After graduating from George Brown back in April, I wasn’t really sure what was going to happen next. The thought of having to get a job and be out in the real world as an adult when I am only 22 was a bit of a scary thought. And even though that’s what is happening right now, I can tell you it’s still scary!
No matter what you take in school, the reality is that it will be somewhat difficult to find a job after you’re done. It is hard to stay motivated when you’ve applied to dozens of places and still haven’t found a job. For me, I was trying not to be super picky with where I applied to. I knew I didn’t want to work in a restaurant, but also didn’t want to work at a place where they only focused on making one type of baked good, like a cake or cupcake shop. I really focused on places that were more of a bakery/café style, so somewhere that served breakfast and lunch, but also baked all their stuff fresh in-store.
After a couple of months of looking for jobs in Oakville, Mississauga, Toronto and Burlington, I still hadn’t found anything. I was getting frustrated as to what else to do. That’s when I decided to try out Waterloo. I knew there were tons of places there, it was close and I loved living there when I was at Laurier, even though that program didn’t work out for me. Within the next couple of days I applied to several places, heard back from one and even had a phone interview. By the end of the week I was in Waterloo interviewing in person this time and starting to look at places to live. Less than an hour after I left my interview I was offered the job and my plan was now to move.
While this all happened so fast, it was definitely a good change for me. I’ve never lived on my own and this is something that everyone kept telling me I needed to do. Now, a week into living in Waterloo by myself and working at my new job, I’ve learned a lot. The job is great so far. It’s early mornings, but it’s worth it and I don’t mind it at all. The people there have been so friendly and welcoming and I feel like I’m fitting in pretty well. Living on my own has been quite opposite of that. I’ve definitely found it more difficult than I thought it would be to be on my own. I don’t know whether it’s just because I’ve never done it before or because it was a lot of change all at once. Luckily I’ve got a great boyfriend and friends here that have helped me this past week and made the move a little easier.
I’m hoping that it will get easier to be on my own, but for now I’m just going to take it one day at a time. I’ve got a new place to live, a new job, and now a new website for all my baking endeavours. It’s a lot of change happening all so quickly but I believe that everything happens for a reason and this was all meant to be. So here’s to change and new beginnings!