Pauline
Subject: Theology
Student status: Home, Graduate
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Well  first of all I moved to London after I graduated and I wanted to study art and I started doing that but I didn't finish the course for reasons, because I had a few bereavements but the particular university that I was with wasn't very helpful.  They weren't really very accommodating so I wasn't able to finish the course.  So then I got a job in a junk shop in Camden Market which was quite fun for a bit but then I needed to think about finances so I left to get a job in a museum.  And it's not really what I had envisaged myself doing, working in retail in a museum after graduating from university.

The wage isn't particularly big, it's sort of just bearable and I know it's a lot better than lots of wages so I can't really complain too much but it's just quite difficult to know where to go from, I think everywhere wants experience, If you don't have the experience to do something than they're not going to employ you, so it's really difficult to actually get a job in the first place.   

I think most places, if you want to do something like in museums that's not in retail then I think most places expect you to do some kind of internships which really are dependent on you having quite a lot of money to be able to do that. I think it's quite elitist because unless you've got the finances to be able to work for free, then you're not going to be able to be in the kind of job that you might have seen yourself in before you went to university and it's quite a shame really. I don't know really what I want to do but I know I don't really want to do what I'm doing. If I had money I'd probably go back to university but I don't at the moment.