AGE 16 – 26, MY FIRST DECADE OF WORKING

Laura Byrnes - Laura's Little Locket

I turned 26 a few months ago, and it’s suddenly dawned on me that I’ve been doing this working malarkey for 10 years. 10 WHOLE YEARS, it’s absolutely ridiculous, a whole decade, and I guess I’ve probably got another 30+ more working years to come. How scary. No wonder, I use anti-aging face and eye creams!

Laura Byrnes - Laura's Little Locket

Laura Byrnes - Laura's Little Locket

I don’t have a degree nor A-levels

There’s a phrase that I love, and it goes ‘find something you love to do and you’ll never have to work a day in your life’. Meaning, love what you do, and it won’t feel like work!

I’m (sort of) close to being where I’ve dreamt of being for the last few years. My blogging is only part time at the moment, but I’m trying to work my arse off so that it can be my full time job in the future!

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I thought this would be an interesting blog post, to share my first working decade with you and where did I start off 10 years ago…

Laura Byrnes - Laura's Little Locket

Age 15 (2006) – I was working at a hairdressers as a Saturday girl, whilst I was at school and I LOVED it. I worked with my best friend and felt super cool being a trainee hairdresser.

Laura Byrnes - Laura's Little Locket

Age 16 (2007) – Finished secondary school, left with good GCSE’s. I didn’t stay on for A-levels, and I knew I wasn’t interested in uni, I just wanted to get my hairdressing qualification and earn money! I started my apprenticeship straight after I left school. I did this for about a year but had to sack off the hairdressing because I got extremely bad dermatitis on my hands! As a junior in the salon, you have to wash A LOT of hair, and wash off colours etc and my hands hated the chemicals. I found out I was actually allergic to the pigments in hair colour (quite severely) so this wasn’t the place for me to me. This threw all of my plans in the air, and I didn’t know what to do now. Luckily, my lovely boss let me stay on as a part time receptionist, I actually loved that job!

Laura Byrnes - Laura's Little Locket

Age 17-19 (2008-2010) – I bumbled around at various jobs, I worked in Nationwide building society behind the counter, I used to love counting out the cash out, I felt really professional (LOL) but then sacked that off because my manager kept making me sell insurance to people who just wanted to pay their cheques in! It felt too ‘push’ and I didn’t like it. I also worked in House of Fraser for a short while, but didn’t like the ‘retail’ thing either. I got a few other random office jobs under my belt, but nothing that made me think, ‘wow yes I love this, I’m going to stick at it’.

Laura Byrnes - Laura's Little Locket

Age 20-23 (2011-2014) – I got a job in a customer service centre for Biffa (yes Biffa bins). It sounds awful, but it was so fun. I met a few of my best friends here, everyone was young, we used to have so many nights out, and they made the work fun! I didn’t dread working here, but I knew I wanted to do more. I found a job at ASOS and applied, when I got an interview I was SO shocked, and I even got the job. Although, this again was basically a customer service role, I took it as a ‘foot in the door’ but after a few months in, I knew it was absolutely not a step in the door, it was basically a step backwards. At this point, I wanted to get in to marketing, but every marketing role I applied for wanted a degree or experience. I was frustrated at not being able to do something I loved, so in January 2014, this is when I started Laura’s Little Locket. I wanted to express what I had inside of me. My love for fashion, photography, writing and to be creative!

Laura Byrnes - Laura's Little Locket

Age 23-25 Age (2014-2016) – I got a marketing role, hallelujah! Finally! I learned SO much at this job! This was a real 360 degree marketing role, touching on all bases of marketing, I’m so thankful they gave me this role with no marketing experience but I felt like I could do this job well, because I really enjoyed it and was learning so much. This is where I really felt like I found the skills I was good at, and gave me a lot of drive to be successful. I was still blogging whilst working, but only as a hobby. I did this role for 2 years and then decided to travel! Travelling had always been on my mind, if I didn’t do it now, I never would! I quit, and left the UK for 4 months.

Laura Byrnes - Laura's Little Locket

Age 25-26 (2016-2017) – When I returned from travelling, I jumped straight back to my blog. I only did a handful of posts whilst I was away, but I missed it so much and couldn’t wait to get back to it. Unfortunately, it wasn’t bringing in an income so I needed a ‘normal’ job as well. I became (and still am) Web Content Manager for a jewellery brand, so I look after all of the brands’ social media, and all of the online content. Since I returned from travelling, I’ve worked persistently on my blog. Every evening, every weekend is pretty much dedicated to it. Luckily and very gratefully I am now making an income from my blog and this is my part time job. I’m still not where I want to be, I’m in a good place, but I’m still striving to be a full time blogger. So that’s where I find myself now, working 2 jobs, 7 days a week and still determined to reach my dream!

Laura Byrnes - Laura's Little Locket

Well, what an insight in to my life ey! I’ve had a giggle writing this and remembered some good memories. I used to hop around jobs a lot when I was younger and people always used to make a remark about it, but I always learnt something from each job and made friends! Some of my best friends now, are friends I’ve met through work, so I’d never change my working history!

I genuinely, had to get my CV out to remember all of this!

Tee – Topshop
Trousers – Topshop
Shoes – Topshop
Bag – Gucci
Sunglasses – Ray Ban

Speak to you soon

2 Comments

  1. July 31, 2017 / 12:41 pm

    This is such an interesting post! I love finding out how people got to where they are now so I loved this.

    I’ve moved around jobs a lot over the past couple of years so I can definitely relate to you in that way. I dream of blogging being my full time or even part time job at the moment so I’m striving to get there too. It takes a lot of hard work and determination so massive congrats on getting to where you are today!

    • lauraslittlelocket
      July 31, 2017 / 1:22 pm

      Hey Jess! Thanks so much for reading! I know me too, I really love reading posts like that! It really does, thank you so so much, don’t give up! xxx

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