I Love MCR | Photography

I love Manchester, I always have done and I’m sure that won’t change even once we’ve moved. Every corner of Manchester is different. It’s unlike anywhere I’ve lived before – It’s always lively and vibrant even when the street are empty. The people here can be a little mad (a guy followed me for a little while yesterday, calling me “puss in boots” until he got bored and started following someone else) but I love that!

In yesterday’s post I said that I’d gone out with my camera to avoid thinking about applying for jobs. I wandered around Manchester looking at it from different angles and trying to capture the elements of this city that I really love. I’ve been editing and playing around with the photos this evening and I’m pretty pleased with some of the results – let me know what you think.

The First Hurdle – Choosing a New Career

Today I sat down and thought about what I want to do in terms of my shiny new career. Nothing came to mind. I have absolutely no idea. I know I want to work for a charity, preferably one that works with children but that’s it. That’s all I know and my entire future rests on that (ok, well I might be being a bit dramatic there, but you get the idea).

So, rather than making decisions, I grabbed my camera and went for a walk. I think I’m starting to get quite good at running away from things in my old age. When I’d cleared my head a little I returned home determined to take the first step towards a new career, made a cup of coffee in the new machine my mum got me for this Christmas and sat down with my laptop.

Time to research a new career

I thought about what I needed to do logically and then took the following steps:

1. Google – I Googled UK based charities and made a list of them. I knew from the outset that, although one day I’d love to work for an international charity, that for the time being, I was looking for a UK based job so this was a good place to start.

2. Research I visited the websites of each charity and read what they do, what their mission statements are and where they work, crossing off ones that I didn’t immediately feel drawn towards. I think it’s really important to love what you do and, if you don’t fully agree with what a charity (or company) does and stands for, then the chances are, you’re not going to love the job. One things, for certain, I want my new career to be something I’m passionate about.

3. Listing Applications and Deadlines – Finally, I visited the “Careers” section of each website, considered the jobs that I thought I might be suitable for and made a list of them and what dates those applications close. This is when I had to brutally honest with myself and consider which roles I was actually suitable for even though it meant crossing a few really exciting sounding jobs off the list!

I then spent all afternoon filling out the first application from the list. It was seriously difficult, there was a long list of questions and only 5,000 characters allowed for the answers. Having said that, I’m confident that I was at least able to answer each question. Anyway, it’s done. I’ve taken the first step towards my new career and have a list to work through for the rest of the week.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to blog about every single application I do, I just feel like I’ve overcome the first hurdle in my new adventure and wanted to share.

A Short Note to Say Hello!

Hi,

I’m Dani and I’ve entered the new year Bright-eyed and Bewildered. About a month ago, in a moment of madness, I handed my notice in at work with no new job to move to. Don’t get me wrong, I love my office and the people I work with, which made the decision even harder to make, but I’m striving for a level of satisfaction that law just isn’t giving me. To make matters more interesting my husband and I have decided to move from Manchester, where we have been for the past three years, to London for a fresh start. Fortunately, Sean is more level-headed than myself and he’s simply transferring to his firm’s London office. I, on the other hand, am looking for a new job, in an entirely new field and different part of the country.

I’ve always enjoyed writing and thought that starting a blog now would allow me to share my journey. You can expect posts about searching for a place to live in London, looking for work in the charity sector and more general posts about food, health and beauty, and travel.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my page and hopefully you’ll enjoy what’s to come.

Hello readers