Whilst reading this blog over the last month and a half it might have come to your attention that I haven’t been active in updating you with my latest experience adjusting to life in London and training as an investigative journalist.
There is one simple answer to this: I no longer live in London, I am not currently training to be an investigative journalist and from this post on I am no longer a Wannabe Hack.
After just a month living in Bethnal Green and at the start of my fourth week of my MA at City University London I made the very difficult decision to defer my place at City. Having spent the past weeks debating my choice I know now that I made the right decision.
Money was starting to become a problem and despite my best efforts to make savings, I knew that by the end of the course in June I would be completely broke having lived in London for a year without an income on top of the debt from my undergraduate degree. I am not for a minute suggesting that I am the only postgrad with money worries, nor am I looking for any sympathy, I am just outlining the factors in my decision.
It also became apparent that not being completely settled outside of doing the MA was hindering my learning. Now I look back and remember the days being at university all day until the evening and being too exhausted to eat by the time I had cycled the home with a pile of work to do before the morning. Doing sufficient shorthand practice became a particularly difficult task to keep up and it was an activity which I didn’t find stimulating. I recognise how important shorthand can be so I will look to master in my spare time over the next 10 months. My small and overcrowded flat also didn’t help my situation, it exacerbated my exhaustion and hindered my ability to learn.
So was it the wrong move in the first place?
When I was coming to the end of my undergraduate studies at the beginning of this year I worried about ending up at home and losing my independence. However now I am back from a difficult time in London, I have come to view living at home completely differently and am happy there, at least for now. We all have difficult periods that sour our view of a particular time in our life but I don’t hold that about my time in London, it just wasn’t the right place for me now.
It was a result of a rushed decision to plan the next career move after finishing my finals that didn’t work out how I thought it would. My desire to become a journalist remains but now is not the right time to be pursuing that goal in London and it is a career path which I do not want to rush.
So where am I now?
I now have a temporary job in publishing, though this is not a career path I want to pursue. The priority for me, as my course director at City has told me, is to earn as much money as possible before next September rather than to gain valuable industry experience. However, I will endeavour to do both where possible. Oh yes, and I’ll be making ale and cider from time to time too although, dear reader, please do not associate this hobby with some kind of drinking problem.
And so I bid you farewell as a Wannabe Hack and leave the site in the capable hands of my colleagues. I will be keeping in touch and guest posting from time to time and if anyone has any questions about my course or my decision please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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