Over the last six months, it's safe to say that we've all been on a rollercoaster of emotions and as the Industry at large begins to announce 'exciting new plans', 'tickets going on sale tomorrow' it launches me back into a funk of 'what the heck I am doing, then?!'. The truth is that it's crucial more than ever to keep focused and looking forward to your final destination setting your own timeline. Here are a few things to help on the journey:
1) Know your values (Inspired by our latest Reality Check interview with Vicky Graham)
This is one of the most important things to have in your locker when job hunting. At the moment, you may be feeling low because you're doing temp work, not working in the industry you love or just not working at all. But the key is to not let these temporary emotions take ownership and result in a 'just take anything' future career.
Write down a list of things that drain your energy in a work environment. Knowing what drains you ensures you know what get's you going. Can you answer this? Knowing what your values are will help you identify and apply to jobs that will make you work to the best of your ability (and be happy!). Take the job that pays the bills but don't make the career move you don't believe in because of the temporary stage we are in.
Here is an article we found that will help you find out what your values are.
2) Let's get personal
Setting goals for myself is something that has always kept me motivated, in both work and in my personal life. I think a lot of people (women especially) set themselves the personal goal of being married/engaged by the time they are <insert any age under 30 in here>. I call BULLSHIT. Setting personal goals should not be confined by age; it is a goal, not a trap! So, when it comes to personal goals, be that starting a family, or going travelling, or whatever it is that you want to do outside of work, MAKE THEM, but make sure you give yourself the freedom for them not to be constricted by time. Otherwise, you'll only make yourself miserable. AND WHAT IS THE POINT IN THAT?
3) Look after the pennies
As the saying goes... the pounds will look after themselves. Whilst we are probably all (anyone else out there?) struggling financially at the moment, it's important to keep your smart cap on and make sure you are still saving for the future. It doesn't have to be a huge amount, but looking after your future self will be something you will always be 100% grateful for.
Here are some ways to explore when it comes to saving:
4) Something to look forward to
You may have had to take a job that is out of our industry whilst you await it's recovery and that is TOTALLY FINE. But don't swear off the Arts entirely. Give yourself a reminder of the reason you committed to this industry and book a theatre ticket for the future, even if it is for May next year. Giving yourself something to look forward to will help you realise that you won't be in your current predicament forever. WE WILL BE BACK.
5) Looking after your mental health
It would be no surprise to anyone if our mental health has been suffering over the last six months. To help combat this, I do one thing every day that my future self will thank me for. If that is going for a walk to clear my head, choosing to cook a delicious meal instead of ordering another deliveroo (that I can't really afford), or calling to check in on my parents. This is all so important to me, but everyone is different, please remember to check in with yourself; give MIND a call or talk to a friend. There is no shame in opening up and we WILL NOT BE DEFEATED.