Recently I got the job I have always wanted.
I graduated last year without having a clue what todo. Granted, The Olympics managed to distract me for a few months but when I came home afterwards, and down from the Games Buzz…I realised I didn’t know what I wanted to do full time, permanently…forever and always.
So…back from the job of my life…trying to find a job for my life. I managed to secure a role working in a hotel for a few months, but instantly I knew it wasn’t for me. As I began exploring life as a full time employee working in an office, I realised that we, as a human race, are insane. Humans aren’t meant to stay in one place for long periods of time hunched over a computer – it’s bad for mental health, for our eyes, for our backs, for our weight, for, just everything.
With this complete unrest, I sought change – for as we all know, we don’t change what doesn’t hurt us.
What surprised me was that many of the people I spoke to told me that ‘This is the way it is’, ‘You go to work and pray for 5pm’, ‘A job is just to get the money in’
Oh…was I fantasising? Was I meant to settle for something I might like, only sometimes? Did this job I completely loved exist only in my mind?
For around almost a year I searched and trudged through job applications, interviews, rejections, ignored communications until finally, one day, what seemed to be the right timing, I got the attention of a company I wanted to work for. With a little bit (a lot) of persistence, hard work and some balls (and the luck of being offered another job), I got the one I wanted.
These guys, well, We – are an event company based in Dublin. Within my first week I was in the Irish Georgian Society building, out on Lough Dan in Wicklow, Marley Park and many more places. Yes I was out of the office and on site! There is always office work in planning events, but the balance of office/site makes me happy.
Last weekend I was working an event in Kilkenny. I was there for about five days including the build, event and load out. On the last day we were removing the marquee and stage – it was lashing rain, windy, freezing cold. I was wearing jeans, walking boots and a raincoat (my regular uniform)
It was the moment when I stood in the middle of the marquee as the stage was being removed when I thought
‘I love my job’
I bloody love my job. Yes I may be cold, tired and wet, but i’m having fun. I’m working with some fantastic characters and always meeting new people. I love the thrill of running the event. I love managing the creation of it and making sure that when we leave, it was if we were never there.
I wanted to share this as I have spoken to friends and colleagues of my experience over the last year and how it’s so important to me to have a job I love, as to me, it is my life. Many friends don’t enjoy their job, or they like it, but want to move to another area.
What I want to say is that if you want it – go for it. And keep going. It will be hard, but it will be worth it. The point where you’re in the pits of darkness and feel like you’re going nowhere – that’s when you’re going somewhere. Remind yourself of that, even though you won’t believe it when it’s happening, just keep going.
Keep Going. Don’t give up.