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GRADUATE By Amy Hofton


It was two years ago that I earned the title of “graduate” and the feeling was better than I had imagined. My degree certificate represents so much more than an earned piece of paper for passing exams and assignments. For me, my certificate represents the tears shed as a result of stress over deadlines, the motivation and strength that I had to find to keep going, not forgetting the endless caffeine hits and endurance of “numb bum syndrome” from sitting in the same spot for hours on end in order to reach my finish line. When I became a graduate I gained a new found confidence in myself and discovered a lot about who I was and what I was capable of.


As soon as I achieved my new title I couldn’t wait to search for jobs under the “graduate” category on the net. It felt rather gratifying. Having studied Early Childhood Studies I was after a role either working directly or indirectly with children or young people with potential to develop. Disappointingly, not many of these roles existed in my desired location, however I applied to a few with unsatisfactory results. As pressure mounted to support myself I opted for a familiar role of a private nanny, this time working for Military surgeons in a highly responsible role working long hours. Alongside my full – time employment I also pursue my hobby of creative writing by writing regular blog posts for the “Grads” website, which is particularly fulfilling as I aim to relate to students and graduates whilst infusing inspiration and encouragement in each article. I also recently became a wife and a mother, and the phrase “a working mother’s work is never done”, is often at the forefront of my mind!


Looking to the future I am keen to continue in my current role as a nanny for at least the next year whilst I can focus on my main passion of being a hands – on Mum, whilst also continuing to pursue my hobby of writing. I can eventually see myself in a role where I am able to inspire others, be it through writing or perhaps something more vocational like teaching. I love the fact that I am a graduate and I look forward to the opportunities that await me with confidence and pride.


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