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Where have I been?

Monday, 7 May 2018
My new morning commute.
I haven't posted since January and it has been so weird being on such a long break! It was very much needed though because I landed a new job - my first full time job since graduating university. It has all been incredibly hectic settling into my new routine but I feel like I'm in a place where I can get back to blogging and I am really excited.

Since graduating in November 2016, I kept going with my part time tutoring job. I liked my job but I knew I had maxed out there so I was pursuing jobs more closely connected to my degrees. I'll be honest, it got really disheartening after a while. There were so few jobs to apply for and then when I did, they never really went anywhere because I was one of many applying and fresh out of university. 

I wanted to share how I was feeling, especially towards the end of last year, because it is a nice reminder that those disheartening moments are always temporary. It is important to remember that! I had honestly given up a little and was all set to go back to do yet another masters degree and become a teacher, simply because that offered more sure job prospects. Don't get me wrong, I would have liked teaching but there was always that nagging in the back of my mind that it was my fall-back option. It felt like I was giving up a little. 

I actually got to go to an island and call it work.
Cut to last January: I had been accepted into a teaching masters but I kept applying for jobs because what the heck, right? Suddenly it all happened at once. I'm not joking! My former thesis supervisor called me out of the blue with a job where she worked that she thought I would be right for. I scheduled an interview for two days time. The very next day someone called about another job I had applied for online. Suddenly I had two interviews on one day!

I have to wonder how that even happens. Nothing for a year then two interviews on the one day? Life is crazy like that sometimes. It is also a friendly reminder that you never know when doors are going to be thrown open for you. That day I went to both interviews and I thought they both went really well. Afterwards, one job was a clear front runner and I left with a very positive "we'll call you tomorrow". I was really excited... then the next day rolled around with no call.

I got so inside my own head doubting myself but I really shouldn't have. As I've since discovered, things regularly get crazy at this business and they really just hadn't got a chance to call me back. Two days after my interview, they called and offered me the job. As a 25 year-old young woman who had spent 6 years at university, that call made me so deliriously happy. Suddenly it was all worth it because that first career job is always the hardest to land. I'm not ashamed to say I actually did this manner of happy dance...

I started at the end of January, which makes it just over three months in my new job and I am really enjoying it. It is busy and crazy but really interesting. My undergraduate degree was in archaeology while my masters was in Museum Studies. I never thought my undergraduate degree would be what landed me a job but her I am now, as a gainfully employed archaeologist!

I know this has been a long one, but I really wanted to share just in case there as anyone feeling how I was less than 6 months ago! I know it is especially tough being turned loose in the world with a university degree and find yourself thinking "now what?" and you know what?... it all worked out!
11 comments on "Where have I been? "
  1. So glad to hear that things are coming around! Congrats on the new job (well it’s not so new now), so glad to hear you’re enjoying it!

    Laura || xx

  2. Ah I missed your posts on my feed! Oh my gosh - that is such exciting news and definitely a good excuse for being absent haha. So good that you're enjoying your new job! This will be me in 6 months time...hopefully I can find a job too! Haha :P

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  3. I am so glad it all worked out for you lovely xx All the best xx

  4. That is fantastic, congratulation! All the best :)

    Amy | Her Quarters

  5. Wow, what an interesting occupation! Congrats on your new job, I hope you're loving it!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

  6. Congrats - you're living my childhood dream! I have been through the post-uni job struggle myself recently, I feel you!
    Ebony x

  7. Congrats again Em! I remember the struggle well, I think I applied for 96 jobs post university until I got one. I just started at a new job, and unfortunately the job struggle doesn’t end there because suddenly there are people with different and more related experience than you even 4 or 5 years into your career. I think I applied and interviewed for 9 jobs this year before ending up where I am!

    You will so enjoy your first job, is it the one with your thesis supervisor?

    Maddie |

  8. Congrats on the new job Em!! That's very exciting!! I can't wait to see some fresh posts from you!!

    Mel xx || Loads of Lifestyle

  9. Aw congratulations on the new job, that sounds so exciting!! Especially doing something you love, your blog is so beautiful too and I can't wait to get stuck in :D xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara
    (I would love to follow each other on bloglovin if you like :D)

  10. Honestly speaking I just became fan of yours. You write it from heart, keep it up.


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