After the Degree: Alice Kiernan

Twelve months ago, I was studying Media Studies and Sociology at Maynooth University. Although I was  living with my three best friends, working in retail, and somehow balancing the beauty that is your college experience, there was also the struggle of dealing with the fact that this wonderful educational bubble would soon burst. I was going to be thrown into “the real world”.

Applying for media jobs – from radio internships to video editing roles – I had set my hopes high and managed to get my heart broken along the way. To final year student, let me give you one piece of advice: you will be rejected and told no. Accept it and learn from it. Have a cry with your mother in the car about how scary the real world seems. Panic at the thought of never finding your dream job. Order that third take-away. The panic, the fear and the tears are all so worth it in the end when you finally get to send your mother a text saying ‘I got the job!!’.

In April 2017, I applied for an internship at a media company called Storyful. They invited me for an interview a few weeks later – first stage of panic; what on earth do I wear? After a few interview rounds and what felt like years checking my inbox, I finally got the email of dreams. I was hired.

Leaving  my retail job, I began working in Storyful in June. In such a short space of time I have met an incredible team of people. From chasing viral cat videos to working on world news stories, Storyful has given me an incredible insight into the hard work and dedication that goes into combating fake news, supplying media outlets with genuine verified content. It’s definitely a job that isn’t your usual 9-5, so I was lucky enough to be able to move to the center of Dublin City and start a life that was completely different to everything I knew before.

The reality of it is, I wouldn’t be working in Storyful if it wasn’t for the final year breakdowns, the weekly cry in the car with my mother, and of course every other job rejection email. It is funny how what you think is the end of the world is really only the beginning.