Of course both I and soem friends were/have been on the job search grind lately. I wouldn’t call it a grueling process, but it is hard, moreso because I personally am more accustomed to the academic environment— You want an essay on why I deserve funding for x,y, or z I can handle that, you want to give me three finals and 2 papers all due in the same 3 day stretch, no sweat,
but you want me to squeeze my essence into a one page bulleted outline? Sorry haven’t got as much experience in that area… oh well. Time to learn.
As I write cover letters and prepare for interviews, I’ve started to think about the jobs I can’t do, not because I am personally opposed to the ethos of a particular industry, but rather because I simply can’t do them.
I was talking to friend who was an anthro major in college and now works for crap pay at large research museum/institution, (not really sure what to call it), and we joked about going to get some vocational training, because we would make enough money to eat, travel, raise kids and save for retirement. Maybe it wouldn’t be as much “prestige” involved, but who cares. CAN I GET PAID!!!!!!
This is the first time that I am thinking— I mean really thinking, not about some random concept or about the ills of society as a whole and how I can solve them, but rather on a more practical level. Did I really spend 6 years and thousands of dollars for this? …lol. Why didn’t I focus and do I-banking, consulting or something more lucrative? Why did I buy into the “study what makes you happy” schpeel and not get on the common sense train a lot earlier?
whose fault is it? I blame my liberal arts education– so far I am a Jane of many trades, yet master of none in particular.
I blame Mr. —- my 8th grade Algebra I teacher who didn’t teach me anything, who gave us a college level Algebra book and said, “Do these pages,” leaving us to figure out the rest on our own— that started the downward spiral in my love for math.
I blame Arabic and the Middle Eastern studies departments, and the Spanish departments for being new and fun and interesting to me.
I guess I just blame myself for buying into the hype…