The job hunt dilemma: something I could do vs something I love

Firstly, my apologies for my shoddiness of blogging over the past few days. I have two that have been written but they ideally need photos to go with them, and of course my camera is on the blink. But I shall tinker with it tonight and attempt to get them up there - this may be a very blog-tastic week.

Anyway, today's blog, which was inspired by this weekend's visit to London and a long gossipy afternoon with my best friend over lunch and cake. As I've mentioned previously, she recently got a job working in London - nothing fancy, just admin for a training company, but so far she seems to be really enjoying it and is good at it, to the extent she's in line for a promotion within the next few months (which I am chuffed to bits for her about) - and she has inspired me to get my bum into gear and start applying for jobs again, as I've been really terrible about that over the last few months. I could use the excuse that life got in the way, but to be honest it hasn't; I'd just rather spend my evenings watching trashy telly and relaxing. But no more!

So I've started seriously looking at job websites over the past couple of days, and there is plenty of decent stuff out there. I've spotted a couple of writing jobs for charities, plus an internship writing for a consumer website, which would be perfect for me as it would enable me to write for my living and boost my profile in that area. However, they're either paid too highly for a second job, or they're only short term contracts - anything from three months to a year - but that's still a foot in the door for future writing jobs. On the other hand, there are also a fair few admin jobs knocking around for good companies, but the pay is nowhere near as good as some of the writing jobs and I'd have to use leave to develop the writing side of it through internships and training courses. Then again, I'd be in London and I'd have a job to go to rather than temping, which to be honest is where I want to be - at the risk of sounding melodramatic, the closer actually moving gets the further away it seems. (I should also add that there's absolutely nothing wrong with temping, but I'd just feel more secure if I knew I had a job waiting.) I'll probably still apply, because I've got nothing to lose by doing that and getting an interview, but it's what happens after the interview. I think it's also tangled up with getting a job I realised I didn't actually want when I was in an 'I just want to be in London' mode previously and turning it down, and feeling like the next job in London I get I'll have to take, whatever it is.

So, is it better to take a job I could do, even though the pay might not be fantastic and it might not be my 'dream', whilst using leave to do internships and writing courses, or to hang on for something closer to what I'd like to do with my life and write for a living? I suspect that the decision will be made for me if I don't get something before I leave, as temp jobs for writers aren't exactly ten a penny, but I'd really like to know people's thoughts. In the meantime, I'm off to finish a job application...

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