27 years old and in a bit of a career crisis. I've been drifting between dead-end jobs and I want to steer myself into a more satisfying position. I'm especially interested in getting into a creative industry and/or web development/design, or something else that will play to my (self-perceived) strengths of creativity and technical aptitude.
I need advice. So much advice. Perhaps some of you kind folks can help! [NB - This gets pretty long. Also, I'm in London, UK.]
Basic situation: I got a good education including an English degree, but apathy and laziness have resulted in me drifting between low-level jobs centred on administration and basic data management. The plan was always to work on my interests in my spare time and build up a portfolio of work, odd-jobs, skills and experience that would launch me into a fresh and exciting career. However, that never really happened. My current CV is here
(I feel like part of the reason I've never had a fire lit under me to pursue a particular career is long-term depression, social anxiety and other mental issues, which I am now seeking help for. I'm also very introverted and pretty shy by nature, which has made me shy away from some jobs that would otherwise seem like a good fit).
My goal: I want to find a job that engages me. I'm especially interested in creative fields - writing, films, games and music. I write, draw and scribble down game designs in my spare time, but am only now starting to seriously put serious work into this and build up portfolios. So I guess my first question would be:
What route(s) are there for getting involved in these industries, without directly relying on a creative portfolio, which can potentially lead to roles that are either creative in a direct or indirect way, or at least close enough to the action to be interesting? I'm especially interested in games as they seem like more of a flourishing, growing medium - but film/TV, writing, and possibly journalism are also strong options.
Second, perhaps more conrete, option. I've always had a dabbling interest in coding, and I'm very keen to develop those skills into a potential job. I'm especially interested in web development/design (I have a lot of friends involved in it), but am interested enough in the problem-solving aspect to be looking at more generic software dev or IT jobs as well. However, as with everything else, I've done little or nothing to develop this interest. This is something I'm working on now, but in the meantime my second question would be:
B) How might I best get a job in the sector using my current, pretty low-level skills, that I could develop into something higher-level and more rewarding?
Lastly, this. Out of all the low-level jobs I've had, the ones in the charity or public sectors have made kept me much more engaged than the others. If I can't fulfill my dreams of being a creative powerhouse or technical wizard, I'd settle for pretty much any job that was ultimately serving to make people's lives better. However, again, this isn't something I can really demonstrate through past history. So my third question would be:
A) What are the best ways to build up experience in the charity/voluntary sector - to demonstrate my interest, develop useful skills, and show how I can help?
B) What are the best hard skills to develop for getting into this sector? I've been involved in direct fundraising, but I really wasn't outgoing and naturally-friendly enough for it. I've done a little volunteer front-line aid-work, but I'm daunted by the conditions and pay. So what I'm mainly focussed on is either communications/PR, maybe relationship management, or something like support/administration/management.
Any advice on the admittedly broad and vague questions above would be much appreciated - I'll try and supply as much extra information as I can if needed.
I'd also appreciate any suggestions on how to use my current skills to get relatively low-commitment temp/contract work while I work on my longer-term goals. It used to be that agencies handed out temp jobs like free candy, but it's not so easy now. I want to try and avoid having to resort to jobs in recruitment, sales, retail, etc.
Othwerwise, if you have any ideas on sites, organisations people or companies who could give me advice then that would be great.