I am a passionate writer and have been for as long as I can remember.
Some of my earliest memories are rewriting fairytales like Cinderella and Rapunzel at primary school so that the stories were more ‘cool’ (or what only a 10 year old would think was cool – apparently Cinderella’s Price Charming should have been in the form of a ‘funky DJ’). One summer holiday I kept myself entertained throughout the majority of the six weeks by writing about the adventures of a dog and a frog who were best friends.
From then on, English was my favourite subject and I knew that I wanted to be a writer. But at 16 years old, a time where my peers were not only applying for college but starting to discuss university, I realised that I didn’t want to wait. The idea of university, despite the amazing qualifications, opportunities and endless parties all week round, didn’t really appeal to me.
It was working my way up the career ladder, seeing my writing in a magazine, earning money, gaining experience and learning along the way that excited me. So I decided I was going to make it happen, as best as a teenager could, and I undertook a number of work experience placements during the six week summer holiday. These were in industries including marketing, PR, advertising and broadcasting and all helped me to understand the range of careers for the aspiring writer, beyond simply being an author or journalist.
At this age I also began blogging and could nearly always be found typing away in my room for hours on end, emptying my thoughts until I had something I could be proud of.
After I finished my GCSEs and started sixth form, I attended a careers convention, something that I didn’t think I would get much out of, apart from a few free pens, notepads and business cards – you know the sort. However, this was where I met a Midlands based marketing and design agency. I explained about my passion for writing and desire to have a career based on being creative and a few months later, I was doing a week’s work experience.
One week turned into three and during this time, I made every effort to move away from the ‘work experience girl’ label and build a name for Sarah Mullaney. I worked closely alongside the company’s copywriter at the time, writing news stories for their websites and email campaigns to clients, as well as learning about digital marketing and graphic design.
After two weeks of work experience, I was called into the company’s boardroom by its managing director for what I thought was a review, and I was completely surprised but delighted to be offered full time position for as soon as I finished my A-Levels. I would be working between the sales and creative teams until I found my feet and would gradually start doing more and more copywriting. Needless to say I was in complete shock and so too were my family – I rang my dad on my way home that evening and he just kept screaming “Whaaaaaat?! Oh my GOOOOD!” down the phone.
I started work in June 2014 and I have not looked back since. Starting full time work at 18 years old took some time to adjust to, and it wasn’t easy when everyone else I knew seemed to be going to university and doing everything differently. There didn’t seem to be any support online either for those who didn’t want to go to university (a key reason I started this blog). But I have gained such a strong understanding of my craft – of writing, designing, creating social media strategies and more, all thanks to real life experiences in the working environment.
I am now 20 years old and am the company’s main copywriter and digital marketing coordinator. I’ve been featured online and in print and have just finished my final exams for a Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing, equivalent to a BA (Hons) degree.
But life is short and it’s not just about work. It’s about those magical moments and crazy adventures that simultaneously put a grin on your face and light a fire in your eyes.
So I’m working on creating a good work life balance where I ultimately put my personal happiness first and accept that switching off is ok. You’ll soon find out on this blog that I can be a worrier and I can put a lot of pressure on myself to succeed. But I always say that I’m a working woman who’s a work in progress and I’m slowly learning to accept my flaws and work with them, rather than against them, to be a better, happier version of myself.
I’ve reached a point where I am constantly learning and constantly dreaming.
The more I write, the more I dream of one day being a writer in cities like Manchester, London or even New York. Having my own book published or even my own agency. The sky’s the limit and whilst I can’t wait to see what the future holds, I can’t wait to have even more fun getting there.
What do you dream of doing?