From a young age, many of my friends knew what they wanted to be when they were older. But I had no clue what I wanted to do with my life until around the age of 17. I was studying at a sixth form college in Hampshire, taking subjects I enjoyed as opposed to those based on any future career aspirations. I was also working part time for a wedding company. And, although I liked my A-levels in Business Studies, English Language & Literature, History and Fine Art, in the end I was more excited to do my job on the weekends.
Ever since watching the film Bride Wars, I have always loved the idea of weddings and the planning that goes into them. The more work I did within the wedding industry, the more I realised that was what I wanted to do with my life. So, I talked with my tutor, my parents and my college careers advisers and in turn discovered the course for me: Events Management. I learned that by taking that course, I would get the chance to learn about all areas of events, from risk assessments to finances, as well as hear from experts within all sectors of the industry.
Now I had the course, I had to pick the university.
After a bit of searching through UCAS, I found two universities I liked and thought it would be best if I went to see them in person. So, between the September and October of 2015 my poor mum, who was on crutches after having broken her ankle on holiday, spent her weekends taking me on university open days.
If I could offer any advice about choosing the right course at the right university, it would be to go to the open days. I don’t know about any of you, but I seem to get a feeling about places when I physically visit them. It can either take a while to show, or I can simply walk into a place and know if I like it or not. The latter is exactly what happened when I went to UCB. I must admit that at first, when our satnav took us through all the back streets of Birmingham, I was a bit unsure. However, as we reached the buzzing atmosphere of the city centre, passing all the arenas on the way, I knew this was the best place for events. Once touring the University and meeting the lecturers, my mind was set. As I looked further into UCB via their website and social media, reading about the clubs, socials and opportunities available, I became even more excited. University soon became the driving force to passing my A-Levels as I couldn’t wait to start the next chapter in my life.
Having finished my first year at UCB I can say that I definitely made the right choice on both the course and the university. Looking back, I think I have learned that it was okay I didn’t know what I wanted to do at the age of 5, 10 or 15, and what’s more, that no-one should be rushed to make that decision. I have learned that when the time comes, you will find and do what is right for you. For me, UCB offered the best course to help me reach my dream job. It has given me numerous opportunities I never would have thought about doing before going to university, from trying new things and exploring new places to meeting some amazing people, and I can’t wait to see what the next two years bring.
I hope you found this helpful. I look forward to sharing more with you about my journey at University College Birmingham.