I know that I have been m.i.a but I am here, alive and well. Life has been good but busy hence the silence but I am back for an update.
Wrap Up of the Job Search
I just wrapped up my previous position and will be enjoying some “funemployment” before my new position. My job search has been grueling and extensive but the worst is over. I applied to over 120 positions in my field between June and November. Overall, it was a very exhausting and frustrating process but it improved towards the end. As I was ready to accept one offer another great opportunity came up. I generally do not believe in silver linings but I must say that being approached for interviews by certain organizations did boost my confidence and motivated me to keep applying. However, it was disheartening when positions were cancelled, which happened a few times.
While I dedicated close to 6 months to finding a good position, I still often feel like that wasn’t enough time. There were so many fellowships,consultancies, paid internships abroad and volunteer opportunities for recent graduates but the application and turnaround processes were anywhere from 6-12 months, which is quite a wait. I will not be hearing back from some places until March but I am satisfied with this position (even though I have not officially started) and it is very unlikely that I would quit so soon to pursue other opportunities. I do not regret holding out until the right opportunity came along.
I was torn between a few organizations for a while but eventually had to decide on an organization that would be beneficial long-term but I am very happy to have secured a position at my top organization (Sorry, I am not ready to divulge 🙂 ).
I’ve had to eliminate certain negative factors but I am currently in a better, more progressive and practical state (and that’s all I have to say on that :).
I was hoping to spend Christmas in Guyana but everything that could possibly go wrong with that trip did so I had to scrap that idea but I do intend to do some more traveling in 2016 (work permitting).
I just celebrated a birthday last month which was a big deal for me. This birthday was more reflective me as I tried to focus on being proud of rather than being so hard on myself. Even though I am still very young and haven’t gotten a lot of things out of the way, I have very ambitious career and financial goals for next year and I think that I am where I need to be and will keep progressing.
Now that I have a bit of down time to catch a breather I will try to maintain the blog and keep you all somewhat up to date with my evolving life.