It has been 9 weeks today since I graduated from the University of Huddersfield, and yet that life seems so far away! It has been a completely different lifestyle change and every day it is changing still. Straight after graduating I went on holiday with my family for a week, which was a nice break, it was a bit like a detox of my old lifestyle before settling into a new one.
On returning from the Yorkshire sea-side, I had to settle into not being in education any more, and the daunting aspect of being a “NEET”, that’s Not in Education, Employment or Training. It felt like being in limbo, not knowing where, when or how to start the process of finding a job. The thing that I was least looking forward to was signing on for job seekers allowance, which is why I put it off for as long as I could. I tried for 6 weeks or so to find a job, applying daily as well as doing some voluntary work each week, to get me out of the house as well as something good to put on my CV. The voluntary work was also great to get use to the idea of working and getting my head out of its education style thought process. Whilst at university I have always been organised especially with my money, it has always came as a second nature to me (Hence the planners I make available to you all); and so it was fantastic to be able to finish my final year without needing my overdraft or having to break into my personal savings. When I graduated I was comfortably in the Black, but as the weeks of job hunting went by I got closer and closer towards my overdraft. I think when I had around £12 left in my account was the point when I had to face the fact that I will have to go to the job centre.
Little did I know that in the next week my luck would change! The day after I joined the job centre I got 3 interviews! and then in the next two following weeks I got a further 3 more! Of these interviews I have been offered two jobs, one was part time, which at the time I was thrilled to receive; but then I was offered a full time position in a company with opportunities to grow in. I am so happy and excited about my new found employment, but on the surface I am quite reserved, I am trying to stay cool and collected about it all, but honestly I couldn’t be happier.
I personally feel that my university course did help me prepare for “the big world”, I think I was lucky to have been able to build my confidence at university, through verbal presentations and assessments, working with the public as well as gaining a self confidence since being more independent. I also think that the “Fake It Until You Make It” workshop, provided by the university significantly helped me during these interview processes to stay calm and confident, both things that my new employer said is one of the reasons she was hiring me.
Now my plans for the future are to start my new job and hopefully love it! But of course Work is to Live and I do not plan to Live to Work.
I have family that I want to spend time with.
Finally I can start the process of saving away money so that I can one day open my own textiles homewares store. This will always be my long term goal, but at least I know now that I can now get my first foot onto that path now .
You should all be pleased to hear that my planners will be back!! 2015 is just a few months away so I have been getting it all ready for you! There will be 2 versions this year. One free one, which will be put up on my blog here for you, it is simple in terms of decoration, but pretty enough in my opinion! And a second one which will be up for sale for a very small amount on my Etsy Store (links to follow) This one is more decorated and the version that I will be using. The content of the two will pretty much be the same, it is just up to you which version you are wanting to use. You can download, print to A5 or A4 (or your US equivalent) and get your household organised!
Here is a sneak preview of the front cover of the planner which will be for sale on etsy:
So you can see there the bright colour scheme and pretty patterned front, just slightly different to last years. In my opinion both of the planners are improvements on last years. I have noticed areas of improvement and have made it easier to use and with more space for taking notes and a better Budget Planner! Hope you are all as excited as I am!!