But now I must ask myself this question: now what?
At the time of writing this, I'm still a marketing intern at the New Zealand Society of Genealogist (NZSG). Although it's great getting work experience, it's not what I want to do with my life. The truth is, I don't know what I want to do with my life.
Actually, that's a lie. I do know what I want to do with my life. The problem is, it's not economically viable. There's no way I can make a living writing books. At least, not yet. Probably not until I've written 20 or so books.
So now the job hunt must begin. Truth is, I hate job hunting. I'm sure I'm not the only one. Job hunting sucks. Big time. There's so many people desperate for a job, and not enough jobs to go around. It's exhausting sending out email after email, CV after CV, writing cover letter after cover letter. It's even worse when you don't hear back from the people you contact. I'd even appreciate a polite refusal. Anything is better than silence.
I'm still studying a Diploma of Proofreading and Editing (DipPAE) at the New Zealand Institute of Business Studies (NZIBS). I keep telling myself that as long as I'm studying, I don't have to look for a job. I think everyone knows that's a lie. Studying doesn't pay (while you're studying, I mean). It won't pay for petrol or food or fun.
I'm hoping that while I finish my DipPAE, I can figure out what I want to do with my life. I've been toying with the idea of starting my own magazine, but that would take up so much time, and I'd rather be writing.
I've had some crazy ideas too, such as vlogging or blogging for a living. I just don't think I could do that though. There is such an overcrowded market for both of those things, and I don't think it would pay in the short term. Maybe it would pay off in the long term, but I need money in the short term too.
I'd love to work with books. Working in a publishing house might be fun. Or even for the New Zealand Society of Authors. Or who knows, I could start a writer's group?
Whatever I end up doing with my life, I hope I enjoy it. The absolute worst thing would be to work a job I don't love. That's my ultimate goal. I want to find a job that I love. I want to be excited to go to work everyday!
So yes, graduation is over. University is over (for now — I still hope to go back and do a Masters one day) and the job hunt must commence. I'd rather avoid taking an internship again if I can help it (all work and no pay sucks) but I supposed if it's the only way to begin the career I want, then I'll have to do it.
Wish me luck!
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