something productive...I could have started the blog earlier, I could have learned a set of skills...now 4 years are down the drain :D But I'm so happy I don't have to deal with this anymore! So kudos for dropping out! You kick ass!

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  4. Such a cute, chic outfit! I love the bag. I don't think it has the same negative stigma here in the UK, I'm not embarassed to be a college dropout - it was a total waste of money for me!

    Tara x

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  5. It's so great that your blog opened up job opportunities for you!

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    Rosie x

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  6. Nice:) x
    Bianka
    http://ruhamania.blogspot.hu/

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  7. Good for you for turning this blog into a career! You look fantastic btw.
    -Ash
    www.stylizedwannabe.blogspot.com

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  8. Wise choice and congrats on your job! Love that studded bag your wearing. :)

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  9. Good for you for doing what you felt was right! It's definitely worth it if you find a job you love! Also, loving this casual look!

    Shannon
    Clothes & Quotes

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  10. Wow you go girl! I dropped out college as well because I realised I was studying something I didn't like, and my heart was in the fashion industry. I'm still in my way to make a name for myself in my city but there's nothing better than doing what you really love :)
    Your outfit is amazing, by the way <3
    xx

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  11. stunning outfit!
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  12. Super cute look, I love that blazer. And I'm glad you found a job and aren't doing something you don't want to! <3

    The Quirky Queer

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  13. Kudos to you for doing the right thing for yourself! Also, I love that statement chain necklace :)

    — Michelle | MXP STYLE

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  14. Great to hear you found what you really wanted to do! It is a really cool story you shared. I actually think my non-academic (hobbyist) coding was a lot more helpful than what I learned at school. A lot of what you learn at school is from the professors, who 30 years ago were dealing with limited memory and limited processing speed. Coding these days is a lot less constrained, so you really just need to know which libraries to use :).

    Sylvia | www.theoutfitlab.com

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  15. You look awesome! The gold chain just makes this outfit, such good accessorizing x

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  16. I love your sunnies!!!! ;) Beautiful! www.outsidefashioncatwalk.com

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  17. I'm happy for you that you've found something you like to do and being paid for it =)

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  18. You look great in your pictures.

    I think you learn so much more on the job than you do in school. Not saying that school isn't important but during 3 years of law school I did not learn anything about actually practicing law and it was all a matter of learning after I started working.

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  19. In college or not, you know what you want and that is important! Good for you to have been a go-getter and got yourself a job! Congratulations! I'm currently in programs and degrees for information technology, mostly web design, and I feel like I'm learning all of the things I am required to learn, but not what I wanted to learn. I have been told by various people, numerous times that all the stuff I'm going through is required and will look good. I sure hope so, college is not cheap! T__T Congrats again on the job, and also love the outfit featured in this post! ^__^b

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  20. Sounds like you made the right choice - congrats on getting a great job!
    Chic on the Cheap

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  21. You look super chic in this black and white outfit.

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