Today marks exactly a year since I wrote a blog post titled ‘My Future…?’, which I’ll leave a link for here if you want to have a look (My Future…? March 2018). In the post, surprisingly, I talked about the fact I was starting to think about what I might want to do after my undergraduate degree, and some of the events I was attending in order to hopefully give me some inspiration. So, I thought, since I have just over a month left to complete my university work, that I’d write a little follow up to that post.
First things first; nope, still no real idea of a specific career in mind, primarily because most of my absolute dream jobs required experience that I simply do not have yet. However, I’ve decided to give myself about a year, from May to try and figure things out, whether that’s finding a job or deciding I’m ready to take on a Masters and eventually a PhD. Due to various events in the past few months, good, bad and ugly, I made the choice to scrap my postgrad applications, partially in favour of just getting my head down with my work and partly because I’ve accepted that I need a break from education and the academic environment.
Working in Walt Disney World proved that working can be tough, but it did also give me the routine, stability and connections, in terms of new friends and faces, I craved. Equally, getting a paycheck really did give me motivation; it made me feel so much more independent, as apposed to waiting for my next student loan to drop. I’ve never really had money down as a significant factor in terms of where my future will be but the experience of having a 9-5…or rather a 6pm-2am sometimes, gave a sense of reward that education currently isn’t giving me (I think graduation will be that day though!).
Currently I’m looking into publishing and various media jobs, whether in content creation or something more administrative. Looking at the job descriptions has been nothing less than daunting but I think it’s more of a case of finding a company who can see your potential. But hopefully, as of mid-May, I’ll be actively looking for and applying for jobs, hopefully around my home town; think it’s time to get some countryside back into my life.
I guess the final thing to say is, although this is daunting, and the idea of not having an income for a while is scary, I’m much calmer than I used to be about not having a clear cut path; I’ll just explore what’s out there and get stuck in.
Take Care Everyone, I’ll Speak to You All Soon!