“Change is inevitable. Change is constant.” is a quote from Benjamin Disraeli, a man who served twice as British Prime Minister during the 1800’s. It may be an old quote (one I always remember), but he was onto something. Change is a process of nature, it is something that happens all of the time and can’t be put on hold. Without change, where would we be?
All of the above is true, but that doesn’t mean change, or even being able to accept change is easy, in fact it is something I sometimes struggle with; and I’m not afraid to admit that. Lately, I’ve had some time to think about the future holds for me, and there is a lot of change on the horizon. I’m excited, proud, happy, anxious and a little scared all at the same time.
So 2015, a new chapter in my life journal titled “The Year of Change”.
The end of the university lifestyle I have come to know and love is rapidly approaching. Final semester is lined up to be a good one though, the final plans for teaching presentation skills to first year students are in the works, which I guess is my opportunity to give something back to the University that has given me so much over the past 4 years not only in terms of education but support, awards, financial help and friendships. I definitely will not hesitate to tell anyone that asks how great my experience at Bangor University has been.
In other big news for 2015, I have accepted a graduate role at Jaguar Land Rover in September which I am super excited about. I’ve really enjoyed spending my summers working for a world leading company and I have no doubt moving to a permanent role will be even better. Being based in the West Midlands, it suddenly dawned on me as I signed my contracts that this means a serious change, ultimately moving to a new place away even further away from my family and possibly away from my friends. The friends I have made at university mean a lot to me, my house mates especially and if I’m honest I don’t want to leave them – at the end of the day they never fail to make me smile!
Also been thinking a bit about holidays, my last proper abroad summer break at more than 5 years ago (I did have a sneaky trip to Colorado last Easter), and as much as I love holidaying in the UK, I quite fancy doing some worldwide exploring somewhere warm. Researching destinations is definitely something on my Christmas holiday to-do:whilst-not-revising list.
With all of these changes going on, and just generally being more busy it makes me very sad knowing my time as one of the top members of the Spotify Community is coming to an end (although I definitely won’t be completely quitting!). Since I joined the team in 2012 it has grown into something so much more than a support forum, but a real community of music and technology lovers. Take my word for it when I say with experience of seeing Spotify’s offices and meeting their staff as an outsider that the people are some of the finest I have ever met, and that same quality of people exist on the Spotify Community too. A prime example of how great people can change an entire industry and I am proud to have played a role in that, even if it is a small one!
You know, if someone had of asked me a few years ago what I wanted to do with my life, I would have been so very happy to work for a software company like Spotify, after all that is a huge part of what I enjoy and I am sure I would enjoy it. However, I don’t think I would ever be truly happy in myself now, I moved into Engineering because I wanted to change things, push myself, I want to be able to make a difference, I want to be able to do something big – but what that is I don’t know yet!
“The future is what you make it.” is one of my 40 lifetime rules, and I plan to make it how I want it. The fear of change is exactly that, and I am sure I will find happiness on the other side.