So No One Told You Life Was Gonna Be This Way…

When I logged on to this blog last night, WordPress highlighted that it has been 7 months since I last posted. 7 months might not be long enough for me to have created a child but my life has certainly changed in a dramatic way since posting about the results of my thesis. Honestly, the last 7 months has been a bit of a rude awakening.

Turn and face the strange

I discovered that job hunting after you’ve dedicated yourself to studying for basically two decades is hard. Very hard. Completing higher level education means being both overqualified and underqualified for almost every job you see advertised. Having a Master’s is only useful if the person hiring you knows its value. Quite frankly, the media industries could not give less of a shit about how many textbooks I defaced with my yellow highlighter and rainbow Post-Its. Make sure you work in a relevant field while you’re studying, kids. Your ‘A’ will only get you so far. It also needs to get into G 😉

Despite the above challenge, I landed a job with a company that, thankfully, knows a Master’s means more than just a year of hanging out in bar/cafes and drinking vodka tonics (though admittedly that was basically a mandatory course requirement). However, this job meant I had to move away from my beautiful, hipster-artsy hometown and settle into a somewhat more domestic life in a much, much larger city.

The transition from student to employee has been an interesting one. It’s a different kind of stress that I’m used to, and I feel more pressure to succeed because I know people are relying on me. For this reason, I feel more anxious about every decision I make. I know I just need to make adjustments to how I handle the stress. I may not be able to plan out my daily steps like I did for my MA, but I’d like to think this is just Act I of my very own real-life Devil Wears Prada sitcho… which means it’s only a matter of time before Meryl Streep plucks me from obscurity and makes me her protégé.

I hope my transition also involves a flawless wardrobe upgrade

Because of the number of changes in my life, I’m restructuring this blog slightly. I feel like I need a creative outlet so that my life doesn’t just feel like a work/sleep cycle. Also, since I can no longer have days where I do something else instead of working, I’m calling the next section “Things I have learned since the last post”. There’s so much to learn about being in the working world and I’m more than willing to share. Stay tuned, folks. I’m about to begin the second chapter of the Confession of a Media Postgrad blog – The Suit Life.

Things I have learned since the last post:

  • I almost always cry after a stressful situation is resolved. It’s like my body refuses to break down until it’s absolutely certain there’s time for a quick cry. I think it’s probably better this way. Get shit done, then fall apart.
  • No amount of caffeine can replace a good night’s sleep. Handling last minute pressures means I need to be more alert. Only the well-rested will survive!
  • Eating is crucial. Nothing huge will happen in 30 minutes. Stop, breathe, and refuel. I have to thank my coworker for this little nugget of wisdom.

Lyrics for the harsh realities of adulthood:

Wish we could turn back time, to the good ol’ days,
When our momma sang us to sleep but now we’re stressed out.

Used to play pretend, used to play pretend, bunny
We used to play pretend, wake up, you need the money
Used to play pretend, used to play pretend, bunny
We used to play pretend, wake up, you need the money
We used to play pretend, give each other different names,
We would build a rocket ship and then we’d fly it far away,
Used to dream of outer space but now they’re laughing at our face,
Saying, “Wake up, you need to make money.

– twenty one pilots

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