It’s no surprise that being on the job market is less than exciting and potentially stressful
I spent most of my young adulthood years in school…3 successfully completed degrees and one almost doesn’t count attempt at a degree
I have a bachelors, a masters, and a doctorate…I attempted another masters degree whose incompletion ruins my academic resume
PAUSE: I’ve seen many (more than I ever imagined plausible) academic resumes with incomplete degrees listed so I know it does not ruin things but it certainly hiccups the reading flow.
Ok so back to my point – I have these degrees and considering my background – I am ecstatic about that very fact!
Backstory light: I am an African American cisgender female from a rural, working class town. I am the first in my family to complete any postsecondary degree…so it’s a big deal that I have the degrees…in that respect at least!
You may notice that I digress a lot, I should look into storytelling!
I have a research doctorate in case you’re wondering…I loved research as early as my second year of my undergraduate studies and I still love the research process…especially when studying the complexities of a phenomena.
Hmm, what was I discussing? Oh yeah, job hunting.
Naively, I assumed that once I finished my dissertation – actually before I finished – I would have these beautiful ideas in mind about what’s next for me! Oh that was so naive.
I failed to consider just how draining, the dissertation process is and more importantly, I failed to see my personal and professional growth.
Eh! What are you talking about? That’s likely the question that you wish to ask me now.
Bear with me, I’ll explain…eventually
Just joking! Here’s my explanation:
I was so invested in finishing my doctoral program with a decent dissertation that I did not see myself.
I did not see how over the years I went from an overly optimistic, naive 20-something year old to a 30-something with a more balanced view of the world and how I fit in it.There’s nothing wrong with being optimistic; but my optimism was of the fairy tale world type. You know thinking that my fairy godmother (read someone who admired me immensely) would pop into my life, pay my bills and give me the freedom to cultivate my talents.
I’m not sure what those talents were but you see…my optimism left out me actively working to cultivate my talents.
One good thing is although I was overly optimistic, I didn’t simply sit around waiting for fairy godmother to appear with her magic dust! One sprinkling of it and my life would be forever changed.
No, I worked. I worked hard but I was still out of balance. So now as I approach the job market with ideas of the impact I’d like to have, I am working hard to keep a balance.
There’s a lot more to me than some fancy pieces of papers that take a long time to receive and I aim to convey that person when I apply to jobs.
So often I’ve met individuals who allow titles to unbalance them and that’s the person I would’ve been if the 20-something year old me was on the job market; but the 30-something year old me knows that degrees – although every owner of them should be proud – are not a testament to how well an individual can do a job.
Oh, if you haven’t noticed – my mind is all over the place – that’s definitely not helping my job search!
Thankfully, I can blog to center my thoughts.
Before I go – I have many emotions and thoughts as I search for and apply to jobs; most of those are fear-related, but none are that my degrees make me more than any of the hiring managers or recruiters.
Although, since I’m being honest with you – a fairy godmother who could place me in a job that’s a good fit for me would be welcomed…but that’s not how the job market works.