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Growing up is something that we all have to deal with. However, usually it just happens, and you don’t even notice it until a big change is about to occur. Then you realise that the safe, secure world of education that you have become accustomed to is about to end and you’re going to have to embark on a new journey.

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As a student, it can be rather deflating if you only have retail experience to your name. In fact, it means that you have real work experience - something few grads can boast. Through your retail job, you have acquired skills that employers are looking for.

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Do you dream of crafting your debut novel or screenplay? Or perhaps you’ve got your heart set on becoming a journalist and penning scandalous headlines. Maybe you crave a life with books and wish to enter the publishing industry as an editorial assistant.

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Before taking the leap to look for the first stepping stone in your career, consider spending a few weeks or months expanding your skill set. This will help round out your CV to make you a strong applicant, and may even ignite your passion for a position you’d never even considered.