28 April 2021

The past year has taught me that although I have the potential to achieve great things by myself, I can do so much more when I ask for help.

Katie Dines OutIn Katie's third instalment of her first year out diary she has some very exciting news - she's moved to London to start a job for a finance firm. 

Read Part 1 of Katie's Diary, published in September 2020.

Read Part 2 of Katie's Diary, published in January 2021.

Having a month...to leave my job, pack my things, and move away from my home and friends was a bit of a whirlwind.

Since my last graduate diary update a lot has changed. I left my job, I left home, and I’ve started my career.

The complacency I had been feeling in my last update didn’t disappear instantly. I still felt stuck, and I still found myself not being as motivated as I had hoped. I knew that I wanted to move away from Norfolk and begin my career, but I still couldn’t quite figure out how.

In mid-March I decided it was time to do something. I contacted a recruiter who helped my friend find a job, and a week and a half later I had signed the contract to start at a finance firm in London. The job was to start in a month. I was elated. Things were finally getting started.

Having a month, however, to leave my job, pack my things, and move away from my home and friends was a bit of a whirlwind.

Finding a place to live in a new city is hard enough but doing it in a pandemic adds in some extra hurdles. I was joining housing groups on Facebook, hunting online, asking friends if they knew anyone looking for a flat or a housemate. I had always imagined having a few months minimum to move, as you do for a grad scheme, and so this quick turnaround really threw me.

Thankfully, through reaching out I managed to find a place to live for a few months so I can find my feet in London before committing to a more permanent address. In all honesty it really is my ideal situation.

Katie's Commute
On Katie's new commute

Now I’m here, in London. And, although I’m two days into my new role, I can honestly say that it was the best possible decision for me.

The financial industry I am now working in is a complete change from the customer service role I had been used to over the past 9 months. I’ve gone from working from home to working in an office again, and it’s confirmed to me that I thrive when surrounded by my colleagues and faced with new challenges.

The past year has taught me that although I have the potential to achieve great things by myself, I can do so much more when I ask for help. By reaching out to others I secured a fantastic job, a great place to live and I’m the happiest I’ve ever been.

There was no way I could have done this alone and I think that’s why I had been struggling so much. Since my last update I have learnt to embrace the help offered to me both in my personal and professional life. As I settle into my new team and find my place I hope to continue with this openness and embrace as well as return the support.