A few things have changed since I first started this blog…
A lot has changed in my life over the past few months. I graduated from university, got married, spent the summer frantically searching for jobs and attending interviews, got hired, tried out for the U24 GB squad, and most recently: started work.
So I think it’s about time I updated you guys.
The Job Search Grind
The plan during university was very much to move on to doing a PhD. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to get any funding (insider tip: there’s no money in pure mathematics!) so my plans had to change.
After some reflection, I decided that academia wasn't the place to be —getting funding is only going to get harder. This begged the question: “What can I do with my degree that isn’t academia?” and it turns out that a maths degree can get you somewhere in the IT sector.
However; I did not take any of the three programming courses I could have taken at university. I also didn’t even start learning to code until the third year of my degree. I wasn’t going to get hired off of my experience. So I spent the whole summer improving my programming skills, researching the industry and applying (somewhere recklessly) for any job that I thought had even the slightest chance of getting*.
*Side Note: This isn’t a great strategy, you’re much better off picking a specific technology or language to work with and just applying for jobs in that area. The problem is that it is very hard to pick what to go for though.
After applying for a ridiculous number of roles, and failing four interviews (with extremely fluffy and unhelpful feedback) I finally got an interview with a company with enough open positions that they didn't have to make up a dumb excuse not to hire me.
So, as much as I hate it, I am now working a 9–5 job — but importantly I am now working! I just finished my first week and I guess it wasn’t all that bad.
For the next few months I will be in training before being placed as an IT consulting with a company “somewhere in the UK” (I don’t know where yet) and I will then work with that company for the next two years.
Unlike academia, this career path has potential for me to be able to live and work wherever in the world I want — rather than following the funding — as the IT sector grows and grows. This is something I really want to be able to do.
So What About Ultimate?
Having tried out a few weeks ago, I unfortunately did not make the GB U24 “development program” (see my next post for a discuss of that) so where now for my ultimate journey?
In the long-term, I have no idea where my playing of ultimate will go. I imagine I will still be in the UK for at least the next five years so I could keep working and try and make a senior GB squad? We will have to wait and see. You will, however, still be seeing me in my fetching yellow GA uniform as I very much intend to keep working on the GA program and doing everything I can to improve the sport.
As far as the next season is concerned, I will be taking it easy for the next few months. Not making GB has very much knocked my enthusiasm for playing for a wile and I have a lot to focus on with my new job at the moment. Also, until I know where I will be based after my training, it is difficult to commit to a specific team (although, I will be showing up to some things here in Manchester when I get sick and tired of sitting a desk all day!).
The coming season is a WUCC qualifying season so I would love to get on a team that is really pushing to get to Cincinnati; but that does depend a lot on where I get placed. We will just have to wait and see what happens.
For now, you can find me in the gym — still working on my squats — out and about skateboarding — still working on my FS 108 — and on my new blog which I had to make for work as part of my training (do you really work in IT if you don’t have a tech blog?) so let me know if you want a link to that.
And maybe I’ll try making that “Twitch for Sports”?