Yesterday I turned 22. Now don’t get me wrong I know at 22 I’m not over the hill but I can’t help thinking that this is the age where I finally become the dreaded A word, ‘Adult’. When I turned 20 I was just coming out of my teen years and still at University with a lack of responsibilities so I didn’t really mind. Turning 21 was a milestone birthday with such a lot of fuss that it kind of deflected from the fact I was another year older. However faced with turning 22 it kind of dawned on me that 2014 is a year with a hell of a lot of expectations, not only from others but also from myself.
Although I didn’t realise it at the time I actually managed to achieve quite a bit in 2013. I completed my degree with a 2:1 grade, got 2 internships, a weeks work experience in London, a new job and am a director and co-founder of my own theatre in education company(Post coming soon). Looking back at what I managed to do last year, is great motivation for the year ahead.
2014 is the year where things get serious. I’m fully aware that there are thousands of people out there who are all vying for the same jobs as me and 2014 is the year where I need to make sure I go that extra mile to secure the job I want. As I mentioned in a previous post having a degree isn’t enough anymore. I’ve set myself a series of goals for the year ahead and I’m determined to accomplish them. I really don’t want to be one of those people that turn around in a few years time and think ‘Oh remember when I wanted to do that? What happened?’. I admit it won’t be easy. Starting the 13th of this month I will be adding theatre company rehearsals and office days to my weekly schedule of my PR internship and part time work. In February and March time its going to get even busier when our company goes on a month long tour of schools, but like the old saying goes ‘Nothing worth having comes easy’.
I’ve had a few people scoff at the fact I’m now working part time in retail ‘You went to Uni for three years and now you work in a shop’? What a lot of these people fail to understand is that the majority of students don’t walk out of University to the job of their dreams. I watched a BBC 3 programme called ‘Christmas on a budget’ a few weeks ago where one of the people who was on the dole was a guy with a physics and astronomy degree who had applied to numerous jobs but was getting no where. Fortunately I am in a position where my parents don’t ask me for rent etc so I can afford to work part time and then put the rest of my time towards my internship and other ventures. I know a lot of people that have gone into full time work where they are earning a very nice wage for a graduate and I suppose I could have done this too but if I’m sat at a desk 9-5 Monday to Friday then when do I have time to pursue my real passions? For me working for half the monthly wage of a lot of my peers will be worth it in the long run when I land (and I’m determined I will), the job of my dreams.
Like I said its not going to be easy but it will be worth it.