Insider: What’s going on? (Jun- Aug ‘16)

Well, I’ve been MIA lately, maybe you haven’t noticed!

So, things have been working quite downside for the past three months (in a row), that I’ve forgot if there’s still a light at the end of the tunnel or some one turned the switch off! Although, I aged a year this August, I didn’t saw a reason to celebrate.

Well, these three months have given me a time to explore myself, weight down couple of options and enjoy being alone. I’ve been travelling around Ireland, particularly visiting places in Dublin that I haven’t seen for years and re- visiting some of my favourite spots (Dún Laoghaire, Howth, Bray, Killiney, Phoenix Park). I’ve also travelled to Cork, visiting my friends over there (twice) and also made a journey to the Rings of Kerry, across the Wild Atlantic Way. Turns out that Dún Laoghaire (pictured) is my favourite place in Dublin.

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Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

I’ve discovered a new way of keeping myself engaged, by answering questions on Quora, an online forum. I’ve found a lot of like- minded personalities on Quora and have been following their work. My writing skills have been improved to a great extent and as a result, I am a most viewed writer in Dublin, Ireland.

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Most Viewed Writer in Dublin

I was fortunate enough to be selected as one of 20 candidates from a pool of 100+ applicants for Journey Re, an initiative by Hannover Re. It was a two day workshop, primarily based on Design Thinking and ways to reinvent the re- insurance industry. I got a chance to meet with leaders in the industry, get to know their work and participate in brainstorming sessions. Unfortunately, I wasn’t selected for the final six, who will be representing Ireland later this year in Hannover, Germany.

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Top 20 Journey Re candidates at Spencer Hotel, Dublin

My summers have been occupied by answering on Quora, applying vigorously to jobs openings I feel I’d do great at and reading. I’ve completed reading books I’ve always wanted to read, including the biography of famous Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. It’s a great book of innovation, rather being a vague biography. I *might* write a short review on my blog in coming days. I’ve also drawing and colouring, but I’m pretty bad at that.

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My summer reads- 2 to go!
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My failed attempt with crayons

One of the highlights of my summers were to see one of my favourite band- Kodaline live in Dublin. They are four guys from Ireland and have been great. Do listen to their songs.

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Kodaline at Marlay Park, Dublin

In conclusion, it has been a great summer. I’ve learnt the value of being patient, these three months have been the hardest time of my life. I’ve spend tens of hours re- editing my CV, sent couple of emails to ask for a referral, but all in vain. I’ve even spend my last couple of euros to buy an ad- space on twitter! Most importantly, I still have no particular answer when someone asks, ‘So, what do you do?’

Here’s a bonus video from Buzzfeed that sums up my current situation.

I’m tired and I’m broke, maybe its time to go home.

Until next time,
Saransh.