“So, what are you up to now?” – Every family member, neighbor, peer, basically the whole population. I hate nothing more than that question. Mostly because the majority of the people who approach me with it already know the answer, or know that nothing exciting is happening right now in my life, but continue to make me focus on the fact that I’m a college graduate who’s only income comes from hanging out with 2 year olds. Post-grad life, man.
I could find a job, pretty easily, not to toot my own horn. But it’s not the most competitive field, marketing, it’s a lot of remedial tasks that anyone with a brain could do. Sorry to any fellow marketing majors reading this, but you know you picked it for a reason over something a little more challenging like accounting.
But the thing is, I don’t want a job like that. I don’t want a 9-5 desk job where I stare at my computer screen to pass time. I don’t want to settle for a boring job just because I should do that or because I have to do that. I want to do something that I love and am excited for when I wake up everyday. Obviously I’m not going to find a job that I love every single aspect of, that’s too good to be true, but I would rather be able to make a list with more pros than cons when thinking about my job. Unfortunately, I don’t think I will ever find this within marketing, or even just business in general.
I’ve recently decided/discovered that I want to work within book publishing, not write a book, but be part of the process that releases the finished book. I’ve always love reading and writing, and I think I might actually be good at something like this, more importantly, I think I could love something like this.
Obviously it would have been more ideal if I would have known all of this four years ago, but it’s okay, I’m young and still learning. It’s life.
So, for right now, I might not have a career, or a new car, or even a paycheck, but I know what I don’t want to do and I know what I want my future not to look like, which is more than most people have. It’s a start.
I hope to pursue a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing & Publishing within the next two years, and until than I may have to work some boring office job to support myself, and that’s okay, because I know it’s not permanent, it’s just temporary.
So, what am I up to now? I’m enjoying this little grace period I’ve been lucky enough to have where I can just breathe for a little while I put my plans into action. I get to enjoy Sunday Funday with my friends, I can still sleep in on random Mondays, I have time for me and I’m soaking up every second of it! I’m back to the drawing board. So, for anyone reading this that’s in the same boat as me, at least we’re not alone.
Goal: find a job by January that provides me a salary and co-workers over the age of 8.