So back on to the post grad problems...
I recently applied to a job that I thought I was going to get. I went into my first interview and nailed it. Then I was called in for a second interview, where they had narrowed the potential candidates to another person and me. I applied to a place of familiarity where many of the staff knew who I was and I thought this would buy me the job. So how shocked was I to get a letter in the mail stating that, "We had a high volume of candidates apply to this job, although..." blah, blah, blah. Same old form letter of rejection. And because I had banked on getting this job, I really hadn't pursued any other leads so now I'm stuck with nothing but feelings of anger and frustration. Where do I go now? Back to Craigslist postings and scouring the web for anything I might be qualified for. Looking over job forums is where I find jobs I'm either over qualified for or are such long shots, why do I even bother? So going back to school doesn't seem like a bad idea at this point, might as well acquire some new skills. So back to school I go!
It's funny because on the day of graduation, I had this hope that even though everything that day wasn't set I really thought that things would have been worked out by this time. Going back to school, nonetheless at my local junior college, was not a thought on my mind. In fact, I couldn't tell you what was on my mind. The graduation ceremony itself went by so fast, hours seemed like seconds. Just like my college career, five years has been reduced to five minutes. Even though I'm going back to school, I'm going back a different person. Not a fun-loving college girl, but a college graduate, with a degree sitting on my mantle at home. The first time around was for fun, the second time means business. And for the life of me, my dad is a walking, breathing storm cloud over my head.
"Sara, you know what I read today? 7 out of 10 people hate their job. People are literally being worked to death at jobs they hate."
This little pearl of wisdom came during a conversation about how the job search has become desperate and people will take anything they can get. Meanwhile, the man is preaching, "you better get a job you like because you'll be worked to the bone." Awesome. And the only way I can get the job I love is if I'm qualified for it and that requires more school or more experience. School would take more money, which nobody has these days so I would need to take out loans. OR if I want more experience, I'd have to settle for something I may be over qualified for.
So, my question for today is, how do you decide what's worth it? Loans or settling for something you know you're too good for? And if you settle there's really no promise you'll get the dream job you've been pining over. Where do you go from there? Let me know!
Till next time,
And as promised, the King himself...