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March: An Ending Month

3/1/13 by Dean

With a few exceptions, March will be my last month at university. I'll still have two exams to sit and do a presentation of my dissertation project at some point but other than that I'll be done with uni at the end of this month. Hopefully I'll be graduating with a degree in computer science. In honesty though, I have no set plans for what I'll be doing after I graduate. I have nothing set up, which is a little scary I guess.

I've been doing a fair bit of thinking recently about what I want to do after I graduate. Right now I'm pretty set on the idea of trying to find work in Edinburgh and then move there. Or somehow move there and then find work. Either way, moving to Edinburgh is at the front of my mind right now. It's something I've decided I'd like to do sooner rather than later. I'm just not so sure how easy or hard the whole process will be. As of right now I don't live too far from Edinburgh. I can get their in about an hour to an hour and a half by bus, so I'm assuming if I were to find a job there I could commute from my home town for a while until I have am income to pay for my own accommodation.

Speaking of accommodation, that is another thing that I've been thinking about. How weird would it be to start a life in a new city on your own? Ideally I'd probably have wanted to move to Edinburgh with flatmates but at this stage most people have already had regular flatmates for the past few years so I'm probably out of the loop in that regard. How knows, maybe I will find some flatmates if I do end up moving to Edinburgh. Although if you could afford to, would it be better to live on your own? I guess I'd prefer the social aspect of living with people but having said that, they'd have to be people I got on with pretty well. I guess I can only think of a small handful of people that I wouldn't mind living with.

There's a few reasons that I want to move to Edinburgh. Firstly, it seems like the logical choice if I want to get a software related job. Ideally I'd like to be doing something like web development rather than developing standalone software, but who knows what I will or wont end up doing. There's still no guarantee that I'll even get a job in this field. Maybe I'll get lucky. Another reason that I want to move to Edinburgh is for a fresh start. I don't mind living in my current town but my best friend moved away a while back and I've started to grow distant from the rest of my chums. It's a bit lonely here. Moving to Edinburgh isn't really a simple fix for that issue but at least I'm likely to get speaking to new people or get to know some of my chums who already live in Edinburgh a bit better.

So yea, I don't really have a great deal to talk about this month. Again.


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DromedaryDromedary

3/29/13

you still alive homeboy?

3/29/13 Dean responds:

Apparently. Yesterday was my last day of uni. Now I just have my dissertation to write over Easter and 2 exams to sit. Almost a free man! Until I jet a job.


I think it's kinda nice that you share your thoughts and feelings with us. I remember when I was done with the university and had to search a job, a new life... In fact, I did what you want to do: I made a fresh start, in a big city, Berlin in my case.
It was different at first, the first couple of months were rather hard, I'll have to admit that, but as soon as I got my first connections, I'll start to like it :D

Nowadays, I'm almost ready to leave this city and move back home. I'm in the right age to found a family, and quite frankly, I would rather raise my kids in the area where I grow up once, not here. Plus, a lot of my old friends (some of them I know for 20 years and longer) returned and life there. How knows? Maybe your friends will return once upon a time. Till then, give it a shot and try something new, mate!

And btw, for all I can say, you made a good decision about your job choice. Any software related job has a good potential out there. I understand that you are a little scared (that's only human), but your future may look brighter then you think right now! :)
I'll drink a Stout on your healthiness,
Cheers,
Frank

3/19/13 Dean responds:

Thanks for the words of wisdom!

I'm now set on the idea of moving to the city after I graduate. If I was to stay in this town, it'd be a dead end for me as there really isn't all that much in the way of software development jobs around here. At least, none that I could find. Plus I think the transition of small town boy to city boy might be quite exciting. City centres aren't something I'm used to.

Moving back home to start a family sounds like an interesting idea. I hope that works out well for you!


i knew all of this before you posted this blog, i feel like your BFFL

3/1/13 Dean responds:

I'm surprised people even read this shit. It's kinda gotten to the point where I feel like I HAVE to make a new post on the first of every month. It's tradition now.