I am at the ripe old age of 21, and currently I am working as an E-Learning Technology Assistant for my local college, where I create, and run, a programme that teaching staff can use to help keep track with what grades their students have achieved throughout the year. Exciting stuff eh?
Like many of you, I went to University, came out with a degree and wanting to be a journalist. Don’t think I am complaining, because through this job, I am learning new skills, I have made new friends, and I get paid quite nicely. But this job isn’t one which I would want to see myself in five years time, or even progress. Luckily, in less than 12 months time, I will swap the working life for a warmer climate and nicer scenary.
Right now, I write on the side. I do still want to be a journalist, of course I do, but I am being realistic here; it is hard to get into the industry. Sure, this year I could spend going to work experiences and even unpaid internships, but I am more interesting the moolah. Money does make the world go round (sadly) and especially if I want to get out of here, I will need plenty of that. So instead, I am working in an office, getting frustrated with people, and not living the dream.
More and more people are waking up on a Monday morning with the feeling of dread, the week stretches ahead of them and their eyes barely open. This isn’t what I signed up for. Less people are working in their dream jobs than ever. Some of us have dreamt of being something our whole lives, when others only just recently made up their mind; that doesn’t matter. At the end of the day, it is what you want to do now which is important.
When I was 4, I wanted to be Fireman Sam.
When I was 7, I wanted to be a Ballerina.
When I was 13, I wanted to be a Teacher.
When I was 16, I wanted to be a Lawyer.
When I had to choose my University, I was nearly off to Warwick to study Law, until suddenly I realised, I did not want to be a Lawyer, I want to be a Journalist.
The thing is, sure we can aim to be what we want to be. We should work hard to get there, we should always dream. My boyfriend wants to be a Journalist, and is willing to spend more money on gaining the NTCJ certificate to get there. Some people go from one internship to another until someone offers them a job from the back of it. Some people freelance, or contribute to all types of media platforms to gain the experience which makes any CV look impressive, and good for them.
But right now, even though I want to be a journalist, I want to fulfill my other dream; and that is to go to Australia and hold a Koala.