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A Tale of Two Masters

by @Dedicated Lea

Funny how this timeless opening from one of Charles Dickens’s most beloved novels perfectly encapsulates how I felt after graduating with a French publishing masters back in 2020. Feeling excited, yet terrified of the world outside of academia; feeling hopeful for the future, yet dreading the challenges of job hunting; feeling knowledgeable about the industry, yet knowing deep down it would not be enough; I had everything before me, yet nothing at the same time.

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