If you know me personally or perhaps if you follow me on Twitter you’ll know that for a long time I was looking for a full time job.
Since graduating from university in 2011 I have completed about a billion internships, plus a few temp jobs and months of unemployment, which I can tell you was seriously crap. I found it incredibly frustrating and difficult to be working hard and getting almost nothing for it; most internships only pay expenses, and that isn’t much.
I was lucky enough to be able to live at home and commute into central London, so I did appreciate the positives of my situation. I gained some very valuable experience doing internships, and learned a lot about the publishing industry, as well as PR and marketing techniques.
My boyfriend, whom I met at university, has had much more steady employment than me and for about a month now has had a really good full time job. I had been applying for jobs every single day and scouring the internet for anything that might suit me. It was truly, truly exhausting, and the rejections and unsuccessful interviews were depressing and disheartening.
A few weeks ago we considered moving somewhere other than central London, which we had preferred before, and a visit to Oxford made our minds up. I tentatively applied for a handful of jobs in Oxford, and scored an interview at Osprey Publishing.
Then this week I got a phone call… and the job is mine! I was over the moon and overwhelmed. There may have been a tear shed! We had already been looking at flats, and today my mum and I did some viewings, reporting back to my boyfriend as he was at work, and secured a flat. Unbelievable isn’t it?
My life has changed a lot this week. From next week, when I start my new job (even saying that sounds strange and amazing), it will change even more. We’re moving in less than a month. It hasn’t quite sunk in yet.
My day-to-day existence will change beyond recognition; I won’t be able to blog quite as often, maybe once a week, but I won’t neglect These Little Words. It has been a saving grace in my time struggling to get a job, and I still love it as much as ever. I don’t intend on giving it up!
I wonder if my changed circumstances will effect my taste in reading?