HIL: It’s Worth it in the End, When You Have a Dream Job

 

Birgit Tammiste, undergraduate student at the Southampton Business School, discuses an experience in shadowing a professional in our 'How I Learn' series.
Birgit Tammiste, undergraduate student at the Southampton Business School, discuses an experience in shadowing a professional in our ‘How I Learn’ series.

I had a great opportunity to take part in an eye-opening event in Estonia, called Shadowing a Professional. Every year, students have an opportunity to get involved in a profession for one day. To get to know their tasks and to start thinking about their own future job. At first I was a shadow for one of the most well-known journalist in Estonia. I conducted research about being a journalist, because I have always

 

thought that it was not my cup of tea. During the conversation, I found out that this job can be really challenging. I was amazed that the journalist I met was truly devoted to her job, and that she did it with passion. Yet, she asserted that it is not easy to get to the top and to stay there, you have to develop yourself all the time in many ways – keep pushing yourself to the limits. However, it is worth it in the end when you have a dream job.

The shadowing day was action packed as I helped her interview, and, afterwards, she gave me ideas about how to make up a great article. As this day was happening all over Estonia, some politicians had an open conference, and I ended up there with one of the photographers who was taking pictures for the journalist as she was writing story about this ‘day’. Later I was able to get to know a government minister – luckily the husband of this journalist was a Minister of Justice in Estonia!

You have to develop yourself all the time, and in many ways, pushing yourself to your limits.

This experience turned out to be one of the most instructive ones. It taught me that I should never stop just because it is difficult but to stop when you have finished. After that day, I truly started to believe that learning and being open-minded is the key to success. This is most important – take every option life gives you, because it may turn out to be something you really enjoy.

Birgit Tammiste studies BSc Business Management at Southampton Business School. The views in this article are those of the author. This article is part of the ‘How I Learn’ series.

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