#IWD: What it’s really like to have your dream career – by the women who are doing it
Are you a budding doctor, pilot or playwright? To celebrate International Women’s Day, we ask women who landed dream jobs like these about what it takes to be successful in their enviable careers
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But 2019 isn’t the year to play it small. If you’ve always wanted to make that childhood dream a reality, prepare to be inspired by the women defying the odds in their industry to boast an enviable job title – whether that’s a doctor, lawyer, pilot, playwright or press officer.
Women who’ve achieved their #CareerGoals give us a rare inside glimpse of their day job, tell us about how they got there and bust myths on common misconceptions.
(NB: Inspiration is for life, not just for International Women’s Day).
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#CareerGoals: Jodie the doctor
Long hours, intense studying and the small matter of confronting illness and death each day: no wonder medicine has a competitive and demanding reputation. Junior doctor Jodie takes us on her journey from medicine applicant to qualified doctor, telling us about how she applied two years in a row, sneaking in an extra degree and how her thespian skills come in handy with patients…
The doctors and nurses in your team make it all the more bearable – when there's good camaraderie, you can laugh off the awful days with them.
And those acting skills?
Read Jodie’s full story: What it’s really like to be a doctor. And check out our medicine subject guide.
#CareerGoals: Anke the lawyer
Meanwhile, Oxford graduate Anke’s parents are both doctors and she always envied their job satisfaction. But being terribly squeamish, law seemed more attractive. Anke takes to the stand to testify on what the life of a lawyer is really like…
The majority of my job is sifting through papers like a detective, trying to catch a mistake made by the other side or to get a discount for my client (I act on behalf of sued hospitals, not patients).
However, like any job, there are also some boring administrative tasks that need to be done to keep things moving.
Biggest career highlight to date?
Read Anke’s full story: What it’s really like to be a lawyer. Want to become a high-flying lawyer? Start today with our subject guide.
#CareerGoals: Rosanna the pilot
Rosanna caught the aviation bug young. She was on a flight as a child and got to visit the pilots mid-flight. After seeing this view for the first time, she was hooked. Rosanna shares the highs and lows of being a commercial pilot, her route to qualifying, plus some words of encouragement for young girls who want to reach for the sky.
Just to bring you back down to earth…
But the highs are definitely worth it for Rosanna:
Read Rosanna’s full story: What it’s really like to be a pilot.
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#CareerGoals: Lynette the playwright/theatre director
How do you turn a passion for words into a career? London playwright and theatre director Lynette did just that after finding inspiration from one author while studying English at university.
All of these topics are very close to home for me, and told from an east London perspective. I feel our voices are as valid as Shakespeare's. If we don't tell our stories, who will?
A typical week for Lynette can vary:
Any words of wisdom?
Read Lynette’s full story: What it’s really like to be a playwright/theatre director. And banish the writer’s block with our creative writing subject guide.
#CareerGoals: Ifrah the press officer
If a company or brand does something significant but no one hears it, did it really happen? Similarly, how does a company manage its image and perception among the general public?
Which? press officer Ifrah reveals what it's like to work in the fast-moving world of public relations, how her creativity helps in her role and the one, simple thing some graduates let themselves down on when breaking into the industry.
It received blanket coverage across most national newspapers (including the front page of The Financial Times), plus broadcast TV and radio like Channel 4 News, BBC News and Good Morning Britain.
It was a huge success, very fast-paced and I loved every minute of it.
The biggest myth about being a press officer?
Read Ifrah’s full story: What it’s really like to be a press officer. Want to become an expert communicator? There’s our public relations subject guide for that.
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