The whole process of job hunting didn’t start with a concrete plan. Sometimes I think it must be my subconscious mind wanting it to happen that led to the subconscious actions that made it possible. Some people call this the Law of Attraction, but this is only if things work out accordingly. If they didn’t, the positive ones see them as God’s plans.
Back in 2008, the construction industry in the UK was at a low point. It was extremely difficult to secure a full time, permanent position in any construction-related job. The recession, and the fact that I did not secure a full-time Part 1 position during my year out, was definitely a wake up call for me and Alex. If we wanted to stay in the UK for foreign working experience after our graduation, we would need sufficient time and financial resources to tide us over during the job hunt process. Asking for financial help from the parents was unfortunately not an option.
Upon returning to the university for my Masters course, I worked part-time as a barista. At the same time, we were lucky to have an opportunity to start a side business, for which we were indebted to my sister. Truth be told, the business was not intended to serve as a main income source at that time. All that went through my head was that if every item sold could profit me, let’s say £5, ten items sold in a month would contribute an extra £50 to my shopping allowance! Meanwhile, the salary
from the part time jobs will feed the piggy bank. That was my ideal thought, but it did not happen as planned. As it transpired, I was unable to resist the temptation of online shopping more than once!
It goes without saying that juggling between the hectic university workload, the part time job and the side business, was a difficult task. It could have ended very differently but I was blessed with my family’s continued support and having Alex to walk through the journey together.