I'm 24 and work in economic development for a local authority, and there's being a bit of a shake-up of our department, meaning we'll be merged with some other teams and private sector bodies to create a bit of a mash-up. As part of this, we'll all have to re-apply for new positions, and due to funding reductions there will be fewer positions.
As the most junior person on my team (apart from the admin staff) I'm fairly worried I might lose my job, but at the same time it's an opportunity as I'm a bit bored of my job (been there nearly 3 years) and, although they've sponsored me through a masters, I'd have to work there another 2 years to not have to pay back about £4k in fees. As a result I have an opportunity to leave early/get made redundant with a pay-off and do something I really want to do.
Thinking about either going travelling, teaching english abroad in somewhere like China, or doing another part-time postgrad course in transport planning and attempting to get on a new grad scheme. Obviously the latter one is the sensible choice, but I'd love to hear from anyone who has just thought "sod it, you only live once" and done something amazing! If there are any experiences of this sort of thing, would be cool to hear them!
... and the ones that won't