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Globe Trotting

by Ingvild Miriam Willwerth, 19 October 2015

Ingvild Miriam Willwerth

When I finally graduated all I wanted to do was to go travelling. I had no clue what I wanted to do with my life. All I knew was that I was curious, adventurous, and tough.

Three months in, I was somewhere in the Middle East volunteering at a local charity and running low on money. On social media I heard about a possible job as a Teaching Assistant in Malaysia. How intriguing! I emailed the school and got an interview within the next few days. Less than a month later I was stepping off the plane in Kuala Lumpur. It might sound rash, but it was one of the best decisions I ever made.

It was an amazing way to spend a gap year, because I was working, building experience and networks, making some money and travelling at the same time. I travelled to Australia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, and all over Malaysia itself. This experience gave me a taste of the real world and helped me grow up. I had tasted potential success, and I liked it. I decided to not renew my contract, because I wanted to start my career back in Europe.

I had a few knockbacks in my job search, but I never gave up. I have found that failure is not the opposite of success; in fact success cannot exist without failure. The opposite of success is acceptance. Accepting your life as it is without trying to make it better. Never settle for less than what you truly want. So, the best advice I can give to students is to grab every opportunity you can. You never know where it may lead!

During my time studying Sociology at Roehampton I had the chance to do so many things besides go to my lectures. I travelled to Ireland and Jordan for an international project, and I enjoyed taking leadership training. Many of these experiences have changed my life and played a major role in shaping me into who I am today. I decided to take chances and grabbed all new opportunities with both hands. You can too!

I have now landed new role as a Recruitment trainee in the Czech Republic and I am excited to begin a new adventure.

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