So this post is a bit different to my usual ramblings. But it's on a topic thats been taking up a lot of my time and energy recently and I sat down at my laptop to write something and it kind of ranted its way out of me. So here it is: the truth about my absence from this blog lately. I've been pretty preoccupied with looking for a job.
Looking for a job is hard, people. I don’t know whether it’s specific to where I live (I suspect not though, have you seen the global economy recently?) or an all over problem (see above) but I have been trying for the last couple of months and so far: nothing. Not the fish and chip shop, the bakery, the cafes, or any of the fancy clothing shops have given me as much as a nibble of paid employment. I’ve handed out babysitting flyers, sold excess belongings (by this I mean old school textbooks) at car boot sales, baked homemade cakes for which people were willing to pay ridiculously tiny amounts of money, and filled out more application forms than I can count.
|It's not how I picture |
my future in the long term but it
still looks fun (sighs wistfully.)
And although a few of my friends and classmates have got themselves jobs, by and large these are temporary work in the sales. Despite the relative importance of their work to the business (after all, what would retailers do if they didn’t have queues of fashion hungry teens clamouring to stock shelves?) they have found themselves messed around: paid less than originally stated or working less hours than they expected to. But we’re still happy to jump through the hoops. What else are we going to do? While my long term dream isn’t really anything in retail at all I’m still keen to earn some money and have something to get up for in the mornings, otherwise the summer looks set to be increasingly lazy. However, I’m going to stop stressing about it. It’s getting me nowhere and making me more frustrated as the days go by. I already know what I want to do for my career and I’ll be writing whether I’m paid for my words at first or not (Hello, living at home after university!) so this summer I’m going to focus on having the best time possible. I’ll spend time with friends, go to the beach, swim, read lots of books, hopefully go abroad and get some sunshine for a little while. This may be the longest break we’ll get in our lives – 2 months stretching out between the Prom and entry into Sixth Form or college in September so from now on: I’m going to enjoy it.
Good luck with job hunting to anyone still persevering, but miracles notwithstanding, you can count me out. Now, where did I put my suncream?