So this is you. You are now into full time employment. Your first full time job, post-graduation. You’ve been at it for a while now, but you no longer find it challenging…enjoyable…progressive.
You hear from friends, and colleagues older than yourself “I did not love my first job, but it helped me get my foot in the door” well – now you have your foot in the door, you have a couple years of work experience under your belt, but you are no longer developing in the role, no longer finding it exciting. This isn’t your passion, are you just staying to beef up your CV?
How much longer?
Should you leave now? But what if you leave and you don’t find what you’re looking for?
On the other hand, you’re young, not married, no kids, no major obligations or commitments – what do you have to lose? If you don’t take the risk now, then when?
But what will my parents say? What will my friends think?
As cliché as it may sound, you only have one life to live. No matter what other people may think is best for you, only you will have to directly live with the choices you make.
In Freetown (and with my peers at least) there seems to be a struggle… the ultimatum of either working in a job you enjoy that may not necessarily pay well, or opting to go for a job that is not necessarily your passion, but pays well.
In working conditions such as the ones here, a number of young people do tend to go for the latter option. However, how long will you want to stay in a working environment where you may not be developing and/or enjoying?
I have previously touched on this on another blog post HERE and at that point in my life, I had just started a new job and was determined to make it worth my while.
Since then, I have had to put my creative publications and interests on hold so as to avoid a clash or conflict of interest. However, this year so far has been full of enlightenment. I would have never before considered myself a creative type, but it appears as though I am!
Not only do I run this my blog, but my friend Elaine and I are approaching two years of our Young In Freetown platform, which I spoke about in my earlier post HERE
The audience and scope of Young In Freetown has really grown and that is ultimately down to the never ending support from Sierra Leoneans both at home and in the diaspora. Feel free to follow and support us here >Young In Freetown
However, Social Media; the concept of running blogs, social media platforms, are still notions that are yet to be fully grasped and appreciated in this part of the world. I remember the reactions I would get from some people when I would talk about my blogging and considering going down that lane full time. Nonetheless, over the past couple of years alone, support has continued to grow and recognition towards the fact that what Elaine and myself are producing with Young In Freetown is our own small way of raising positive perceptions of Sierra Leone.
Reaching out to other parts of Africa, like the East, there are even more examples of some of my friends looking into going full time into content production.
Last year, I featured one of my closest friends Maryam
Since that post, she has acquired both an LLB and LLM, and was looking into practicing law full time. However, her YouTube channel has always been one of her many interests, and when she initially approached her parents about pursing her lifestyle and modest fashion focused channel full time, she was met with apprehension. A couple of months down the line, her channel and brand is growing from strength to strength and with that she has even been invited to give talks ranging from social media to Muslim women in social media. All of this from just taking the leap and going after what she really wanted.
Now, you may be assessing yourself, and realising that you may have other interests outside of your day job – your normal 9-5. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t make time for them or pursue them. I am slowly finding that more and more young people are fully embracing having some sort of side hustle. I think ultimately, that is how it should be. I believe that eventually, the long term plan is to have something that we can call our own, through working for ourselves. Why not start on it now, strike a balance between that and your day job and see where it takes you.
Sometimes, you just ultimately have to get out of your comfort zone and go for it, regardless of the fact that people might not understand or even support you at first.
This year, I am back, full force, and unapologetic about all my content.
Stay tuned and enjoy the ride.
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