A lot can come from one little tweet………
Tuesday Aug 30th 15.03
“@AnEssexWife: Is 27 too old for a change of direction? Could I get internships at my age? Just wondering out loud – but any feedback would be great?”
One little tweet, just putting my current thought into 140 characters, who knew anyone would read it let alone be interested in helping me??
I had an overwhelming response, people telling me to go follow my dreams and that 27 was no age at all. I even had one wonderful twitter follower linking me up with some very useful contacts of hers and pointing me in the direction of helpful website and forums helping newbies like me find their way in the journalistic minefield.
Then something quite incredible happened. I had been having a twitter conversation with Dave Monk of BBC Radio Essex about my plans to totally change my career and start again and then this tweet came through;
“@DaveMonkShow: @AnEssexWife Good luck with the internship – did you want to come and have a chat about it on air? Provoked a good discussion here!”
Wow, well how could I refuse such an opportunity? Actually I could have quite easily said no as I was incredibly nervous about the whole thing but, with my husbands advice of ‘you won’t get anywhere in life if you don’t grab chances like this with both hands’, I picked up the phone and agreed to be on the show.
As nerve racking as I thought it would be I was actually very excited once I got to the studio and Dave put me immediately at ease. I spoke for about ten minutes about me and what I was trying to achieve with my quest of work experience and my new career, the phone lines were opened for others to discuss their own views and experiences, and I was on my way home.
By the time I reached my house I was shocked by the amount of positive feedback I had received from my friends via text message and Facebook and the amount of support I had from compete strangers via Twitter. I have been offered great advice regarding how best to get into freelance writing and the field of social media and some fantastic leads towards work experience within these industries too, it’s an exciting time for this Essex wife.
From one little tweet so much has happened; it’s a true testament to the power of social media. Now I have to keep up the good work and continue to pursue my dreams! So if any of you out there would like to work with this wonderful Essex girl – don’t be shy and give me a shout!!