Sorry it’s been a minute. I have been dominating the world and trying to get my life together!
So, my new - now slightly old - job is going well! I am really excited about it. I finally feel like I am making moves in my professional career. One of my co-workers is a singer and she is really good! I am trying to get her out there in the cyber world, so I was hoping that my 4 followers could check her out:
In other news, I am just hanging out with my friends; we were supposed to go to Traverse City, but our plan fell through due to the weather, among other things.
I am going to post regularly, I promise!!
There’s been a big Job Remix! So as of last Friday, I will no longer work with Wayne State Housing, but I will be working for WSU’s ACCESS office as a one of TRIO’s HEOC Student Advisors. I have been in Residence Life since my sophomore year at Michigan State; it’s definitely time for a change … I may get suck in Residence Life and not see what the rest of college personnel has to offer. The student advisor job is pretty much where I would go to schools and encourage them on college things, such as Financial Aid, studying techniques, etc. This job works better with my course load (I’m taking 4 grad classes now) and I think it’ll just be a better fit overall. Everyone says that I am good with kids and now I get to see if I can handle it.
The one reason why I couldn’t be a teacher is because I think that I cannot handle kids. I have been a camp counselor twice and I do well with kids in my family, but other folks’ kids? We shall definitely see.
I went to my first graduate class, CED 6080, Counseling Theories and this class is going to be no joke!
I’ll see ya soon,
The other day I was Blog Surfing and I read an entry from the Student Affairs blog. There was reference to someone that is suing their alma mater because they have yet to find a job. I think it is kind of ludicrous! I understand that many college graduates are suffering right now. Even with that pessimistic outlook of the economy right now, I believe there is still hope. I believe that the glass is half full, not empty, because I survived it! Here is my story:
I graduated from college in 2008 with a dream in mind: going to Syracuse University for their counseling program. I had dreams about it every night! I wanted it so bad, I could taste it! However, after I walked the stage, real life was waiting for me with a brick. It truly knocked my dream out of my grasp. With that in mind, I knew that I had to come up with another idea. Another way to get to my overall lifetime goal of receiving my doctorate – my short term goal (less than 5 years) is to obtain my master’s degree in Counseling. There were other ways to get it and being the resourceful person that I am, I realized I just had to figure out another way to get to that goal.
Instead of surfing the net or Facebook, I got a job as a camp counselor (I surfed on my phone LOL). I had the job before at a different place, I enjoyed it. I had money in my pocket and it was the first summer in a long time where I could relax and get my bearings together. While I was at home that summer, I also realized that family and my overall support network was extremely important to me. Being in my family, like most families can be crazy, but it works. My nephew even came with me a couple of times and enjoyed it! Not to mention, my best friends are in the area and I need them to succeed in my overall long time goal! I realized I have been away from them for too long. So that counselor job truly gave me some clarity!
I decided that I was going back to school in the Winter Semester, giving me another couple of months to ensure that my plans were going to work. However, I have never been the type of person to just sit around and wait for things to come to me. So I actually looked at working at Wayne State. The job was temporary and it was just enough time to give me some options while I applied to some grad programs in the area. (Working at a university is a great option because you can tap into their resources and connections; you can learn things without being in lecture hall – you just learn them in a cubicle.) I signed up to work for Residence Life at Wayne considering that I was a RA for almost my entire undergrad career. I applied to Wayne State Graduate School and got in!
Now almost a full year later after accepting my temporary job, I am (pretty) close to receiving a full time job. Even if that falls through, I still have back up plans B and C to take me into next couple of years.
I know that I am the exception, not the rule. I understand these are some tough times. But if my mini-bio has said anything, is that sometimes you have to make things work for you. College did not prepare the 2007 – 2009 class very well because they were going off of previous teachings when the economy needed fresh and young minds. Now, there are too many, so employers are going to want to see how you make use of your time. If you weren’t active in high school and college, well now you are going to have to be.
So for those who are in career slumps, here is some tips I have for you:
- Join a Professional Organization: I am a member of both state and national organization for my desired field. Join the e-board; this will show employers that you are truly passionate about this career path.
- Volunteer: sometimes, it is important to just put your face out there. You don’t want a lot of dead time on your resume. This is a great way to fill it up!
- Temporary Jobs: These jobs don’t have benefits, but this is how I got my foot in the door. It’s just enough to give you something to do during the day. If you kick ass, the company may hire you on full time; if you know your time is coming to an end, this will give you time to find another job – hopefully one that sticks.
- “Can I Take Your Order?”: You may think you are too good for this, but if you are thinking about going back to school, this is a great job to have as a benchmark to where you want to go. This is not going to be your career, it’s just going to be a job. Not to mention free food!
- Part-Time Student: I am always an advocate of going back to school. With a college town, like my alma mater, you can go to school and there are many odd jobs around. Go back for your post-bachelors, take up sign language … anything that is going to overall help you be marketable.
Not every job you have is meant to fit into your career path; sometimes the path is not as linear as we all would like. Good luck everyone!
I have to say that this applies to not only performance, but I would argue that is for every thing that you are anxious for! Like vacations!!
I am not taking a real vacation - like to some place tropical or anything - but I’m excited that I get to take some time from work. August, like many college institutions, is out of control and chaotic … you can barely keep your feet on the ground. Even though it’s brief (Wednesday-Sunday), I am going to take full advantage! When I think about vacations in the student affairs profession, I normally think of this:
Like most workaholics, when I am on vacation, I think about all the things that are piling up on my desk or hoping that someone is doing something right. When I return, I feel completely overwhelmed and you end up spending just as much time you did on your vacation trying to play catch-up. Hence, why the best type of vacation for me is a STAYCATION!
My Blog Subscriptions, apt #34 and S.HOPtalk, have discussed this concept before … it’s not new.
A staycation (or stay-cation, or stacation) is a neologism for a period of time in which an individual or family stays at home and relaxes at home or takes day trips from their home to area attractions. (Wikipedia)
- Wednesday: Chill in my room, watch some movies, go to the Farmer’s Market, read some books, go work out and change the world in between breaks!
- Thursday: Going up to East Lansing (my old stomping grounds) to visit some faculty and staff as well as some GREAT BESTIES!
- Friday: Going to a professional group meeting at Soaring Eagle; then visiting some folks at CMU!
- Saturday: Go back to Lansing and chill out …
- Sunday: Be at home to check on my homies!
PS - Some other links to check out:
National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) did a survey with it’s members and they identified the most important employer attributes.
- Will enable me to have a good work life balance
- Offers a friendly work environment
- Secure employment
- Good reputation
- High ethical standards
- Good prospects for high future earnings
- Flexible working conditions
- Offers a creative and dynamic work environment
- Professional training and development
- Clear path for advancement
- The Devil Wears Prada
- In Good Company
- The Nanny Diaries
- 9 to 5
- Erin Brockovich
- American Beauty
- Office Space
- Confessions of a Shopaholic
- Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy