Subject: WTF Am I doing?

So as I have told you maybe 9¾ times now, (note the Harry Potter reference), I’ve graduated and have a job. Bla de bla de bla, boring I know, but it’s made me focus on what I want to achieve/contribute in the world of work. 

 

I have previously thought a lot about what I wanted to do, who I wanted to be. I had spent the past 4 years of my life surrounded by incredible women and men (mainly women though, fashion is still female dominated and with some notable exceptions, not always at the highest level). Anyway, I’ve been surrounded by people who really believe in what they are doing, they try to influence change, whether that’s through education, supporting charities, and doing work that simply matters! That sounds a cliché but it isn’t. People out there actually do stuff; make a difference to communities and people’s lives and on a day-to-day basis.  

 

So I thought, ok I’ve come this far in this funny mad world, so what's next what can I do that makes me proud and that’s what’s really important in life isn’t it?  

 

So I guess I’m having what I like to call a young person’s crisis. Please let me know if you feel the same. You’ve just graduated after 4 years in one ‘profession’ let’s say. And you think SHIT - what if this career path won’t make me proud in 30 years? 

 

Anyway I overcame these thoughts. 

 

So I’m considering all sorts, writing full time about serious issues (with an editor to deal with my spelling!!), work for an organisation that helps communities or at least commentate on issues that affect the world, (Refinery 29, Man Repeller, etc.) Investigating the fashion companies that claim to make a difference, (every company does, or at least say they do to some extent) and getting beneath the surface to find out what this actually means would prove interesting and perhaps for the moment worthwhile. 

 

You don’t know where you’re going to be in 20 years’ time. You don’t know the impact you’re going to have on the world, or the opportunities you’ll be faced with that can give you the chance to make a difference. 

 

My 22 year old advice for you is, work your hardest at what you’ve chosen to do at present, and enjoy your passion for fashion, and who knows what might turn up! 

 

Kind regards, 

 

The Intern  

Hannah Rafter