Hey Spookies! Inspired by Jemma's instagram story a while back, I thought it'd be a good idea to have a think about what my 5-year plan would look like. At first, this sent me into a big ol' panicky spiral. Do I need to be thinking about kids?! Do I only have a few years of youth left?! How can I save for a house, kids, a second Masters and a PhD and have a life all at once?! Argh! It took a while to get to a set of sensible, achievable goals. Having something to work for and set goals are super helpful to me, so I'm glad I pushed through the initial panic to make this.
1. Find a job I love. // I started the new year by quitting my job. It wasn't the right environment for me, so I took the leap and left. I'm so incredibly privileged to have parents that can and will support me financially until something else comes along. I'm focussed on finding a job that's good for my career development and my mental health.
2. Finish my Master's Degree. // I'm still yet to start my dissertation, but my deadline is in April. Yikes. Just before Christmas I started really pushing to get the ball rolling, so here's hoping with a bit of focus and hard work, 2018 will be the year I finish my MSc in Animal Behaviour and graduate!
3. Have a few holidays. // Freddie and I went straight from university to living together, and haven't been all that lucky in finding full-time work, so rent and food has had to be our priority. In nearly 6 years, we've had 2 weekends away together, and 1 holiday with my family. We're so lucky and privileged to have that, but we'd love to do some travelling and see the world together before things like buying a house or having kids reaches the top of the agenda.
4. Be close to finishing saving for my second Master's Degree. // Whilst I've enjoyed my Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees, and adore writing essays and pouring over other people's research, I've discovered that doing my own scientific research makes me quite miserable. It's just not for me. I've also learned (£10,000 and years of stress later), that the jobs I'd want with animals aren't in the realm of research or academia. I want to run my own animal sanctuary, a goal you slowly work on through your whole life whilst doing something else to make money. Despite this, I desperately want to work towards a PhD, so I'm trying an alternate route. Becky's MA in Death, Religion, and Culture seems absolutely fascinating to me, and is something I have a huge academic interest in. I can spend hours reading books on Death and Culture. So here I am, saving up with the goal of trying a distance learning MA. Maybe Arts research is more my bag, and that's my joruney to a PhD and career I love.
5. Get engaged. // This is something Freddie and I have wanted for a while, but not until we can afford to start planning a wedding right away. Once we've had a couple of holidays and got some savings together, I'd love to be Mrs. Hall. Except not really, because I'll be keeping my name. You get the idea!
6. Begin my MA. // See my above ramble on why I want to do an MA even though I have an MSc.
7. Learn to drive. // As you'll see below, saving for a house is something in our future, and moving further out of the city centre would be far easier if we had a car and the ability to drive said car. Plus it'll open up more career doors. I'm going to have to get over my fear of driving one day.
Five Years & Beyond
8. Finish my MA and find a career I love. // You never know, the career might fall into place sooner, and finding a career I'm passionate about is absolutely one of my priorities. Freddie and I are both quite career driven, so we have each other as support, which is so bloody helpful!
9. Be saving for a house. // I'd definitely like to have at least some savings towards the deposit for a house. I definitely don't want to spend my life lining a landlord's pockets. Having a home to call our own (and fill with rescue animals) would be bloody lovely.
10. Be looking at PhDs. // Your girl is going to be Dr. Page one day. I'm bloody determined.