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Should I stay or should I go?


I finish university next year and find myself at a bit of a standstill. I don't know whether to take a year off after study and travel or to head straight to the workforce. I want to work in media so I fear that if I take a year away from that and don't have fresh work experience/skills I won't be able to get a job when I get back. On the flipside, I really want to go to Europe. I want to backpack for about three months then base myself in the UK and then travel again for another three months once my visa requirements allow me too (you can only travel 90 days at a time within 180 then you have to stay in the UK for the other 90). I'd like to intern a bit in London during that period to rectify this but I don't know how viable that will be. My main concern is that if I don't go after I study I probably never will. Once I start working I want to focus on it and my career progression and knowing myself I doubt I'll ever just pack up and leave my job to roam throughout Europe. I'm really unsure of what to do.

Any thoughts you caould shed would be really appreciated.

I'm not sure if this was the right forum to post this in but the Savvy one isn't very active and there seems to be a lot more users in this one.

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Bubbles12 Bubbles12 3 years
I'm with Henna. I work in London occasionally and it's an extremely exciting place to be. England of all places is a hot spot for emerging TV technology with a lot of experimentation and new companies thanks to the government's investment. It's the place to be for emerging media use. There are two other options if you can't get the internship. One is more school. You could go to grad school (Cambridge has strong media funding) there or elsewhere like Italy. Or if you know you're disciplined you can do something far more adventurous. Come up with a media project and get grant funding and go create something you care deeply about! Pick a topic, explore Europe to get interesting insight and imagery and create a web site, a film, a theater performance and/or presentation for Ted or The Moth. Be a journalist and a storyteller. That would be a truly amazing resume piece, and experience. "Work" is the value you bring the the culture you live in. Make it an adventure. You're in the perfect field for that.
henna-red henna-red 3 years
I'd suggest you start checking out London for that internship. You sound like a person of strong desires...a lot of follow your heart and listen to your intuitions. If it's important to you to backpack through Europe, if that's something you really want, then go for it. And start looking for that internship now. Media is always going to be a tough place to work...particularly for women, who have to work harder to get in from the get go. But being a well rounded, traveled, experienced person can't do anything but help you, IMO. And just the experience of following through, doing something that really excites you, will set you up to continue doing that in your career. Follow your passion, and use that great brain, and initiative to facilitate your trip. Best of luck, in travel and in your career choices. :)

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