My alarm clock wakes me up for the first day of my internship at BCM. I am excited, nervous, anxious and also very, very tired, seeing as I haven’t had a reason to wake up anywhere before 10am for three years. The first couple of days are fun and I learn more about how the world works outside of student life than I thought was possible. Though my co-workers inundate me with knowledge (and reports), there were some things that I learned about ‘real life’ along the way that I thought would be useful for people coming up to that bridge.
- You need to buy more clothes. You know that one good pair of jeans and those three ‘nice’ shirts you own? Yeah, you won’t last a week without people noticing that you only own one pair of jeans and three ‘nice’ shirts. This is the real world. Wearing your pyjamas all day is no longer viable.
- You will be expected to, you know, actually work. (Crazy, right?) After the initial rush of the first couple of days you will realise that having 1500 words to write over 2 months, in a place where you can take a break every hour to play games is an absolute breeze.
- Adult Go Cards will drain your savings. Seriously. Expect to double your travel expenditure as soon as that card turns blue. If I was still a student I could catch the bus AND throw $20 a week to charity (read: ‘bottle-o’) and I would be in the same place as I am now.
- You will learn the value of time. You will learn why your parents got so mad at you when you got cranky about having to hang out the washing. You will appreciate it SO much more when your housemate/significant other/parent has dinner waiting for you when you get home. You will find yourself spending your free time actively doing stuff rather than refreshing Facebook waiting for your friends to have children so you can instantly block them from your news feed. #Idontcarewhatyourbabyatetoday
Working full time has been an awesome experience. Granted, it has only been two weeks. I’m sure after 30 years it might get a bit tiresome, but in an industry where you can potentially get paid to write egg puns all day, it can’t be all that bad.
Yeah, thanks alarm clock, but I have already woken up.
Todd O’Brien is a Social Media Intern at BCM