In my pursuit of becoming a traveler by lifestyle, I decided to continue studying after gymnasium (high school). I believe I am more qualified and likely to succeed as an international traveler settling in foreign countries if I have a BA and MA in something useful within the corporate world. I hope I am right… As such, I have been studying at Aalborg University in northern Denmark for five years now. As a BA, I studied ”English and International Studies, Business and Communication”, and as a MA, I studied ”Culture, Communication and Globalsation, Marketing and Consumption.”
In retrospect, the five years at AAU have not only matured me, however, have also given me the opportunities of finding amazing new national and international friends and experiencing various and different abroad stays in respectively London, Dublin and Berlin while studying exactly what interests me combined with a, hopefully, bright future in the corporate world: culture and communication from a business and marketing perspective.
As a result of five years of study, I finished university the 24th of June this year. In my hands, I held the diploma that is supposed to open doors for me – nationally as well as internationally. The joy, excitement and relief was unprecedented. Now my life is starting, so they say. I wouldn’t go that far, however, a new chapter is definitely starting. One as a grown-up… (ish…). One as an aspiring traveler. I can’t wait. The adventures and experiences that awaits me out there are exciting and at the same time scary. But in a good way. The best way possible.
I hope that my degrees can help me in my pursuit of becoming a traveler. A traveler by lifestyle. For me, there has never been any doubt. I am going to live abroad. I have various countries in mind, however, Amsterdam in Holland is my first stop. I can’t explain why, I just have this longing for living exactly in Amsterdam. So living in A’dam has been the plan for almost a year now. Unfortunately, my bank doesn’t quite agree with me. Moving permanently abroad means that I can’t loan money in the bank to start my new adventure – my new life. I guess this is fair and I understand the reasons behind it but it sets my dream on pause for a little while. Although it upsets me, I have accepted this fact by now and made a plan (I’m good with plans and organisation – being well-structured saves my life time after time. Seriously. I’m not kidding). The plan: I will move back in with my parents for six months until I have saved enough money to move to Amsterdam in January and start my new life there. Luckily, I am a member of a Danish unemployment insurance fund. This means that I every third month pay a fee in order to receive a certain amount of money every month. An amount of money that I can save for my next adventure. Meanwhile, I am looking for vacancies here in Denmark – a job would, after all, allow me to earn more money and I would be able to save more for my next adventure.
Two months in, as feared, I have not found a job in Denmark (the job market is difficult as a postgraduate – even with my good grades, an internship and student job experiences). However, I have now saved some money and am on the course to make my dream come true. Well-determined to follow through with my plan, I don’t spend any money on unimportant nor not needed stuff. I don’t actually mind my current situation, as I know my next adventure will begin soon… And moving back in with my parents after five years isn’t bad at all. After all, I haven’t seen them in over a year due to traveling around. But… Then a little over a week ago, the travel company in Amsterdam that I am hoping to work for in the future gets in contact with me and wants to discuss a job opening. Can you believe it!? I’ve had my eyes on this particular company since February – researched the Internet for information on the company itself as a business and its company culture, and the thought of working in an international travel company with a young and intercultural work force strongly appeals to me. The job itself is an interesting one, too. It draws on previous experiences I’ve had within the travel industry, however, expects a bit more of me and, hence, is also challenging. It’s the perfect job. It’s exactly what I want. It’s exactly what I need to climb the ladder. The perfect first postgraduate job. And it’s within the travel industry.
As a result of this fantastic opportunity, I am making all the arrangements to make it happen – to make the move. Within a week, I have planned and organised everything with help from a the public Iamsterdam website, a treasured friend currently living in Amsterdam and my dear parents. A place to live, the move itself and all the needed documents were ready for the next adventure. I only needed to get the bank on board – to get their approval of my plan.
The horror… My bank refuses the idea and finds it better for me to stay in Denmark where a job will undoubtedly be better paid. In my struggle and discussion with the bank, I underline the fact that it’s very difficult to find a job here in Denmark and that I have friends that, although having a MA degree in something highly useful in the corporate world, have been unemployed for a year or so. The bank still refuses to hear of it. They even go as far to say that if I move now, I will have to pay a fee of 1,000 dkr every month just because I will be living abroad and paying back a bank loan from my three abroad stays. Furthermore, they will be raising the interest rates on my loan. I can’t believe it. Therefore, I quickly decided to change banks.
Within a couple of days, I contacted numerous banks in Denmark in order to find the perfect match for me and my situation. Unfortunately, they all more or less agreed that staying in Denmark would be best in order to save money for my adventure, however, that it didn’t have to mean that I couldn’t eventually move abroad. Several banks stood out in my pursuit for a new bank – especially one. Hence, I have now changed banks to this one. However, my new bank also believe that staying home until January and saving money is the best way to go. After all, having lived abroad for more than a year and having sold everything from my old apartment before going abroad, I have nothing. Literally… I only have my clothing. As such, after discussing my situation with my new financial advisor, I can see why this is best for me for now, considering. It’s a shame but I understand.
As a rather positive person, I choose to see the silver lining in all of this and be optimistic: There is a meaning with everything – in one way or another. Although, this is not exactly what I want right now, it is what I need. I will be paying off some of my current loan while saving money for my next adventure in Amsterdam starting in January, 2016… And when I finally move there, my new bank won’t raise the interest rates on my current loan. Neither will they have me pay a monthly fee just for simply moving abroad. Maybe it’s for the best in the end. Maybe this… the travel company will have another job just waiting for me when I move there next year. Or maybe something better will come along. Maybe it will be a struggle. Either way, there is a lesson out there for me to learn. Who knows!? As Margaret Drabble said; When nothing is sure, everything is possible. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.