Hi, there the internet! It has been a while!
I thought I would return to my severely neglected blog to write about something I am going through at the moment and I’m curious if anyone who reads this can relate. You may ask “Is it publishing or book-related?” and I would respond with a “kind of?”
So basically, for those of you who do not know, I am currently undergoing a 2 years Graduate degree. One semester is done. Though it has been an incredibly educational experience, I can’t escape this FOMO( please excuse the expression) that is not being able to work a full-time job like many of my peers, and not wanting to be left behind professionally. A lot can happen in 2 years regarding one’s career. More specifically, I feel this rush or need to delve back into the publishing industry after a terrific experience I had interning for Scholastic Canada. You know, the children’s book publisher with the flyers, book fairs, and Guinness Book of World Records that for some reason you felt compelled to get because of the shiny cover but then realized it cost way more than your allowance so you settled for an eraser instead. . . no?…. Just me?
I digress. I do realize that as I write this, it is an incredibly fortunate problem to have. The fact that I am in a graduate program at all, the fact that I interned with a top publisher that got me excited to return. It is a fortunate position to be in. Despite the fortunate nature of the problem, what am I to do about it?
Well for one, I hope to return to this blog a lot more frequently than I have in the past. If I truly am as passionate as I claim to be about books and publishing you would think I could maintain a weekly blog. Alas, I was lax in that area. No more! If there is anything I can do to improve the situation, the first step would be to fill what free time I have with what I love to do, so hopefully, by the end of it I will have never left the world of books or publishing, merely shaped how it takes up space in my life.
In my limited experience, a career path is very much a journey, a continuous quest, and it does not turn on and off because you aren’t working at the moment or you are in school, or travelling, or doing something else. All of those things are a part of it. So I should make sure that I show up. Physically and mentally in the spaces, I hope to work or build a network. This is something I could do better in.
Can you relate to this? Is this something you have felt before in any regard? Let me know in the comments. Thank you for reading my insecurities.