On Monday I mentioned I had some news. And, well, here it is: I HAVE A JOB.
A proper, not-a-placement job in advertising. And I couldn’t be happier.
It’s taken me a while to get here. By a while, I mean a long year and a half journey navigating placements, job offers and self doubt. And now it’s worth it.
Graduating as a creative is tough. It’s something I don’t think anyone really prepares you for. There’s months of placements, staying late, getting up early, getting stuck in to agency life just like you would if it were a real job.
Except it’s not a real job. There’s no security, no certainty. And there’s certainly not much money, not when you take into account commuting, rent, bills. And maybe, y’know, like eating too.
Money is always a tricky one. Some places won’t pay you anything. Some will pay you “expenses”, which can mean anything from the £10 a day I was earning at one point, to the £750 a month my friend was getting at another place.
It’s tough. You leave uni thinking the world is your oyster, and then you realise the the world is actually quite a bitch, as you eat beans on toast for the third night in a row.
The thing that kept me going, through all the self doubt, all the the ‘you’ve gone over your overdraft limit’ texts, all the baked beans, is that drive. The drive to make this work, to create, to succeed.
There were times I questioned whether it was still there. When I was fed up with the world, fed up of placements, fed up of chasing a dream without any hint of the outcome. Of course I questioned whether I was passionate about this as a career sector on mornings I didn’t want to get out of bed.
But it must have been lurking there somewhere. Because I still wanted to create, to entertain people and influence people and really get to know an industry inside out. To learn and soak in the world and never stop bettering myself.
And now I can.
I’m so excited to be able to call this my job. To do this day in day out, with a solid team and a place where I fit in. I can’t even put it into words.
To be able to watch the telly and say “I made that”, or look at an online campaign being shared and say “I did that” or be sat at a bus stop next to an adshel and say “look what I did”.
Graduating as a creative is hard, but now it’s worth it.