Motivation / Postgraduate

Life is like a box of chocolates…. You never know what you’re going to get.

Forrest Gump said those famous words (well it was actually his ‘mumma’) and as I embark on this new journey in life I’m starting to REALLY see the truth in that statement. Just last week I was filled with extreme amounts of positivity, but this week I feel an aura of ‘realism’ setting in.

The sporting industry is a developing one and there are actually quite a lot of jobs out there, but there are also a lot of folk who want to get into this very same industry, the competition is high and only the best make it. I don’t have a huge ego and to be entirely honest my confidence levels aren’t the best but I know my capabilities and I know that I can deliver in these roles I’m applying for.

Don’t undersell yourself, know your value

I’ve heard this more times than I can count since finishing university  (and that was only a couple of weeks ago) Ha! I find myself reading job descriptions and feeling a sense of alignment with my current skill base. This week hasn’t got off to such a positive start but I’m hoping it will pick up.

One thing I cannot stand is being idle, I can do nothing for a few days and enjoy the break, the relaxation, the freedom, BUT there comes a time when reality sets in and you find yourself wanting more from your day. I know it’s unlikely I’ll get a job overnight but I refuse to give up the search. I don’t (however) think that spending every waking hour applying for jobs is going to change anything, I need to feel content in myself too. With this in mind I’ve decided to set myself a challenge:

– The beginning of every week I shall apply for a maximum of 7 jobs that are tailored directly to what I’m looking for, 5 that are similar, and 3 that have some distant relation. I hope this will allow me to become open to a variety of different roles and potentially give me the opportunity to develop my skills further.

– I will chase up any vacancies I am yet to hear from and ensure I make a lasting impression on the employer (even if it’s one of annoyance, being remembered for your perseverance isn’t a bad way to make an impression)

– I will aim to attend the gym or do some sort of physical activity a minimum of twice a week, I believe this will benefit my mental state greatly and prevent the lows being REAL low

I applied for a voluntary role for a youth summer camp, it’s one week in August but you spend the week working alongside young people who have autism and/or learning difficulties, I have very minimal experience working with this unique group of individuals and I am more than happy to volunteer for a week if it means I can develop a better insight of those with attributes I’m unfamiliar with.

I have a long way to go and many plans for my future which I’ll share with you all at some point (I don’t want to jinx anything) Haha! But this process I’m going through is one of development, trial and error and finding what works best for me. I won’t give up (even though I’m sure I’ll face situations that will leave me feeling depleted) because I am determined to get to where I want to be. I want to make all those who support and believe in me proud of my progress and growth as an individual. Starting to believe I can make it is one way to do that.


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