You may or may not be aware but in just three months time I come to the end of my degree and four long university years, which will see me taking on the ‘real world’ and the first steps towards my future career. It’s the most daunting time of any person’s life as it is a giant leap into the unexpected. Despite studying Illustration I’ve known for quite a while my heart is not entirely in it. Sure I absolutely love drawing, but I hate being told what to draw and how to draw. I suppose it’s taken the thrill and freedom a little out of it for me.
Stepping out into the world as a fresh-faced graduate can get a little tiresome. It can take years upon years of interning and countless rejections before you finally get a grasp of your career path. For some it can be so disconcerting and disheartening that those post-graduation dreams can get cast aside and forgotten. For quite a few years now, my own dreams have been focused on opening my own vintage clothing and record store somewhere along the south coast. The idea of being my own boss and surrounded by beautiful clothes is my idea of heaven. However, as mentioned previously I study Illustration meaning my business knowledge is pretty slim, which has cast doubts in my mind of this ever happening.
However, I recently came across Virgin Start-Up, a non-profit organisation, that helps young people who want to start their own business and become entrepreneurs. If you’re 18 years old or over you can apply through their website for a government backed start up loan and if you’re approved you’ll be given firsthand free business advice from your own personal mentor, who will help you every step of the ladder. One of their most recent successes is a handmade chocolate company, YuCoCo, which sells the most gorgeous, handmade chocolates. Yummy! They've also just started to promote a brand new lingerie start up company that they've just helped in the process of setting up. Although I’m a little uncertain as to where my own career path is leading after the daunting graduation it’s helped a lot to discover the Virgin Start-Up scheme for when I feel brave enough to conquer my vintage store dream.