Okay, so if you don’t know already, I recently graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts in English. (Not that you can tell from the way I write on here… but anyway on with the story.) English Majors often get a lot of crap for their choice in major. Either they get the “Well whatcha gonna do with that?” or the “Oh, are you going to be a teacher?” question. I get it. An English Major is not a prescription for a particular type of career path. (Except for teacher. All English Majors are teachers, right?) Of course, if you think about any major really…”What are you going to do with your business major?” “Uhhhh, businessy things that make money?”. (Seriously, does every business major have a plan? Probably not.) People like to hear that you’re going to make money. Not that you’re a well-rounded person, an analytical thinker, adept communicator and able to consider deep, moral questions about humanity… nah.
Anyway, I was prepared for that. I came out of college knowing my skills. I developed professional skills through my student work and side projects and made the most out of my education with the time that I had. I am applying for jobs now. Jobs that make money, have good benefits, and should provide some sort of satisfaction in life. My degree, the one where you read lots of books and write about them, has only proven to be helpful with my career search. English majors are communicators. We read, write, and speak with a sensitivity to other humans. This makes us an appealing employee. Employers like to hire people who can communicate with others.
So what was I not prepared for? I am a passionate person and like to give my all to what I am doing. Lately, all I have been doing is applying for jobs, and I had NO IDEA how hard switching my brain between potential jobs would be. I’m applying to a variety of positions, and I spend at least two, three, sometimes up to five hours on a certain application. It’s not that I can’t multi-task, I’ve totally got that down, but I want so badly to pour myself into my work, just like I have been doing for the last couple of years at school. When you’re getting your degree, your school work becomes your life. (At least if you’re obsessive and love it like I did.) After you graduate, suddenly your life is in a limbo between obsessions. When I apply for a position, I’m already thinking about what I could be doing with that company, what my life would be like, how I would get to and from work, how I could contribute to their team, what strategies I would have to move up within the company, etc. It’s exciting, but it’s also exhausting to do that for multiple job applications that you find equally appealing.
So yeah, there you go. It’s not the end of the world, but I like to be a prepared person, so these emotions caught me by surprise. In my town, there are many eligible applicants applying to everything, so it’s hard to get that perfect job right off the bat. It’s hard not to get bummed out when you get the rejection letter or e-mail after obsessing over how you would be so perfect for a particular position. Just remember what you worked so hard on to achieve and that something will work out if you work hard at it. And if you’re a recent graduate, you know exactly what hard work looks like.
I often have to give myself pep talks so here’s one for you internet – to all those post-grad job seekers right now, *internet hugs* and best wishes! You’re awesome. You’re skilled. You got this.
P.S. I promise I’ll post about the BK11 soon. I’ve been slacking on the Airyca’s Favorite Things posts, sorry about that!