I am so depressed over the outcome of my country’s (United States) election (not to the point where I need to start calling a suicide hotline.) I am having serious thoughts about how this is going to affect my future.
First of all, I want to apologize for not posting in a really long time. I wanted to ask fellow patients with epilepsy for advice.
In September I starting Blogging University’s Writing 101 course. I really liked it and was learning a lot about writing. It was especially helpful to see some of the posts from some of the other bloggers with more writing experience. It has been a few weeks since I have posted anything. I had to stop partway through my Writing 101 course.
During the past few months, I could not job search as often due to my heavy work load. Things were even worse due to a harsh winter, which made it difficult to get to networking events. I tried to make the small amount of time that I did have as efficient as possible.
I tried a couple of new things that have been helpful:
- carefully analyzing job postings – I am analyzing the job postings more critically. I will also look at their mission statement. Do I agree with their philosophy? I only apply to the ones that I feel really resonate with me. Sometimes you forget this principle when looking for a job.
- Created a job search portfolio – a detailed account of when I applied for the job, who I contacted, etc. This has been particularly useful for me.
I also looked at my current employers. Are there any opportunities for me to transition to a full-time job? After talking to some other part-time professors like myself, they did not know of anyone who transitioned to a full-time professor position. Many have applied for full-time positions, but were not hired.
I knew this already, and applied for a full-time position at one of my current employers. I am proud to say that my application is still being considered. I am following up with my contacts on a regular basis, and have not received a rejection email yet.
I am still attempting to network with others. I feel this is an area is hurting me at the moment. During some small pockets of free time, I try to go to meetings and other events to meet new people. Large groups still make me nervous, but I’m hoping that with practice and time I will get better.
I applied for a couple of positions, and had waited to for an update from Human Resources. This past Friday, I a few updates on my search for full-time employment. Unfortunately none of it was the type of news that I had hoped for.
I applied for a position at the college where I now work. I believed that I would have a good opportunity to get an interview, and eventually hired since I knew the college well already. I attempted to network with some people and spent some time making sure my application looked good. When I sent an email to Human Resources asking for an update, I was told that the position had been filled and that many qualified people had applied. Apparently the hiring committee didn’t think that I was qualified enough to even bother with an interview.
I applied to another university thinking that I might have an advantage over other applicants. It was the university that I had just graduated from. I tried to network with some of the people in the department where I would be working through LinkedIn. However I was sent an email telling me of the same news. I was told that the position had been filled and that many qualified people had applied.
I have spent the time since then to try to figure out my next move. Maybe I need to be more selective on the jobs that I apply for, and not assume that any past association with a college or university will give me an advantage.
My friends, family, and even co-workers are asking questions about what I’m going to do in the near future. Unfortunately there is so much that is up in the air at the moment.
When I was younger, it was normal for most adults to get their own place. I am living in a part of the country where having roommates is normal. I still want to have my place (with no roommates) even if it is a tiny studio apartment with an even tinier kitchen. However, I have no financial stability and live off of two part-time jobs (adjunct professor) with no benefits.
The Tough Decisions
So here’s the problem. I started job hunting about a month ago, and at about the same time, I was asked to decide if I would stay at the place I am renting. My family has wanted me to move closer to them. It is extremely hard for me to manage my chronic illness without family nearby. Should I just take a chance and move there? If I stay where I am at, at least I know I could probably teach 2 classes at the local community college, but I still would not have financial stability.
The way I see it, I have the following options (in no particular order):
- Move out but get own place in current city with cat. At the same time concentrate on finding full-time employment in the same city. The current city that I live in has good access to good doctors and public transportation.
- Move closer to my family and concentrate on finding full-time employment there. This would be the cheaper option since my family lives in states cheaper than my own.
- Move closer to my family and find work as an adjunct professor. In the past, I have had absolutely no problems finding work as an adjunct professor. I could probably teach a few classes as an adjunct professor and still do okay since the area is more affordable. I would still have to purchase my own health insurance.
- Stay where I’m at and concentrate on finding full-time employment. This method would involve concentrating on the job hunt for now. I might be able to convince my landlord to keep me on for a month by month basis, but that is not a guarantee.
Maybe I’m just making this more complicated than it really is. What do you think?
Frequently when job hunting, people refer to a ‘open door’ as a potential opportunity and a ‘closed door’ as a missed opportunity. Well another door slammed shut in my face earlier this week. I didn’t make it past the telephone interview stage in the company mentioned in “Job Hunting Progress.” Not only was I trying to transition from part-time employment to full-time, but I was attempting to transition from higher education to healthcare. Naturally, the interviewer asked me a lot of probing questions.
When reflecting on the interview, I’m not happy with how I answered their question “Why do you want to work for our company?” Maybe I need to ask myself this question before applying to the company. Why do I want to work for company XYZ? If I don’t like my answer, then I won’t waste my time filling out an application. I’m not the type of person that can just work for any company on the planet. I need to feel as if I’m part of something ‘special’ and that I’m helping people. Unfortunately, I can’t get financial stability on an adjunct professor’s income. In the meantime, I will keep looking for those opportunities where I can make a difference.