One Month of Job Hunting

I can’t believe it has already been over a month since I submitted my dissertation, the month of May has ended and it is now June. That means I have been basically hunting for jobs for a month now. May has definitely been hectic and filled with stress and my right forefinger glued to the scroll down button as I skimmed passed hundreds and thousands of jobs on every single job websites you can think of. I feel like day after day my head would explode and sleep always won at the end as soon as my head hit the pillow. I wish I could say this journey had been fun so far but that would be lying.

At the start of the month, I was ready to jump into looking for work cause why waste time when there are plenty of opportunities available out there, right? I was so ready to go look for some work that will help me get ahead of everyone and gain some experience in an area where I hope to keep climbing. I wanted a job related to my degree, Media Studies, where I can feel that going to university and having £27,000 debt on my shoulders would pay off (and be paid off quickly). I was ready to go conquer the Media world like those beautiful people you see in the movies where they are so hyped about the next step of looking for work and they just get it like destiny made it that way. Unfortunately, sometimes reality isn’t like what you see in the movies and the world doesn’t want to co-operate with how you see your life playing out. There wasn’t much media related job in Cambridge and those that are available require previous experience (which I don’t have)and right now going off to London or some other place would be pointless since I don’t graduate until October. So what do you do when no jobs are available that suits your preferences? You go to the next related thing that will help you gain experience, Apprenticeships.

I applied for an apprenticeship before and I didn’t get that. So, I was not too sure if applying for more is a good idea. But it was worth a shot and it WILL help me gain training and make connections with more people in the industry so its a start. I applied for a lot of media-related apprentices in areas such as digital marketing and social media. I just wanted to find something to do which will help me gain money and just some experience in a workplace. I applied for five apprenticeships in total (so far) and received one phone call. I was so nervous getting a phone call as I hate talking to people on the phone but I did gather up the courage to phone them back (I missed it and it went to voicemail cause hungry lol) and they just asked me to send them an email about the modules I did at university. The email was sent off and I never received anything back from them which made me feel kinda sad. However, I knew there are other areas I can try going into even if this did end with a dead end.

One of those areas was doing an internship around Cambridge which was fairly difficult as there isn’t much of those here either but I knew no one will take me if it having experience that they are looking for. By this point in the job searching journey, I was feeling a little down that there wasn’t much happening and it is not happening as quick as I had anticipated. I was also at the point of doubt and frustration as the only option ultimately will be an internship in London as there are dozens there. But even then and right now, I feel with how the world is going I need to hold off going further away but if it comes to graduation and I am still jobless, going to do an internship is still on the cards. In the meantime, my mum has suggested I go down a different path and see how I do in another career which is childcare as my work experience was a Playgroup Assistant. Many people have told me that I do so good with children so I thought I’d try it and maybe this is the path I was destined to discover. So, I have put aside all the media stuff for now and I applied for non-qualified nursery jobs and other childcare jobs such as playworker around my local area and Cambridge. I did apply for other various jobs such as a data entry clerk and an office assistant but I was rejected. But despite the rejection, at the end of May, I have been in communication with an agency which supplies teaching assistant and nursery assistant roles in various schools around Cambridge and my application and details are currently under clearance. I also had an interview for a playworker role in a primary school in Cambridge and another playworker role application form was filled out for another school in my local area. Everything is in the balance right now and I will update you guys with more information if I am successful or not. (either way, I am getting practice in doing interviews, making and answering phone calls and completing application forms so it is still benefitting me).

A month of job hunting has just finished and with the summer just around the corner, more days of job hunting is still to come. It is a long journey but hopefully a worthwhile one and it is all part of the adventures I will need to discover as part of life. Wish me luck guys and let’s see where this adventure will take me.

Run, Run, Run…

As you guys know I have finished all of my university essays and I am on a mission in finding the next adventure: a job. So far, the mission hasn’t been as successful or as quick as I would like it to be but I know that this takes time and I need to consider the different options that are available. 

Another mission I have right now is trying to lose some weight. I have been stuck at 56 kilograms since I was 16 and because of everything happening, I haven’t had the chance to lose the weight. I know I didn’t have much of an excuse before and without university, I haven’t got any excuse now not to exercise. My goal weight would be 52 kilos or even less at around 45 kilos. This mission of losing weight will benefit me in so many ways. Firstly, it will really help with my self-esteem and how I see myself right now. The areas I want to improve are my stomach, my arms and my thighs. By improving those areas, I think I will like my body more because I will be able to feel lighter. I have always internally felt unhealthy but I always made up an excuse not to do anything about it. But now I have the chance to improve myself on the outside and on the inside too. 

Secondly, by losing some weight I can prove to myself that I can do it if I put my mind to it. I have always dismissed the fact that by running for 15 minutes a day I can lose some weight even if it’s only a couple of grams. I always make excuses or if I do exercise, it will only be for a day or two then I’ll give up. Also, the fear of having an asthma attack has gotten in my head to the point that I will stop exercising as soon as I get out of breath. I have been told not to push myself too hard as I could have an asthma attack if I do. 

However, since I have been going on the treadmill, I have been able to train myself to run for at least 2 minutes and rest for 5 minutes which will allow my heart to show down back to normal before I repeat the process again. I haven’t had to use my inhaler so far so that’s a good sign. I have also made a rule that after every meal and after exercising, I will need to drink 2 big glasses of water. I haven’t been drinking much water before even at school but it has really made a difference to how I’ve been feeling and making sure I’m getting all the waste out of my system and staying hydrated. 

I have also recently started on my arms today so I can try and lose some flab in all the areas I want to improve on. The exercise experience has been going well so far and even when I reach my goal weight I will make sure I maintain my weight and improve my eating habits (which I still have trouble doing lol).  I will keep you posted on how I am progressing and if I am able to lose the weight and get down to my goal. I will give an update in two months. Just gotta keep running! 

Thinking about the Future

I hate talking about the future or having to even think about it. I wish there was some teleportation device where I can just travel forward in time and see how life works out for me. I wish I could just see all the upsides and downfalls, all the happy moments and the sad moments, all the successes and struggles and just everything. I wish someone would come to me and give me the book of my life. A journal and encyclopaedia of what I am gonna be, what am I doing tomorrow, what am doing when I’m 30 years old, who will I marry, what my house will look like or even how many children or grandchildren I will have. Why can’t someone give me a crystal ball? I will look at it every morning and see all the things which will happen that day so I know what to avoid and what I should definitely be doing that day so everything will fit the way I want them to happen. Why does the future always seems so far away and so complicated, always hiding and a puzzle piece that you have to try and complete but no matter what sometimes the pieces doesn’t fit together or some days you just know that this puzzle has never ending pieces so you never know what it is or if you will ever have the chance to look at it in full.

If I had all these things, life would be so much easier. When I know a sad moment is about to come, then I can prepare myself and cry my eyes out even before it happens or do things differently so that sad moment never occurs. If I know that someone is about to propose to me then I can make sure to get a makeover and hire a photographer to capture that moment. If I knew that someone is going to die then I will be able to give that person a loving and deserving funeral. If life was just as easy as reading a book or traveling forward in time or even looking at a crystal ball then the future would be too, right?

But of course, in order for the future to appear I have to enjoy the present. I know that sometimes it’s hard to do this because life makes it so difficult to cope in living an ordinary life that could often be boring and mundane and lonely, everyday where you wish someone would just tell you what’s gonna happen. But no one really knows what will happen because that’s just life so we have to try and enjoy it even if it’s not what we want to do right at this moment.

The future might be tomorrow or in several years from now but I know that the future will only be as bright if I want it to be. Here’s to a bright and happy future!

In Five Years

I recently did the yearbook for graduation which suggests that the days are counting down and soon I will only be able to look at this book filled with pictures, words and memories of my time at university. In this yearbook, we had to fill in a section asking about our time at university and describing our favourite moments and who influenced us the most. I didn’t really know what angle I wanted to fill it in- should it be a funny, light hearted section or should I dig within the darkest soul and unleash the shade? I thought maybe I should write from the heart but in the end I thought it was a mixture of those things.

One question did make me think though. “Where do you see yourself in five years time?”. I have never had to answer this question before, people would normally ask me what I would want to do in the future, there was never a specific number. They could have asked what would you want to be in a year’s time or in 10 years time, tell us how life is?. Why does it have to be five? When I saw that question, I was stuck in thinking what I would write, the truth, a prediction or an over elaborated lie? I mean, if I told the truth which is I don’t really know, ask me again when five years time. If I tell a lie, it would be I will be sitting on a yacht in the middle of my expensive resort while my husband cooks me food and we are just loving life and never have to work, yup it is so fake. But if I predicted my life in five years then I guess that’s a middling between the truth and edging on a lie. So, I just asked my heart and head what I could see my life and I found myself writing: ‘In five years time, I would be well into my future dream career, managing my life both financially and socially. I would have liked to have gone on at least one holiday with my family where I paid for it and I thought it would be nice to be engaged or planning a wedding by then’. I think that answer is the most honest I could give to myself and anyone who will read It.

I know I can’t predict the future or that these plans and aspirations in five years time would probably not come true the way I see it in my head or might not even happen at all, but I think it’s nice to have something to look back on and compare how my life as a 25/26 years old compares to when I was 20/21 years old and just a university graduate about to explore the undiscovered adventures that life will throw at her.

I can’t wait to see what the future me will or will not be doing and in a way that’s an exciting journey to figure out.

Ruling Out A Postgraduate Course

Time is nearly up and with only an undergraduate dissertation and three essays to write and submit, I am about to go into the world, relieved and anxious. These past few weeks I have been receiving emails about applying to postgraduate courses and thinking about a higher level of education. I have never thought of doing a Postgraduate course and it made me think why I ruled out considering doing a Postgraduate Degree. Here are my top five reasons why I ruled out a considering doing a Postgraduate Course after I finish with University:

More Theory equals More Stress and Confusion
These past three years has been filled with a lot of theories and complex readings that I would have rather avoided and was just a waste of my printing ink. The course I took was pretty much theory-based (although there were a few practicals which I enjoyed very much) but we had to read everything and to be honest 60% of those readings rarely made sense and 80% was never used for essays . After I finish with a module, all those papers goes straight in the bin ready to be recycled into other things that would prove to be much more useful. Also, those theories caused a lot of headaches and stress, which will carry on into Postgraduate and my mind cannot take anymore of reading 100 plus pages a week. 

What subject would you like to do?
No idea. When I went into University, I went in thinking that Media Studies is an amazing subject and I enjoyed it in A-Levels so why not do it as a degree. I never really thought of doing a course related to media afterwards and even until now it has never crossed my mind. I liked doing my course but before coming into university that decision took forever to make so deciding what subject I want to do next for a postgraduate is just adding more stress than I need. I really do not know what I want to do if I went into postgraduate course and if I do not know it now, I probably never will.

Loans and Debt
I am already in £27,000 debt just from going to three years of university so I do not think I want to be in anymore debt. I do not want to  or considering taking out some more loans either as I do not have the money to pay it back. I feel that going to do some more years of postgraduate will have me swimming in debts and loans. This is what frightens me the most as the prospect of paying twenty-seven grand seems already too much but paying another twenty-seven grand on top of that is too much. Do I want to be in debt and owing people some money?  No thank you.

What is Postgraduate?
In all my time in University, no one has ever mentioned the word postgraduate until a few weeks ago. I do not know why people never mentioned it or suggested it as an alternative option to finding work but the point is they never did. So, I have never researched it or was curious about it because I do not know what it is. I wish there was more information about it and a lot of people would have came in to discuss a path into a postgraduate degree but either way I probably would not take much notice anyways. I now know about it and I know a few people are interested in doing a postgraduate degree but I am not one of them.

Next Goal: A Job
As soon as I was approaching the end of my second year, I knew that I needed to get a job, preferably straight after university finishes. I think it was ultimately my main goal of my plans after university so the postgraduate path was never in my mind. I seem to have planned my life roughly in my head and a job focused university.  Also, I really do not think I want to study anymore in terms of a higher degree but I do.

After all, once  I get a job that  is really when you know life is going right. That is why I will be applying for work and not doing a postgraduate course. Wish me luck!

Learning to Cook

The ability to cook was something I always wanted to learn but never pursued before until now. When I was little, I would occasionally help out from time to time but being a learner and a child I was often slow and my parents lost their patience and just told me to go play instead otherwise it will never be ready on time or this week lol.

But now that I am gonna be starting a new adventure, I thought that I should probably learn a new life skill that I will take on when I move out or when I have my own family. So at the grand age of 20, I will be starting my journey into the culinary life of cooking proper dishes and not just corn beef and frying sausages and eggs.

Pray I don’t burn anything or mess up, let’s get cooking!

(Also, I will hopefully be able to write down the recipes of the things I’m cooking so I have created a “Recipe” page where you can check out all the things I have cooked and maybe even see how it turns out)

The Occasional Jitters

I have  a case of The Occasional Jitters. These last few days I have been feeling slightly nervous and worried over the little things. There are so many things going on right now with university like having to redraft my dissertation and the essays I still have to write that is all due at the start of May as well as finding something to do once I actually finish all these coursework. I feel like I am ahead of things but at the same time I feel stressed and actually scared that it is nearly ending and I have to start something new soon.

And I think these Occasional Jitters are here to stay.