Polly digs… mini breaks

Polly digs… mini breaks


Welcome to our blog series ‘Polly digs…’ , in which we chart the highs and lows of DigVentures’ own social media and community intern on her mission to find a job in archaeology!

Hi there! My name is Polly, and I am DigVentures’ communities and social media intern. I’m currently wading through archaeological career paths with Joe Flatman’s book Becoming an Archaeologist as my bible! I intend to keep track of all the experiences I’m going to face looking for life after university here in the Site Hut. Wish me luck!

May 20th 2013: the stats

Paid jobs applied for: 6 / Interviews for paid job applications: 1

Volunteering jobs: 2

It has been all quiet on the blog front recently. I have been needed back at home with my family, which has meant being out of London and cutting down on my working hours. It has also meant not being constantly on the search for jobs.

Leaving in a hurry one Monday morning two weeks ago to catch a train back to Bath, I was worried about work: what if I couldn’t find time to do this and that and what if a great job came along that I didn’t spot because I was out of the loop. Sometimes though, you have to prioritise and put something less important to the back of your mind.  Surprisingly, this can be really refreshing. After a while of adjustment, it was lovely to have a break from constant application forms and CV updates. The change of scenery made me feel normal and human again – especially after putting my little bubble-world into a bit of perspective.

Lots of people will be in their own little stress bubbles at this time of year. It is the time for deadlines, revising for exams, thinking about life after school or uni, worrying about getting jobs, moving houses etc etc.

To you folk out there, I feel your pain and I give you one tip of advice. Relax. Seriously.

Take some time, an hour, a day, a week and take a mini break. You will be surprised at the difference it can make to your outlook.

Make sure you do something fun that you don’t normally get as much time for as you would like. For me this includes shopping, playing board games with my family, visiting museums and watching Doctor Who.

I hadn’t intended to take a break from work, but arriving back in London this week, I felt I was rejuvenated and ready to take on the world. And the world responded –  fingers crossed for my interview next week!

Follow Polly on twitter: @ArchPolly

Are you going through the same thing? Or, do you remember the days when this was you? Get in touch with Polly  and share your experiences, send encouragement and suggestions, and of course – job opportunities…

Comments are open at the bottom of the post, or you can send her a message

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