The last month has been a whirlwind of enforced life changes and big career moves. I finally feel like I’ve come to terms with my new reality and I’m excited to begin this next chapter with my boyfriend.
At the beginning of July I found out that I was being made redundant from my job as a Video Producer at a news publishers. This was my first proper job out of university and I have been with the company for over three-and-half years.
I have had the best time working there, I have learned so much about the media industry in a relatively short period of time, I met my boyfriend, and I worked with some lovely people who I considered my work family.
I felt so honoured to work for the company because at 15 I used to deliver and sell the newspaper that I would end up working on years later. So I feel sad to leave, but also excited because I am really looking forward to this new adventure.
During my furlough leave me and my boyfriend have been training to become TEFL teachers, in the hope that one day we can teach English in Thailand. I have dreamt about working in Thailand for the last five years and it is somewhere I have always wanted to live so I can immerse myself in Thai culture.
Unfortunately, due to travel restrictions and still being in a global pandemic, it is looking unlikely that we are going to be able to go this year. I am gutted, but I understand why countries are being very cautious.
In the meantime we are looking for employment as English language teachers in Europe. We are also going to be teaching English online until we can find a classroom job.
This period feels really unsettling and I am trying not to let my anxiety get on top of me, I am hopeful we will find a job abroad but I am nervous that this is going to take longer than I thought it would.
I feel like I’ve jumped out a plane without a parachute and I am free falling until I find my next job. It safe to say that I am totally out of my comfort zone but who is to say that this is a bad thing?