Some of the most frequently asked questions that I have received as a college graduate is “What are you doing now?” and “Did you find a real job?”.
My answer to these question is yes.
I’m a nanny.
A lot of people’s response to this is “Wait, you’re just a nanny?”. Or sometimes I’ll hear a joke along the lines of “Four years of education and a bachelors degree just to be a nanny afterwards!”.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I have no hard feelings towards the people who have said these things, and I am happy explaining to them what I’m doing, and how much I love my job.
Yes, I graduated with an English degree and I love writing. I want to find a job where I can do what I love for a living. But right now, entry level writing jobs are hard to find.
So I applied for nanny jobs, just as I did when I was at school.
When I first started, it was easy to feel like I was a failure. I kept hearing a voice inside my head that was telling me of how I should have a “real” job right now. I felt like I wasted the money of going to a 4 year university just to be a nanny afterwards. But I had to push those voices out of my head.
Yes, I am a nanny. Is that what I want to do for the rest of my life? No. But I am happy where I am at right now.
I am still looking for writing jobs and internships. I am still looking for opportunities to take all of the writing skills that I learned in school and put them to practice. But right now I am happy with my job title being “nanny”.
I was lucky enough to find an amazing family to work for, and I get to spend my days with one of the sweetest 1 year olds I know.
I have learned so much by being her nanny. Ask me anything about an infant from the age of 5 months to a year and I’ll be able to help you out with an answer.
When I first started watching her, I had to help her sit up. Now she is walking and running all on her own. There’s no stopping her.
Seeing how much she’s grown, and how far she has come since I started watching her last June leaves an incredible amount of pride in my heart.
This little girl has no fear. She has so much determination in every step she takes. This girl has the most contagious laugh you could hear, and when she starts to dance to music, you can’t help but start dancing too. She has such an eagerness to learn and try new things. She is trying to be fiercely independent, while being very dependent at the same time.
Honestly, I could go on and on about how much I love this girl, and how much I love working for her parents. But now, I just want to encourage you.
No matter where you are in life right now, no matter what you’re doing, I want you to know that you are doing just fine. Don’t compare yourself to other people’s lives or success. You have your own story, and God has His own plan all mapped out for you.
That is one of the hardest lessons I had to learn(and continue to learn) during this post-graduate stage of my life. Seeing other friends married or having a career in their field of study was hard for me at first, because I felt like I was behind, doing something wrong, or a failure.
But I know that I’m not. And I hope that you know that you aren’t either. God knows what He’s doing, and it is all in His timing. I know that that can be hard to hear. The whole idea of God’s timing can be frustrating because we want answers to our questions, and we want them now. But as long as we are faithful to Him and trust in His plans it will be okay.
As always, feel free to comment or ask any questions! I’d be more than happy to answer them and to tell you more about my job!
“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all of your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight” ~Proverbs 3:5-6