The gaping void has laid down the challenge of writing a 500 word manifesto. Below is my effort. I wrote in 10 minutes. Any longer and I'd attempt something profound. Which would inevitably be toss.
My manifesto is for those rocking up to London (or any big city) faced with a new job, irrational expectations, no money, and no idea of how to make sense of it all.
1. Set yourself one goal, give yourself one year to achieve it. That goal should be to be happy with where you are. No more, no less.
2. Understand what's more important - enjoying what you do or enjoying how much you earn. If don't take pleasure in either, reassess immediately.
3. Don't stop assessing and analysing (almost) everything. Just because you're in the real world, doesn't mean the rigours of the academic world are all of a sudden redundant.
4. Learn how to stretch a pint out for an hour. Drinking on your own will happen, and you don't want Monday Night Football to become a four pint affair.
5. Make an effort to see your mates as often as you can. They keep you sane. Leaving a voice mail once a week is not keeping in touch.
6. Respect those with experience, but don't fear it. If you can't challenge those above you, they'll never respect you.
7. You will never iron a shirt well at 6.30 in the morning hungover.
8. Don't think you know. You don't. But very few people do. Find the one person who does, and listen to everything they say.
9. Its ok to feel nostalgic for something thats only just finished. You're not going back though. Get over it sooner rather than later.
10.Socks go missing. Live with someone who doesn't notice when they lose theirs.
I will cringe at the above in five years, and I'll write something new. Then five years later the cycle will repeat on itself. If it doesn't I'll be worried.