Prospects

The thought of graduating from university is daunting isn’t it? You’ve enjoyed years of fun, socialising and finding your feet, now you have to get a job to pay off a ridiculous amount of debt. Sucks, huh?

There’s so many graduates jobs around, paying a five-figure salary and taking up most of your time. But the thought of being a (insert job title) at (insert place) just sounds so boring if its not what you’re into.

I’ll be graduating from uni at the end of the year, and I’m still wondering what on earth I’m gonna do.

While I was looking at graduate jobs a couple of days ago, I felt very uncomfortable. It wasn’t because I didn’t believe I could do these jobs, it’s just the worry of slightly dooming myself to being a ‘part of a machine’ when there’s still time for me to do so much more with my life. I’m only 22 to be fair…

I think my problem is that I would feel restricted if I ever went into a full time job; I love my free time, my Netflix binge-watching, and socialising with friends. I often ask myself: how can I live in such a professional bubble if a) that bubble restricts me from feeling as free as I want to be, or b) I’m so not into my job it makes me question why I’m even there in the first place?

And I can’t imagine that the paltry 20 grand salaries they offer would fulfil me either, especially when I see celebrities who work tirelessly doing something they love for salaries that make these graduate jobs look like pocket money, but are able to have so much fun with their job with appearances on Jimmy Fallon or James Cordon. It’s mind-boggling, but it’s clearly achievable, and it makes me want to live a life less ordinary. I’ve always been the unsure individual who always pursues knowledge no matter what I may think, and I’ve always thought of that as me being clueless with what I’m going to do with my life. But maybe it doesn’t mean that at all; maybe being curious for something is the biggest clue

The best advice I’ve ever been given was from my lecturer at University, which was to always ‘tell your story’. So that’s what I think I’m going to do. There’s still time before I graduate to build a profile for myself in what I’m interested in doing, which is telling stories.

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My book collection will be getting better, I promise!

So from next week onwards, I will be posting a series of short stories influenced by my favourite films, novels and TV shows, as well as current affairs in the world. It’ll help me improve my prospects further as well as my writing, and hopefully prove that I have something to offer to you guys as you read them.

Very soon, you’ll get to read my first one. I hope you enjoy!

Thanks for reading! Stay Weird and Normal!

 

 

 

 

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10 thoughts on “Prospects

  1. Hate to say this but everyone loves their free time Netflix bingeing and spending time with friends. Unfortunately the realities of life and paying the bills means working full time and sacrificing those! Also the amount of people who become famous and seem to do something they thoroughly love is such a tiny blip on the population. But I think you’re right to be considering all options – particularity with writing – it can be so fulfilling and is an escape from the mundane perhaps. I found when I got older I was able to strike a balance between working, family and following my passions and am happier now than I’ve ever been. Good luck.

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  2. It took my a degree in international retail management to make me realise I actually don’t like working in retail! Still it led me into what I do now which I love. You’ll find your own path try and do what it is you love.

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  3. Good luck for your last few months at uni! I think it’s safe to say that the thought of graduating and becoming ‘a proper adult’ is terrifying for all of us still at university. Your lecturer is right though, and I have to say that we’re both still so young – don’t feel pressured into getting a job that you’re resenting before you even start! A lot of us would love to have jobs that revolve around our hobbies, and preferably one that pays well! But while this isn’t always possible, there are many chances to try and incorporate our likes into our jobs. That’s what I’m holding out for anyway!

    Great post xx

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  4. Good luck with your the rest of your life! It’s a daunting yet exciting time and you are shaping your future. You have so many years ahead of you, and you will be many things! Just enjoy!

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