Monday, 16 October 2017

In Defence of Not Moving To London


As a graduate, I always expected to finish University and move to London to find a swanky graduate job in the big city. My friends who have graduated this summer also had that view. However, that didn't really work out for me. And actually, I'm quite glad it didn't.

The industry I'm in calls for a job in London. Working in arts marketing, of course, some of the most creative people are expected to be in London. But for me, it was all a little overwhelming. I remember coming out of a job interview just down the road from Oxford Street and crying because it was all a bit too much. I then decided that London wasn't really for me, at least not now.

I lived for a year at home, and managed to find a dream year long internship. When that ended, I thought I would try London again. I thought I was ready, but once again, coming out of interviews, London seemed the scariest and most overwhelming place. Plus, looking at rooms on Spare room in preperation for if I got any of the jobs I had gone for was also a depressing sight.

But it's not all doom and gloom. I'm in an industry that I love. Granted, my current job isn't fantastic yet, but it has only been 5 weeks and I'm still finding my feet. I think my problem is that I feel that I am not confident enough or know enough to be able to slot into a big London company and live that life. So, at least for this job (which luckily doesn't have a leaving date in sight), I'll build up enough skills and confidence to one day go for that London job and not feel like a fraud.

I need to remember I am still young, I have a lot of time to try the London thing and it's okay if it doesn't work out. But for now, here's some things that I love about not living in London:

WALKING TO WORK
No tube or bus for me. A 25 minute walk is absolutely free!

CHEAPER RENT
And bigger rooms! Also, pretty much cheaper everything

DRIVING
I can easily drive home or to the supermarket. After finally feeling confident driving, the idea of giving up my little car didn't come easily!





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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

TV Shows I Used To Love*



I was looking through my old DVD boxsets last weekend when I was home and remembered how I would watch them all the time, who even remembers life before Netflix? When Panasonic got in touch and asked me to write a TV themed post to celebrate the launch of their new Ultra HD 4K TV, I knew exactly what I would write about. So dust off those boxsets and rediscover an old gem this Autumn.

1. FRIENDS
From the age of 12 I was asking for Friends box sets every Christmas and Birthday. I had no spoilers and so every episode was completely new. I also had the agonising wait between series if I didn't have the next DVD to move onto and my mum would take them away if I was getting through them too quickly! I still occasionally stick in a random disk and watch them when I can't get to sleep.

2. UGLY BETTY
This progamme made my early teens. I was absolutely obsessed and I would get every series on DVD after watching them on TV. Every Friday night my Dad would let us stay up and we would watch it together. Not necessarily great family watching, but it was our tradition. Betty was easily my favourite TV character (and still is!). I think that's why I love Jane The Virgin so much as they have so many similarities!

3. GOSSIP GIRL
Before Netflix, I watched Gossip Girl on DVD and would lend them out to my friends. I am actually re-watching them on Netflix (they make great morning viewing getting ready for work).

4. SMASH
I was obsessed with Smash a few years ago - a TV show about making a Broadway musical? Of course I was hooked. The music was absolutely great, and Megan Hilty was an absolute star in it. I will be digging out the cast recording and belting Let Me Be Your Star in the shower tonight.

5. THE TUDORS
Whilst doing our A-Level History, my friend and I thought it would be a really good idea to watch BBC's The Tudors which our teacher had said was wildly inaccurate. I would watch it and pretend I was doing school work (it didn't fool my parents though!). It's also all on Netflix which is great because I would only re-watch the first series all the time.

I will definitely spend the upcoming cold nights re-watching some of my old DVD boxsets. My brother also got all of the Game Of Thrones DVDs for his birthday, and as the only person in the world who doesn't watch it, I should probably get in with the times and steal his DVDs.

TV SHOWS I AM CURRENTLY WATCHING
- Gossip Girl
- The Good Place
- Gilmore Girls
- Pride And Prejudice
- The Great British Bake off (I actually really like it on Channel 4 *unpopular opinion*
- Strictly Come Dancing


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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Things I Miss About University


With freshers starting again and people I know returning to University, I can't help but feel the urge to do it all again. I've been very lucky with finding jobs after uni, but there are some things I definitely miss.

1. MAKING PLANS DURING THE WEEK
Trying to cram in chores, food shopping and relaxing is a bit tough for a two day weekend. I loved the student lifestyle of having days off in the week. I could get all those bits and pieces done without the crowds. Plus, being able to make a doctors or hair dressers appointment in the middle of the day is something I could only dream of now. 

2. STRUCTURE
I often find myself at a bit of a loss of what to do and I often feel like I am wasting my weekends. During my studies, I would wish I could just sit and take a day or an evening to do nothing, but now sometimes I find myself wishing I had something productive to do. I am currently looking for online courses to fill up my time!

3. MAKING FRIENDS
Finding people with things in common with you was super easy at university. I found myself having more opportunity to meet others, but apart from people at work, I am finding it very difficult.  

4. STUDENT DISCOUNT
Paying full price for shopping, no thank you!

5. LIVING WITH FRIENDS
After moving out of halls, living in town with your closest friends was brilliant. I loved that everyone you were close to lived a 5 minute walk away and you could see them whenever you fancied, whether that was 8am or midnight. Living with friends meant lots of shared dinners, borrowing each others clothes, makeup, perfume and spontaneous trips out.

I guess I am feeling a little nostalgic. University was tough for me, but I also met some of the best people and got involved with loads of societies. Would I go back, potentially yes. If I could turn back the clock, I would have done a lot of things differently, including a different degree and hanging out with a few different people. But I've now got to build up my career and skills, which in itself is pretty damn exciting.


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