As a 2020 graduate COVID-19 has shattered many of my initial plans not only academically but also financially. I am not mad but in fact grateful for the opportunity that this pandemic has given me to reevaluate my goals, passions and prospects entering my first year as a film production graduate.
Lockdown most definitely isn’t a death sentence for recent graduates but an opportunity.
This pause on life has been truly eye-opening and I can’t lie I have found myself in a rut more times than I can count on two hands ~ lacking motivation, the constant distractions and studying in coffee shops have become a far distant memory. This is completely normal and definitely something not to beat yourself up over.
Throughout this period what I have learnt is the self-discipline to achieve greatness despite unheard circumstances. No one has experienced anything like this before, there is no guide on how to successfully conquer lockdown but what I do know is that you need to do whatever you have to do to survive during these unprecedented times.
This greatness that I speak of doesn’t have to be huge. I don’t expect anyone to be making huge strides toward their futures right now, though if you are in a position to do that I am extremely impressed.
Greatness can be found in the fact you got out of bed today, got dressed into semi-presentable clothing, did that zoom meeting despite the nerves ripping you apart inside, starting to outline the steps you will take once everything returns to a little normality in order to secure that career you always dreamed of, engaging in educational material that will further enhance your knowledge of your chosen specialism or even something completely separate that is of interest to you.
All in all as far as I’m concerned as long as you are working to better yourself and to take care of your own mental and physical health during this time you are doing great! At the moment just surviving is a huge challenge.
All of you are stars for surviving let alone making great strides toward your futures.
There is no rush or pressure to walk into a career straight after graduation. Take this time to evaluate your options, focus on what you truly want going forward and if what you discover isn’t what you originally expected that is OK.
Prior to lockdown, I aspired to have a full-time office job in London having secured interviews with large production companies within roles of broadcast scheduling, social media and marketing.
Now I am grateful for my time in lockdown having taken a full 180 in my career goals and ambitions. Coronavirus has given me the opportunity to pause for a moment and reevaluate my true desires.
Now this year is full of exciting projects, many of which stretching my abilities and giving me the opportunity to grow within my chosen field. While also working alongside such a great group of people. This is completely different from how I envisioned my life only 3 months ago.
No matter where life takes you, you are on time. Everyone’s journey is different, there is no one clear cut path to success and everyones path will take different twists and turns giving them different experiences and challenges along the way ~ and that is OK!
Coronavirus is just another one of those bumps in the road of your journey and what really matters is that you know you’re in exactly the right place and at the right time.
I would love to know in the comments what things you are grateful for that have come out of lockdown! Let’s start a discussion in the comments.
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