This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
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.

Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56