I’ve been back in London for a month now and people keep on asking how it’s going.
Well it’s going good. I’m not finding the transition from travelling to being back in London too bad at the moment, but I think that might be because I’m not yet back in full time employment and even better the sun is still shining 🙂
The last few weeks have been very hectic – what with moving back into my flat and unpacking, touching base with all my family and friends, helping the parents prepare to move house and making a little cash with ebay.
I think as this has kept me busy I’ve not had any issues with transitioning back – at some point I’ll need a job though….
This week I have applied for one job – the Expedia Pioneer travel blogger for the UK (I’m the one crawling out of a giant tortoise shell!) and I have another that I’m writing my CV for.
I’ve also attended an ICAEW technical update (that’s accounting). This was useful as they gave us loads of resources, including career coaching and CV help, which I’m very likely to be taking them up on!
What do I want to do though? Well the world is my oyster. A career break of a year has given me the chance to change my focus. I’m fairly certain I don’t want to go back to working for a bank, especially not Barclays, which has become a bit of a dirty word since I’ve been away.
What I would like to do is to use my accounting and Treasury knowledge in a different industry to help the forces of good rather than evil 🙂 It would be fabulous to turn my hobby of blogging into a job – you can see my application video for the Pioneer job here:
So moving on from the self promotion 🙂
What I would love is to work in an industry for something I’m really interested in – this could be wine or spirits, art, literature, or a charity that has a mission that I can relate to. I’m not sure of the specifics yet, but as I’m writing my CV I’m keeping these options in mind.
As for adjusting back to life in London – this is going well, I think the bigger transition issue will be that my parents are moving from their home for the last 10 years and the village I lived in whilst growing up. ‘Home’ won’t be home anymore – its moving to Bath! I’ve had the last summer party at theirs, the last open gardens weekend and the last meal down the Green Man Italian restaurant.
Obviously my parents are sad to move – but also excited, and Bath isn’t a new place for any of us. My sister Liz lives down that way, but its not so easy to get to from Camden!