I’ve got a major decision to make & I’d love to hear your advice and thoughts.
I spent last summer volunteering on a predator reserve in South Africa. I absolutely had the time of my life; it was a beautiful place, right in the African wilderness, working with Cheetah, Leopard & Lion. I graduated from Uni this July, I did have a job lined up but that fell through (long story), so I’m now trying to work out what to do with my life.
I got an email this morning from the owner or the reserve I volunteered on offering me a fulltime job there, saying he’s got a position available for me. I just don’t know if this is the right direction for me to take right now.
I feel I’ve kind of reached the stage of my life where I seriously have to start thinking about the future, and making decisions with a long-term view. This job, although I'm not 100% sure what it would be specifically yet, would be amazing. I absolutely loved the time I spent out there last summer, it's really a stunning opportunity. I met some amazing people & I'd love to go back.
I guess the major reason for me considering this job is the amount of adults that have told me to live my life to the full while I’m young. I’d hate to look back in 10/20 years, when I’ve got commitments and simply can’t disappear off to Africa for a couple of years, and regret rushing into “adult” life too fast, feeling that I didn’t make the most of the opportunities I had. You know, I’m going to spend most of my life working, what’s the rush?
However, this job really doesn't lead anywhere, set me up for anything, or add much to my CV. At the moment my CV lacks corporate work experience, something I was hoping to gain this year, before applying to graduate schemes next year. If I took this, it would put everything on hold & I'd find myself in the exact same position X months/years down the line.
You know, these jobs are really difficult to get right now, and I'm really feeling the pressure to do everything I can to help me case. If you want to be successful your CV has to be really strong and you really have to fight, rather than “wasting a year or so playing with animals”. You have to apply to those grad schemes like a year in advance, I wouldn't be able to do that while I'm out there, with no time or internet access. When I come back, I'd return with no future plans, in a relatively weak position compared to other applicants.
At the same time I know that this position won’t pay very much, they're limited by how much they can pay me, both because of financial and visa reasons. After flights, equipment, etc., I would probably only just break even if I took this job. It’s probably not my best point, but I am quite motivated by money. Not in a greedy way, but I really want to be able to provide for my family in the future. I want them to be able to be comfortable, to have what they want, etc. without having to miss out because I can't afford to give them it.
You know I want to grow up, have my own place, be self sufficient, and start to majorly set myself up for the future and, as much as I really want to take this opportunity, I don’t think it would do that for me.
What do you guys think? What would you do?
Any advice/comments would be much appreciated!
Apologies this post is such a mess, it’s representative of my brain right now!