As of a week ago, I embarked on a new adventure of job hunting as a recent graduate. Fun right? It is safe to say I have being struggling to find the right fit among the pouring of job listings, friends’ connections, and my own personal struggle to identify what makes my “perfect job”. But this goes way beyond general attributes such as location and salary. Since I was young, I’ve being know for working
damn hard. I could not wait to get to preschool, thus I hurried my mom to get there; she better not dare to try and help me with my homework because “I can do it for myself”; I would go to night school after regular school to prepare for my future university’s admission exam; moved countries to start from scratch; became resourceful, and work on anything I was “qualified for” to pay for school upfront + all my expenses…so you get the point. I’ve built my way up in life — even though I am still at sea level — and although it has not being pretty nor easy, I am proud of that.
Goal in Mind
However, throughout that time, I always kept in mind this hopeful horizon where the sun would rise. “The day I find my career job, it has to be something I am passionate to wake up for.”- With that still as a goal, searching for jobs becomes, and has become exponentially harder. Now, I not only have to be the most appealing candidate among recent graduates for recruiters, and hiring managers, but I also target only those who are appealing to me while I am still a fresh fish in a pool of sharks, wales and the whole
damn sea life. The irony comes from the expectations that young adults/recent graduate folks like me already need to have and demonstrate the experience they’ve acquired in order to get that 1st job. Please let me roll my eyes one more time. WHAT? HOW? When was I supposed to do that? While I pay my school by working?, and took the challenging classes?, and commute long hours? We know the drill.
What To Do Now?
As frustrating as that is, that’s what grownups call reality. So what to do now? As a recent graduate it is all about figuring out what are non-negotiable factors for you, and sticking to that. But most important than that, it is your attitude towards it. Why? Because there will be good and bad days, but stop trying is not an option, not applying is not an option, under/overqualified? well apply anyways, you will make sense of the duties as you go. Your attitude will define how appealing the options in front of you are, and how they make you feel.
Recent Graduate? Compromise
For me, I am not willing to sacrifice my job expectations. What I am is willing to compromise. I am lucky enough to have a supporting husband whom for the time being carries the burden of paying our bills. But before him, I had to use two things, patience & cleverness when it comes to my finances. Something particular to my story is how much I love blogging since I dared to start the journey. And even though I take it very seriously as well as see myself creating valuable content that connects me, brands, and viewers with the same affinities forever; until blogging starts paying the bills, I need to spread myself into other paying duties. Ultimately, I need to be my own bread-winner as I’ve always being; because, like I told my mom more than once before, I can do it for myself. And-so-can-you.