It’s just not fair!

I have finally got my dream job.

I’m working as a writer. This is what I aspired to in school when I wrote for the yearbook, through college as I wrote for its newspaper and studied New Media and English and through local and national internships.

I have worked really hard to get where I am, and I’m proud to be working as a journalist for a news website. I write news and features, and even areas I’m not that familiar with like sport if needs be.

I get along with everyone in the office, they are a lovely bunch of people and we have a proper laugh in between changing the world through ethical journalism.

I don’t even mind the 2 hour commute… much!

“What’s the problem then, Katie?” I hear you ask.

The problem is, it is yet another unpaid position. I got experience with the Irish Times in fourth year in college, published 3 articles and researched many more for nothing.

Last summer I got my local newspaper hooked up on facebook and spend 3 weeks getting them followers equal to 15% of their readership and wrote some articles too. I got a goodbye lunch and an engraved pen, which was a lovely gesture.

Now I’m working with this community organisation and news website  and I love it so much. Teaching was great but I always knew it wasn’t what I wanted to do in the long run. This is it.

And I’m good at it.

I’m good at talking to people, and research and (surprisingly, given how rarely I can manage to catch a bus on time) even meeting deadlines.

Job satisfaction is important. And I’m getting that in bucketloads. But you know what else is important? Rent. Eating. Electricity. Gas. Alcohol.

Do I keep this amazing job that is currently COSTING me £70/week up, or go in to some crap admin job just to pay the bills.

That’s today’s rant. Life’s not fair. Wahhhhh!

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7 thoughts on “It’s just not fair!

  1. potatosandwich says:

    Katie,

    That crap admin job may well may the bills, however it will eat up a valuable 7.5hrs of your day where you are not writing and you risk loosing love and passion for thing you like the most. We all get opportunities in life, sometimes we see them, sometimes we are too blind as they brush against us. My advice, get an evening job whereby you still have the option to wake up fresh and early and use best part of the day to write – I think the world looks much better in daylight, why waste it sitting in an office regretting every minute.

    • Katie says:

      Yeah, luckily the place I’m working are very nice and quite flexible hours-wise. I’m still expanding my portfolio and hopefully soon I’ll have a part-time job to help with bills. And I can come on here for light-hearted, blowing-off-steam writing 🙂

  2. jishifruit says:

    Awww. And here I was wishing that I can find a job where I can do what I love. But being unpaid didn’t cross my mind. Yikes.

    I hope it gets better Katie. I know it will. :-*

  3. Subhakar Das says:

    If it’s not paying, it’s not your dream job, and if it’s not your dream job, why are you still doing it? That said, I wish you finding something similar that pays you loads.

    • Katie says:

      Thanks for the feedback, always appreciated. If you’re interested in reading the kind of stuff I actually want to get paid to write check out http://www.katieharrington.net

      I guess that post is a bit moan-y but when you move continent, try to furnish a house, find a new job and lose weight all at once things can get on top of you. I do use the blog to vent.

      Sincere apologies if that bothers you, my advice to you would be if you don’t like it don’t read it. Have s great day now you!

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