I have been wondering about my possibilities here in Copenhagen. It is next to impossible to get a job (even the ones that I didn't really want to begin with), and I am working part time at a coffee house/restaurant to be able to afford rent and food. Honestly, I am not too disappointed because this gives me space to really think about what I want to do.
The reason I got into the field of graphic design to start with, was the fact that I enjoy MAKING. I love to sit down with some pens, or paint or scissors and piles of magazines and whatnot, a pencil and the wonderful invention that is an eraser - and just make something!! Maybe I like it almost too much to want to go away from it to design almost completely on the computer, which is what takes the least amount of time and is most popular at the moment. I do not want a job where I sit in front of a computer all day and lay out elements to a design that has already been made by someone else... I want to have the time to do what I enjoy, and the possibility to use it for something practical.
I'm starting to ramble on (LIKE if you love that song!) but what I'm trying to get at, is that I would like to do pro bono work for groups or individuals with good ideas, and most importantly - good intentions.. So if you know anybody that has a cool assignment that is in some way going to be useful to the environment, other people or animals or pretty much whatever - have them contact me if they need the promotional material made. It goes without saying that I would not do pro bono work for rich people, so keep in mind that I want to do this for the people that can't afford the good design. On the other hand, if you know the rich people that need their design done - don't hesitate to hit me up ;)
I believe in focusing on doing things that make me happy - if it means a part time job doing nothing of what I was educated to do, I really don't mind. A professor of mine said once that if you do things that you enjoy doing - eventually you will start making money by doing exactly what makes you happy. Instead of striving to get to a point where the money is coming in for sure, but you work so hard at your career - that you have no time for the things that make you happy - and maybe you have even forgot what they were.
I´ll end with a pretty useful quote from the man himself.