And next thing I know it’s 2015 … and almost the end of January!
I’ve been so fortunate to have gotten work every single week since I arrived in Bergen five months ago. It’s what I hoped for, and I don’t take it for granted at all. Working a 9-5 does use up almost all of my daily energy though, and I haven’t found time for much else. Two weeks before the end of 2014 however, I began sending out applications to design firms in different European cities. It’s only been a month since I started design job-hunting, and a response I received last week kept my hopes up—an internship opportunity in Copenhagen.
As I’m nearing six months of nonstop work, my desire to get experience in design is growing stronger. It has made me think about that quote: “It’s better to be at the bottom of the ladder you want to climb than halfway up one you don’t.” I feel so old as it’s gone three years since I graduated and haven’t gained design experience. People have pitied me, but I’ve assured them that I’m glad I experienced what I’ve experienced; I have learnt and grown in ways I wouldn’t have had I taken another route.
I’ve given myself a deadline to aimless working. Come March and I haven’t landed a job in design here in Europe, I think it would be best for me to start from scratch (Manila!) and give myself the experience and exposure I’ve so long craved. I’m thinking designing anyone’s apartment for free! Yes, I’m that desperate. Like, what’s the point of having worked so much and not invest into my future? I’d get so much more [design] out of a budget in the Philippines than I would here in Europe. And then there’s that three-month internship opportunity I’ve gotten in Copenhagen to look forward to!
I used to be so not okay with not knowing what was going to happen in the next months to come. But if I had to pick the one most important lesson 2014 taught me, it’s that anything can change in an instant. Life’s full of surprises. It’s only in the past few years that life rocked my boat. And although it shook it real good last year, I can confidently say it made me stronger. And I feel I’m ready to go on with life.
The past five months have been a stall in my path to my dream career, but having earned a bit along the way, it hasn’t been a waste at all. One more month to go, and I’m willing to let life take me wherever it wants to take me … as long as it’s on a path of design. ♥