Life post Graduation

I am officially done with my degree in industrial engineering now even though I will stay enrolled until the end of term for insurance and pension reasons. Alas, this means I will have to find a job but I still have no idea what I want to do. Sure, I’d love to work for ESA the European Space Agency but that sounds highly unlikely. I would also love to write a book (lol, I know) or get paid for watching TV but those are all not very realistic scenarios.

My options are not limitless or better so, I am limiting myself by region. This is something I never thought I would do but things have changed and I have to adapt. I have a house to think of. Of course I could rent it out but that would mean cleaning it out first, and it is full of mine and Mom’s entire life. I have more stuff that I care to have but that doesn’t mean I can easily get rid of these things either. Also, getting a decent tenant is not the easiest thing these days. You can get lucky, sure, but you can also end up with hoarders that more or less destroy your beautiful house. I am just not ready for that. I am not. I cannot pack my things and move on from here, I wish I could but it’s not just the house, it’s other things as well. There is my Grandma and the theatre that I love being a part of and don’t completely want to give up.

And honestly, at this point, I don’t care about going out into the world. I know I should. I am young, this is the time to do it, yada yada yada. I just don’t feel it, okay?! I want to go on long holidays like last year, maybe own a summerhouse by some gorgeous lake in southern Sweden but I don’t need to flee this country right now. No matter where you live, it’s never perfect so I’ll stay here for a while. Where I know what to expect and am integrated into the community.

Last month I met with my godmother, she lives in Berlin with her husband and our little city naturally was too small for them. Of course it was. Of course. I get it, you live in the capital, that’s awesome, I like the city very much but I don’t feel too limited where I am just now, thank you. Frankfurt and Cologne are not that far away and until American Eagle opens a store anywhere in Germany, it doesn’t really matter where I am as I found Marshmallow fluff in the grocery store. What more could I possibly want? – Ahoi chewy chocolate chip cookies, thanks for asking.

Despite my high flying dreams of what I would like to do, I will try and downsize it a lot, go for a big local company and see if they will hire me. There I can get a start, see if I am really as terrible at anything else aside from TV watching or not. Maybe I will even find something that makes me almost happy and I can deal with my emotional and stuffy baggage then. This sounds reasonably which means I will have to learn how to write applications and do job interviews now. After all, this is the first time in my life I am out of the educational system and without a specific plan for the future.

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  • I felt the same way when I finished my bachleor’s degree. I had no idea what I wanted to do, and while I did have a job lined up at that time, I knew for certain that it was just a filler job that meant very little long term. It took me the better part of a year to figure out what I wanted to do (which at the time was to go to grad school), though I realize that may be much longer than it takes for most people.

    • I have come to the conclusion that it doesn’t matter how long it takes you in relation to anybody else. There are people that just know what they want to do and there are people like myself that will take a while to figure out what they want. And that is okay. If I wouldn’t have to think about where to work I would be more ballsy in my approach but I have to think about that.

      Are you happy with what you’re doing now?

      • Most days I am. My biggest gripe is that I feel I don’t paid enough to deal with the little things that come up on a daily basis that aren’t part of my job description but get sent my way anyway.

        On one hand, it makes me feel like I’m being taken advantage of by my employer for the fact that my skills extend beyond my job title (a fact that has occurred at every job I’ve worked for). On the other hand, it does show that my employer trust me to take on other responsibilities.

        • I get that! I wonder if that’s the general case with jobs. As I haven’t really worked, I mean I did but not full time, this is just speculation. It is most likely a sign of trust given from your employer to you but it is also a form of taking advantage.

          One thing I have and will always refuse to do on the job is making coffee. I don’t drink it and don’t even know how to make it but I was asked during many internships to cook coffee and it was always men that asked. I get that you’re the lowest in the food chain and thus get asked to do everyone’s least favourite task but I will not be degraded to my womanhood in that way.

          • There’s an older lady at my office who won’t let anyone but her make coffee. Her argument is that since she’s been there the longest, she gets to choose who makes the coffee. Her coffee is awful, but I’m not about to argue with her.

          • Haha, but she volunteers, it’s different than being asked to do so just because you are a woman, but that’s a topic for another time.
            Maybe drink tea instead? ;)

          • I do drink tea instead most days. Sad part is I truly like coffee, so the only good cup I get is the one I make at home before work.

  • As a follow up to the previous comment, I get your point. Making coffee shouldn’t be a women’s responsibility just because it’s “cooking”. or kitchen-related. Then again, I do 85% or more of the cooking between my girlfriend and I, so I may be biased.

    • That’s very admirable of you! I think it should be about who can cook better, not because of some stereotype.

  • rmiles

    Congratulations! And good luck in your future endeavors. Cheers!