I feel like my life so far has been a series of stepping stones: Completing primary school so I could learn the basics for secondary school, doing GCSE’s so I could get the qualifications to get into A Level classes, and getting good A Level results so I could get the qualifications so I could make it to University. Now here I am, 19 years into my life clutching onto my notes on Descartes, convincing myself that I’m in University and therefore I am on my way to some amazing career… Except I have absolutely no idea how to get to that career step.
They say that over time people find their passions and realise what direction they’re headed for in life; people go to University with aspirations of becoming doctors, lawyers, physicians, researchers… the list goes on. I went to University knowing nothing except for the fact that an English and Philosophy degree leads people to thinking that you want to be a librarian or a teacher… I in fact want to be neither of those.
I have frequently been reminded how competitive the job market is and how I essentially need 5 years of work experience in order to apply for entry level work experience positions in the first place. We need internships, volunteering, part time jobs that will impress future employers, as well as high grades and extra-curricular activities… And this is all well and good, but where do you start with any of this when you don’t know what you want to do with your life? Don’t get me wrong, I know that I want to write, I just don’t know in what capacity, and from what I’ve been told most writing careers are either ridiculously unstable or incredibly catty.
I’ve always been a creative child; I was sitting my parents down and making them listen to the stories I’d written since I was six years old. For a lot of children, it’s a phase, but writing was something that I never grew out of. In an ideal world, you should be able to do make a living out of doing what you love but it seems that in these tough times the majority settle for any job they can get their hands on that will provide them with a stable income. There’s nothing wrong with stability; in fact, it’s incredibly beneficial for our sanity, and managing to secure any sort of graduate job in your preferred field is a big deal nowadays.
However, my goal, by the time I finish University is to find a job that I love (What can I say? I can be hopelessly idealistic from time to time). The road to finding a career is rocky and seemingly impossible, but I like to believe that it’s still possible if you try hard enough.
So, what do I want to do after University?
I don’t know yet. But whatever it is, you bet it’s going to be something that I love doing.
This was rambly and ranty and has been in my drafts box for ages but hey thought I’d get a little personal… Do you know what you want to do with your life yet? Tell me in the comments!
Lots of love,