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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