Right now, I’m in a stage many people would describe as uncomfortable or even painful. I’ve just finished a year of postgraduate studies, and I’ve slowly started the job hunt. During this in between period, nothing is certain. I have no idea what country I may be moving to in the next few months. I’ll move to wherever the job takes me, really. And yet I’m not panicking.
In fact, I’m quite relaxed. And excited. Excited for what the future has in store! Do I feel guilty for using this time to take a breather after an entire year void of any breaks or holidays? Nope.
I have my whole working life ahead of me; I don’t feel the need to rush into starting the daily grind again because I’ve already experienced it and know what it entails. Having to wake up at 6am always sucked and will always suck – no matter how much I’m sure I’ll love my job.
It’s partly society’s fault. It has become a status symbol to be busy, as pointed out in this article about the busyness epidemic. Luckily, I don’t envy perpetually busy people – especially those who constantly remind others how busy they are – because I’m a firm believer in work-life balance.
But back to the topic of post-postgrad life.
Looking back, though the stakes of going back to university were high, the decision to do so was a game-changer for me. I knew it would be a huge financial investment, but I couldn’t ignore that little voice inside my head. I wanted to know if I had what it takes to be a journalist.
And it’s an exhilarating feeling to be able to say that now, I think I do. Soon, I’ll be embarking on a career that I truly enjoy and finally be getting paid to do something I am passionate about. As you can imagine, I am absolutely ecstatic about this.
Of course, I consider myself lucky. But then again, the past few years I actively sought out what it was I really wanted to do with my life. Deciding to study journalism was something I was only able to discover through years of working abroad in a completely different industry.
These kinds of things don’t just fall into your lap.
Which is why I always encourage people who aren’t happy doing what they’re doing or who’ve become complacent in their careers to explore their interests and hobbies, to take up new courses, to read a lot and do research and to talk to people about their ideas.
Doing these simple things can inspire you to change the course of your life; be brave and follow through with them. No doubt, there’ll be transition periods ahead. But they shouldn’t be feared or frowned down upon. After each stage of uncertainty, a new chapter begins.