University... Final year... My only thought of being stressed were doing my dissertation... oh how wrong was i? I haven't been this stressed in my whole 2 and a bit years of being aI Anglia Ruskin. So many things to do, so little time to actually do it all! If it wasn't for my uni friend Livia mentioning 'So what graduate schemes have you applied for?' I could picture me with a blank, lost face, so now me and Luke decided to do an intense session of looking up graduate schemes.
Until one Monday, I met up and had a catch up with Bobby (For those of you wondering who Bobby is, just picture a face that is a mixture of Justin Beiber hair and Zac Efron - Yes, I know, I would punch that face too :p) we was chatting about how Uni life is going and what are each other's plans for after Uni. He offered me some words of wisdom towards my futrure decisions "You're such a helpful lad, you put others before yourself and that's admirable, I think your future lies in helping others and creating a better tomorrow" It was nice to think someone can see I do put people in my life before myself just because they deserve to and I like to make people happy and smiley, this is why I am spontaneous when it comes to gifts and visiting people to make people around me happy :), but I digress back onto the subject in mind, fromw hat he said I guessed he was hinting at working abroad and volunteering and stuff like that.
This is why the title of this post is 'The Future....Indecisive' because I feel lost with what I want to do and what's the best thing for me to do right now? So I'm going to write about my current options and see if anyone can offer me any suggestions as to which 1 would be most recommended;
1. Postgraduate? ~ I have always considered doing a Postgraduate course over the 2 years I've been at University, however this past year has made me second-guess it. ARU provide both 'Management' and 'Market & Innovation' Masters courses that appeal to me, and my friend Chelsea recommended a 'Marketing' masters course at DMU where she would be going so that I wouldn't be alone up in Leicester. One of my past regrets was not moving further away for Uni so that I could get used to living away from the family and being independent, I don't dwell at all on 'what could have been...' and 'what if...' no more as I feel happy with the course I chose and the friends that I have made over my time here.
2. Volunteering? ~ Volunteering was the idea that Bobby brought up to me believing that this is something I should do as it's the sort of person I am. Not gonna lie - I neevr considered it to be an option, but I've seen people with volunteering experience in their CV's and it has made such an impression on potential employers on having that sort of experience which defintiely intrigued me. I decided to do research on Volunteering and the main one's that appealed to me the most were helping educate children in Africa, build houses/ schools in Africa as well as working on a Safari park. It has been an ambition of mine to go to Africa and either go on a safari or experience working with wild animals. So, I thank Bobby for bringing this to my attention and opening up a potential career path.
3. Graduate Schemes? ~ This by far, has been the most stressful option that I've ever considered for anything. The time spent applying for graduate schemes and the tedious assessments in which the majority, if not all of them, have been completely irrelevant to what the job actually entails which makes no fucking sense. This has angered me and several others in my friend group, the sad thing is I think businesses look down on some of us just because of the university we have got our degree from. Yeah, I'll be one to admit that Anglia Ruskin isn't exactly the best university in the UK, but it certainly isn't the worst and at the end of the day, a degree is a fucking degree! We work our arses off for 3 years solid, putting in extra hours, long nights studying and researching to have the best possible grade to graduate with, just for a company to say 'That's not good enough' or 'You don't go to an accredited university' is just deflating and demoralising.
I have applied for Marks & Spencers, Barclays, Natwest, John Lewis, EasyJet, British Airways which have been unsuccessful which I think they have done wither of them 2 things and it angers me greatly that they treat students differently when they don't consider other factors like how some of us couldn't afford to go away to a distant univeristy etc., HOWEVER, I have had some sort of success with 2 companies in particular:
McDonalds for example, (I know it's looked down as a possible career) has an opening for retail business manager which, in 2 years, will lead me to become a manager of the Cambridge branch or even choose to become an area manager of stores like Cambridge, Peterborough etc £18.5-22k a year is always a bonus too. I have a one day job evaluation stage with a date TBA.
Play.com ~ Okay, this one isn't exactly a graduate scheme but it's a job at the end of the day - Head of Sales - £60k a year starting salary, leading onto £75k after 2-5 years!!! I was blown away by this advertisement and went for it on a whim and didn't think I would go past the application stage because I had no management experience. However, I got onto the interview stage in which over 200 people turned up for the day to go over several situational scenarios, maths test, group task and an interview stage (if you have seen the Apprentice with the gruelling interview stage, it was liek that but without the 'gruelling' aspect as they broke down my CV and asked about it all. After 5 days of nervous waiting, I got the phone call that said that I was successful and is being brought onto the final stage in which I go to London on the 18th January for a one day job evaluation in which I find out on the day if I get the job. They did mention in the phone call, that they would award me the job after the evaluation day on the basis of getting a 2.1 at university and I'm prepared to have an intense management training session so I'll be ready to take on the job.
So fingers crossed things go well with either of these, if I fail - then I fail and I just look after my degree for a proper job instead of a graduate scheme - as long as I'm out of Iceland - the better I'll be :)
4. Travelling? ~ Travelling is also been an ambition of mine, just themoney issue has always denied my chance to do so. But IO've planned to budget intensely in the new year so I could possibly afford to do this. 3 Continents appeal to me the most: South America ~ in particular, Brazil & Peru travelling through the Amazon rainforest and experiencing their cultures and seeing amazing sights. Africa ~ in particular, the locations where there are animal sanctuaries and safaris. Australia ~ to see all the sights and experience different places there like walking over the Sydeny bridge, sydeny harbour, the coral reef, the australian outback. These are all pipe-dreams, I'm considering this as an outside possiblity.
5. Move Away? ~ This, I have considered after having a rather up and down 2 years, considering quitting uni to join my family abroad and starting a new. If I was to move abroad, it would be to join my American side of the family in Delaware. I've missed America ever since I went there on 2 week holiday back in 2009 and have always wanted to go back (Possible Graduation trip?) But I am looking to move away from Newmarket as it's such a shit town to live in, I'm looking into either quiet village like Red Lodge or perhaps Bury St. Edmunds/ Cambridge, but if I get this job at Play.com I could be seen moving to London which is what I'd never would have considered.
So those are my choices. If anyone has any recommendations or suggestion for other future choices, don't be shy and leave a comment. Hope you all have a good day, wherever you're in the world. Have a good weekend, and a new blog post will be up next week.