Last year, the Financial Times estimated that 1.2 million people in the UK work multiple jobs. I am one of them. And I love it.
Most of you are probably thinking what my other job is. I work for the NHS as a Nursing Assistant on an In-Patient Psychiatric Unit. Yeah I know, VERY different to a Wedding Photographer. But that’s what I love about it, they’re two totally different jobs, but two subjects I’m very passionate about.
Mental health is something very close to my heart. I know a lot of family and friends who have had mental health related issues, I think we all do. It’s something I think everyone can be touched by in their lifetime, just like they could get physically unwell. It’s exactly the same. I want to be able to care for people when they are a rock bottom. And being able to take part in that care is something I take pride in. When I see a patient discharged, I can’t help but be content.
Now don’t get me wrong there are down sides to working two jobs. The lack in days off, the constant workflow and general fatigue is a major problem. Most weeks, I don’t see much of my family and friends. Some days I come home having done 4 or 5 days of 12-hour shifts in a row and all I want to do is crawl into bed and sleep for a week. It can also be emotionally draining, both as a photographer and a mental health worker and everyday is a rollercoaster. But IT’S SO WORTH IT!
Since leaving college, my passion for work has only increased. I want to be able to contribute to the people around me as well as society. I’m a giver, I think that’s just who I am. I provide services through my photography and give care to the patients on the ward.
If you had said to me 3 or 4 years ago that I would be working two jobs by the age of 20, I’d have laughed. But this is what I love. This is what I want. This is what I do.