back in April, I kicked things off by talking about how I’d resigned from my job, and I’d have a new job in September.
job: it’s with one of the big energy companies in the UK, and
the role will be on their IT Graduate Scheme. It’s placement-based, so I’ll be
moving around every few months and I’ll be undertaking different projects in
different areas of the company – which is hella exciting.
because it’s in an area I really, genuinely
want to work in. (Unlike finance, and my old job.) But at the end of June, they
put on a two-day induction event for the new graduates across all the schemes:
it was brilliant to meet the other new grads, and some of the people I’ll be
what my first placement will be doing, but it’s so cool and I’m thrilled with
it. Now here’s the bit I’m going to share…
starting out in the Durham office. Which is about as far away from my home and
family in South Wales as I could get.
to university I was excited to be independent, and since moving back home, I’ve
missed that. And wherever my placement was, I’d had to move away from home.
Plus, the property is so cheap in Durham I actually can’t get over it. So you
know, that’s a huge bonus. I’m actually up in Durham this week looking for somewhere to live.
geography, it’s the best part of six hours to drive up to Durham from
South Wales. The easier option is to fly, actually.
weekend after finding out I’d be in Durham looking for places to rent and
making a Pinterest board to keep tabs on all the things I might need from Ikea.
That totally counts as adulting, right?
things to consider that I haven’t had to worry about so much at home: electric bills and
a TV license and grocery shopping… And I know it’s not glamorous or fun and
it’s probably going to prove stressful, but I’m still excited.
that doing the whole ‘capsule wardrobe’ thing to move myself up north for six
months in the winter (#honoraryStark?) is quite probably going to be my biggest
I tried to clear out some of my room last week. I managed a shelf in a cupboard and two drawers, but I still own more notebooks than I could possibly ever use.
I’m hopeful that I’ll like my time with the company enough to want to stay on. That’s certainly what I’m planning to do. Maybe in Durham, maybe not.
By comparison – when I started my job in audit last
September, I was looking at it as ‘Okay, get through the next three years, then
you can do something else, or work for another company, or whatever.’ This
time, there’s none of that ‘grit-my-teeth-and-bear-it’.
how the whole freelance gig is going. I’m working with a company handling their
social media at the moment and I’m really enjoying it. I worked on one big
project with them that was successful and now I’m doing some more work during
I’m also working on a writing project. I finished a book about two weeks ago and sent it to my agent and I’ve started a new book since. So… there’s progress, and
that’s good. There could be more progress on the writing front, but some
progress is better than none.
And I guess that’s it from me for now. Wish me luck on the flat hunting!
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