July 05, 2016

Life Update: Leaving University & My Part-time Job


The past few months have been absolutely hectic for me. At some points I thought it would never end, but then, in a click of fingers, it was all over. I've finally finished university and resigned from my part-time job of four years. So, I thought a little update was due.

I handed in my 'dissertation' five days early, so that I could participate in one last summer work placement before delving into the world of full-time work and endless obligations and responsibilities. A few people have pointed out to me how crazy that sounds - that I took on another work placement when I'm actually going to be working for the foreseeable future. I accepted the work placement because, quite frankly, they're hard to come by in the legal sector, and I hate turning down opportunities like that. I bet there were other applicants who were dying for that experience, so it would be silly of me not to take it.

People always say to 'make the most' of university because 'those three years just fly by!' Well, for me that could not have been further from the truth! I didn't really enjoy my time at university; commuting to central London was tiring; my course leader was less than useless and so disinterested in her students it was a joke; the social life at my uni was non-existent and I hated watching everyone I went to school with jetting off on fancy holidays and buying designer bags while I had to reserve my money for train tickets and stationary. I told myself 'good things come to those who wait' at least ten times a day, and I'm hoping that proves to be true in the coming months. I did, however, make a few really good friends at uni, and I really hope we all stay in touch.

My final day at Clarks was Saturday, 25th June 2016. I honestly thought I would cry on my last shift, but I think by the time my shift ended, I was over it. I'd done the whole 'emotional exit' when I handed in my notice, and it had all felt final long ago. 

I started at Clarks in May 2012. It was my third, and best, part-time job and I got a lot out of it. However, I also got way too emotionally involved in the work, the place and the people there, and at times I got overly stressed, considering it was just a part-time job. There's no denying it, at times I was a bit of a diva. There were many unnecessary tears and tantrums, but I was under a tremendous amount of stress working plentiful hours, studying toward a law degree and partaking in relentless screaming matches with my mum on the side. Perhaps things would have been different if I had kept it as a Saturday job; I was saving to move out though, and I regularly worked between 16 and 35 hours a week. Despite it all, I take away nothing but happy memories; I'll always look back fondly on my time at Clarks. My boss, Deb, was so good to me. She always allowed me time off to participate in work experience programs and to attend blogging events; she gave me all the hours I needed to afford to move out and she shared hilarious (repetitive) stories and gossip with me. She's a character - one that I'll never forget. I honestly don't think I'd be the same version of myself that I am now without her or without Clarks.

Clarks also provided me with my partner in crime. I don't know how I would have got through the last four years without S. I'd virtually given up on the concept of friendship when we met, but by the time I resigned, I couldn't imagine my life without her in it. 

Working in retail isn't all bad. I hated the fact that I hadn't had a weekend or bank holiday in five years and I hated the fact that many of the customers were rude and a real test of patience. A couple even made me cry, which is no easy feat! It's also hilariously funny though, and the people you meet are cracking. 

I was completely surprised that on my last day, the kids team bought me a lovely bunch of glittery, pink flowers and a Debenhams gift card. I very rarely worked in the children's department (because I avoided it at all costs. Even the thought of it sends shivers down my spine and my deepest sympathies are reserved for all those who have to work up there this summer... you poor souls) and the girls up there were younger than me. Towards the end, I didn't really feel like I fit in anymore; all of my friends had left way before me, and there was a newer, younger workforce. So, I was super appreciative that they made so much effort to give me a good send off and they all said some lovely things to me and reassured me that I would be missed. S bought me a box of my fave chocolates (praline, duh) and a bottle of prosecco (girl knows me too well), too. Aren't I spoiled?!

So, what now? Well, as you sit and read this, I'm headed to Amsterdam with my lovely boyf. I'm sure I'll be telling you all about my trip soon! When I get back, I start my first full-time role as a paralegal. I am absolutely ecstatic to have landed the role I so desperately wanted and so quickly after leaving uni! I just hope I enjoy it as much as I've anticipated. I can't wait to spend more time with the people I love, now that I've got my weekends back! I also plan on jetting off on a few fancy holidays myself, now that I have a proper income. I'm also moving out this summer, becoming an auntie and starting my Invisalign dental treatment in January, all of which I intend to post about. There are plenty more life updates to come! Life is finally looking up!
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  1. This is SUCH an exciting post - you remind me of me this time last year! Enjoy your holiday and good luck with the new job! :) xxx

    Sarah / Sarah Smiles

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  2. Well done you - this seems like the perfect time for the quote 'The best is yet to come!' I hope you have a lovely holiday and good luck with your new job. P.S the cat card is SO cute. x

    www.heygeorgiegirl.com

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    1. Thank you very much! :) I love my card!xx

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  3. congrats on the new job lovely! I hope you really enjoy it! :D and have fun in Amsterdam!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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    1. Thank you! I'm so nervous haha! We've been in Amsterdam for about an hour. It's lovely xx

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  4. I had a similar experience to you at uni - my tutors couldn't care less, I was endlessly poor and everyone else I knew that went to uni seemed to be having a much better time than me. In the end I was so relieved when it was all over! However, now you have your degree, and you can go on to do wonderful things after you get back from Amsterdam! I hope you have a fab time on holiday - you deserve it!

    Steph - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

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    1. Thank you for your kind words! I'm at the airport now, waiting for my flight home; we've had a lovely holiday and I can't wait to get back home and into my new job, now! Glad to hear I'm not the only one who had a less than desirable uni experience! You're right though, once you have your degree, nobody can take that away from you xx

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  5. Nice sharing! Glad to read your post!

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  6. Ahh YAY this is SO exciting lovely, it's always so refreshing to start a completely new chapter! I hope you had the best time in Amsterdam, can't wait to follow your journey this summer! :)

    Hayley xo
    www.frockmeimfamous.com

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    1. We had an amazing time in Amsterdam, thank you! Holland is such a lovely country! It is refreshing but also very scary! It was my first day today and I've been so nervous! Thanks for reading :)

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