It has been a long week of burying myself in a huge pile of applications. The bad job market is not just a topic for the news, it’s my reality. I’m convinced that there are too many “right brain” creative people in this world because those jobs are impossible to find whereas “left brain” scientific jobs are plentiful. If only I understood biology!
On top of the job hunt I am also solving the, “Where am I going to live?” crisis. “The world is your oyster” saying has taken on a whole new meaning. I envy those who have been able to find a full-time salary job, that they’re actually interested in, straight out of school. Then from that, they get to live in a super cool place. I’m still living in my college town and its job market is definitely not cutting it. So, to reiterate, “The world is my oyster.” Well, at least, the continental United States. I couldn’t imagine searching for a house and job worldwide.
Luckily, I’ve had two little buddies to aid in my job search frustration by providing an adorable distraction.
Back to the point….. Finding a good job with a decent salary in a cool place with a perfect house is just not playing out for me yet. Journalism is not an easy career path right now. So I have had to deviate a little a lot from my desired jobs. Journalism turns into event planning which gets me thinking about public relations which reminds me of being a communication director and that leads me to consider human resources or a secretary which slowly turns into, “Hey, I guess I could work at a grocery store. That could maybe lead to what I want to do….” So in the interest of not working at a grocery store for the rest of my life I have compiled some tips for job hunting….
Recently, in my job searching I have been forced to decide what jobs I would love, excel at, tolerate, hate, etc. So I made a list with the boyfriend, inspired by the season finale of Parks & Recreation! Again, if you’re not watching then you should definitely start.
We wrote down our interests, places we’d like to live, things we’re already good at, and, eventually, what jobs we would like. My list is pretty varied but similar. I have a B.A. in Journalism, I like writing, reading, designing, blogging, crafting, I work well in a fast-paced environment, and I love, love, love working around people. I am willing to try anything but ultimately I would like to be happy with my career.
The summer following my college graduation in 2010 I studied abroad in Greece with a group of 19 students from my University and 3 professors.
I knew that the trip would be an amazing adventure but I had no idea that I would still be talking about the trip from day to day whether it be about the gracious Greek people, the beautiful sites around every corner, the memories made with new friends, the amazing things I learned about an ancient culture, or the gorgeous photos I took while there.
“Unemployment. 53% of 18-24 year olds are living at home again or never moved out of their parent’s house. 28% of 25-32 year olds have moved back in.”
I heard this on the radio yesterday and I think I’ve been hearing this on every possible news source since I can remember. The economy is bad but it seems that it is always bad. It’s not about finding a job. It’s about finding the job you actually want. For most people that doesn’t include almost all the available jobs.
I graduated in May 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with an emphasis in Journalism. I tried out a multimedia internship after graduation that was amazing but not THE job I wanted. I was working for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources as a multimedia journalist. I traveled to several state parks to collect pictures, video, and interviews of the parks to create multimedia pieces for their new web sites. (Some of my work is below).
So where do I jump in? I graduated college a year and a half ago with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication with an emphasis in Journalism. May 2010 was a whirlwind for me, as I’m sure it is for most college graduates. My lease ended the day after graduation, I had no place to move, my first huge job interview was a few days away, I had another one a few days later, and I had plane tickets to Athens, Greece for July.
Fast forward to 2012.
I didn’t get the first job. I landed the second one (a journalism internship that I ended up hating). I moved three times within a two-mile radius. I studied abroad in Greece and had the time of life. I stayed in my college town for my boyfriend’s job. I got a job that I wasn’t excited about. I fell in love with the with the job (I take care of two awesome young men with developmental disabilities). I got the promotion that I didn’t think I wanted. I am good at the job I didn’t think I wanted. I signed another lease (this time the boyfriend signed because of my job). And now I’m stuck in a town I hate.
To make the best of being stuck in my college town I have been attempting to make my small two bedroom duplex into a home. The furniture all came from my parent’s or grandparent’s basement which means I ended up with a myriad of mismatched furniture. Luckily mismatched suits our style fairly well (except for one very ugly couch in the living room).
My style is comfy and understated. I decorate with books and memorable photos. My color palette is cool colors. My clean obsession means that everything I own has its own perfect place (the boyfriend has problems with this concept). My budget is small unless I’m in love with something. My goal: to make my house beautiful, to be happy, and to live the life I’ve dreamed of with the boyfriend and puppy along for the ride.