• Alexa Dione Francis

Welcome to Adulthood

I'm back! I'm alive!

It's been a minute or rather...*cough* four months...but nonetheless here I am with a perfectly good explanation as to what I've been up to in the four months I have been SLACKING with my supposedly "regular" blog posts. If I'm being honest, this post has been in the works for at least two months now. Time management is very much something I'm still not great at.

When I started this blog, I was adamant that I would do fortnightly blog posts so that I could keep on top of it without overwhelming myself. Clearly this didn't pan out and I found myself mostly writing when I was having a really hard time or just wasn't feeling right as a way to vent. Time for a change I think.

I've got a new look for my blog, its had a little makeover and I'm ready to commit to writing more often now that I don't have the excuse of being in full-time education and working four jobs (0/10 by the way, do not recommend). A little excessive and very time consuming.

So, I have completed my education. It's weird. Having been in school since I was four years old to turning twenty and having finished education completely. What the hell do I do now? I've talked about it before but after I took my A Levels at my high school Sixth Form (out of blind panic because I wasn't ready to leave high school) I decided to go onto study for a further two years at Suffolk New College. I recently got my results back and am the proud owner of three grade 'B' A Levels in Creative Media Production and Technology that sit comfortably with my 'B' in English Language and 'C' in Health & Social Care that I achieved in Sixth Form.

For my final project at college, I made a sample of an original magazine that I created myself, teaching myself a software that only one other person in the college knew how to use, writing all the articles myself, designing the magazine and getting it printed. I'd never done anything like that before and I was on a shorter time limit than the previous year. I don't know why I make things harder for myself, I could have built on my project from the first year but nope. I want to do another post solely on my final project as it took so much time and effort; I worked too hard on that to not share it!

In previous posts I have mentioned that University isn't for me and if I were to go now, personally, I would be going just because it's just what you do at this age. So, back to the whole 'What the hell do I do now?' question; I'm getting there in baby steps. And I think that's okay. At twenty years old, it shouldn't feel like I am running out of time to get my life together. I am also hoping to be a good example of how Uni isn't the only way into the working world.

At the moment, I am working two part-time jobs to be able to afford adulthood (it's all downhill as soon as you turn eighteen, being a grown-up is a CON) but I have been lucky enough to be interning at a publishing company with a lovely magazine editor which I am enjoying so much. I've very recently had the opportunity to write for The Suffolk Resident magazine's September issue which is amazing to see my name in print! So far this experience has been invaluable and I'll be really sad to leave but I am hopeful that other places can give me the same opportunity which will allow me to grow as a writer, understand the industry better and I can work my way up.

I don't have a "dream job" as such. People that know exactly what they want to do and know how to get there are so incredibly lucky. From working with/for a magazine editor I have learned a lot and have a much stronger direction of what I want to do career-wise in the future which is a lot more than what I had a few months ago.

However, there's no right or wrong way to go about securing a career. You may do a degree at Uni and have a way of getting a foot in the door because you have the qualifications required but still have to start at the bottom and work your way up which is fine! You may opt to not go to Uni and have to work a gazillion rubbish jobs to earn money while interning and working for free at anywhere that'll take you so you can get experience to then get a job which is also fine! The end result is almost always the same.

I've met people where I am interning that have a degree in what they're doing and got the job and I have also met people that do not have a degree but did so much work experience over a few years and get the same job as those who went to University. Also whatever route you go, you're bound to be earning a really crappy wage to start with so we're all poor and very much in this together, we're just doing it at our own pace.

Either way, you're doing fine. Even if what you're doing right now isn't where you wish you were, be patient and be prepared to work until the end of time to get in to where you do want to be (it's not fun and I'm only at the beginning of this whole 'proper adult career building thing') because even if you're the laziest person ever, if you want something badly enough, you'll do something about it.

Anyway, I'll shut up now, this post is already at a thousand words.

See you soon!

All my love,