One year ago today
Today marks one year since I had a big fat public whinge. One year since I had given up on ever being a writer and was planning to au pair overseas indefinitely. One year since my entire life changed and I became the talk of a nation for a week, giving a voice to thousands of unemployed youth and pissing off a whole heap of narrow-minded people who called us entitled, who told us we were lazy yet who refused to give us a chance to prove them wrong. One year since my current boss contacted me off the back of my public whinge and offered me the job where I still sit today, because it’s a pretty sweet job.
I was the second biggest story for Fairfax that day.
A lot has happened in this past year, things I couldn’t imagine when I was at my lowest point this time last year, when I really was over the constant rejection from the 200+ jobs I’d applied for, because how much rejection is one girl supposed to deal with in her life before she says enough is enough? This was my enough point, the article spilled from me in an angry moment one Sunday morning, where I was fed up with my life as it was and decided to make some big changes.
I didn’t think that article would get me a job, honestly I didn’t think it would get me any positive recognition at all. What I was expecting was to piss a few people off and, having said what I thought about job seeking and internships, I would accept that my career was over before it barely begun and find a new path.
Boy was I wrong. And can I just say, to everyone who has supported me, from those who helped me get through my shitty unemployment, to those who came into my life as a result of my whinge, thank you so much.
So what’s happened since July 9th 2013? Well I’m glad you asked:
- I have a full time job as a copywriter/head of content management at an IT firm which I love and where I’ve made a tonne of friends
- I’ve had more freelance articles published in the last 12 months than I had articles in my portfolio prior
- I’ve been interviewed by radio stations, print media, online media and television and continue to field requests for interviews regularly
- I’ve spoken at a conference about youth unemployment and attended another about youth issues
- I sub-edit and write for a small street press alongside some of the best young minds the media has yet to truly discover
- I’ve not shut up about youth unemployment, internships and job opportunities and have got myself into hot water more than once because of it – just know I’m always fighting
- And finally, I started this blog which keeps going from strength to strength and makes me endlessly happy every time I sit down to write for it
I’m still a long way from my big goals but in this last year, I’ve come a long way and I’m taking the right stepping stones to get where I want, hopefully.
The only thing that hasn’t happened in this year that I wanted to? My article is still relevant. In fact, it’s probably more relevant today than it was last year, because this government does not understand or care about the struggles of young people today. That makes me sad.
So you know what? I’m not going to shut up, I’m not going to sit still and I’m not going to stop fighting.
Never stop fighting. Ever.