It’s 2014 and has been for the past seven days, but it still feels as though it shouldn’t be. I hope I’m not alone in thinking that 2013 went far too quickly, so much so that I can’t really remember what happened. It was the year that I: turned 20, became obsessed with Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones, decreed the inevitable demise of humanity after watching Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicky at the VMA’s, heard the sad news about Mandela, developed an unhealthy obsession with Jennifer Lawrence, started to venture into photography and amateur journalism BUT I ALSO started my final year of University.
So now I am alarmingly close to the end of my higher education. After multiple freakouts and breakdowns over the christmas holidays concerning my future, I have finally come to a few conclusions. Firstly, my plan of action regarding future employment is to apply for as many internships and graduate schemes as I can over the next few days in the hope that someone might mistake me for a competent and intelligent individual. I’ve already applied for a couple regarding TV production but have also applied for opportunities in media, marketing and publishing as well as journalism because although I might not be as passionate about these areas, I have to hedge my bets.
I have also come to the conclusion that I want to ultimately become a film critic – I’ve always liked the idea of pursuing this profession but I’ve released that studying film and english at university has given me the very valuable expertise needed, but also I don’t think I can deal with working in production at the bottom for a number of years. Although I don’t particularly want to be a journalist in the traditional sense, I realise that I must try and look for journalism jobs and think about looking at journalism masters degrees if I want to ultimately become a critic.
So the plan is to ultimately apply for as much as possible, work as hard as possible and continue doing extracurricular-type work that will look good on my cv. So essentially, making the most of my last term at University. Luckily i’ve found some very interesting grad schemes/internships offered by Guardian, NBCUNiversal, Penguin and Working Title – companies that I’d sell one of my kidneys to work for. Obviously that’s an exaggeration and I know any chance of succeeding in my application for these would be a bit of a miracle but there’s no shame in having aspirations.
I’ve also decided to go ahead with my summer plan of teaching english to children in Thailand for 8 weeks with a friend of mine who was kind enough to organise the whole thing through his parents who live in Bangkok so expect to hear more on that in the coming months.