In that time, I went to Milton Keynes to interview for the position RE: my last post. I arrived to a field of concrete cows, commuting and downright confusions. The place didn't inspire me one iota and it appears that transcended somewhat into my performance on my placement-day. The job itself was all I could ask for, but the cost of living and logistical issues meant that before I was even rejected, I'd dotted metaphorical question marks around whether I could go for it.
A month of being frustrated at applications later, I got a call from the local Gamestation I'd handed in a CV too back in July. A quick interview later and I had a temporary seasonal position. I'm contracted until January. This is almost perfect for me, as in the new year if something more permanent hasn't arisen, I plan to move.
With no job.
And start again.
I've become convinced that the main drawback of my CV isn't so much a lack of full-time experience (friends who graduated with me have managed to succeed), but a simply awful postcode. Those seven characters that tell the nation where you're a product of.
Well hello, my name is Stuart Edwards. I'm currently residing in West Cumbria. You don't want to read any further? Of course you don't.
I'll be slugging it out for the remainder of the year in between part-time work at Gamestation. It's surprisingly fun, technical and rewarding so as far as interim jobs go, I couldn't do better on the west coast of the Lake District.
But I'll do better when dazzled by the bright lights of the/a city. 2012 is a pivotal year for me and I have no intention of letting it pass me by.
With youth unemployment figures recorded today at their highest since 1992 (at just over 21%) it's a perilous time to be a graduate. But it's also a time filled with creative opportunity to stand out.
But first? Time to get out.