Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Rainy Thoughts: Finding a Job After College

There have been lots of articles and stories about how hard it is for some people to find a job. Let me tell you, it's true. At least it was for me.

In college, I had internships and jobs that were closely related to my degree. I created one of the top 8 capstones in my senior class and I kept close ties with everyone I met. I thought finding a job after college was going to be easy, and in truth, I was one of the ones that landed a full-time position in my degre field a month after I graduated. But I got that job because I knew someone who knew the manager who needed someone asap. Either way, I got the job. It was defintily not my dream job and it was for a start-up company. I had my own office,  my own money, my own hours, it was great! It was great up until they decided they didn't want to spend money on me and wanted to hire someone for cheap instead and let me go!

But I wasn't too sad, because I found out the next day that I was moving back to my hometown, so I tried not to feel too bad about it. Took it as a sign from above that I was meant for other things. I didn't know those other things would have taken 6 months!

The first month, I applied to places selectively. Only applied to to places that sounded nice to me. The second month, I started opening up my options. By the fourth month, I opened up the whole horizon. I started to apply to places for positions that I didn't really want, but that paid well. It sucked. It sucked so much and it made me feel like I was icompatent in a way. I would have very close interviews, but it always seemed that there was someone with more experience, someone who had been in the industry longer, someone better.

And just when I felt that I was settling for my current position as a collections person at a call center, someone took a chance on me. Yeah, maybe they needed a media specialist like right away, but I didn't care. a company took a chance on me and I am very happy at my job. I get to use what I learned in both my Associates and Bachelors degree and that my friends, is a very fulfilling feeling.

But enough about my experience, I am here to let you know that you are amazing. It sucks not being able to find a job after college. I get it. But it doesn't mean that you suck at what you do, it doesn't mean that you aren't capable and it doesn't mean that you wasted your time. It can mean that you are just in a competitive field, which is definitely true where I live. It can mean that you apply to places that you didn't think about applying for before. I currently work for a big HOA, who would've thought?

But what I am trying to say is that you are awesome and I hope that you land that job soon. And if you have that job, congrats! And if you can't find that job, make your own! You do you boo. That's what I started doing with my book, The Inevitables, which you can buy right now on Amazon.

Anyways, hope you all have a good day and I'll be back next week with a great book review! Till then, happy job hunting!




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