I graduated from college this past spring with a degree in Writing. And right now…I am totally living my dream-life.
No. I’m actually not.
I don’t know about you, but I feel like growing up I learned a lot of various disciplines–biology to history to art to music to English to foreign languages to philosophy and the list goes on. And then I go off to college to study something and hope that that ‘something’ will get me a job.
It wasn’t until the senior of my college year that I learned–getting hired is not solemnly based on my degree but also my strengths and weakness, my abilities and disabilities, what I have to offer to the company (that’s doing the hiring). That was when I realized that if a company has the right to hire the best candidate, then I, too, as a candidate has the right to choose my employer.
What? A job is a job right? True. A job is a job. However, I believe that when a company hires someone, the company is making an investment. Whether the company is retail, a school, a warehouse, a business, or whatever…the company wants to invest in someone that can get the work done, and can carry out the mission of the company. With that all said, as a candidate I also have the choice to decide who I want to work for. If I get hired a company that pays great, has great benefits, but I don’t believe in the mission or the work…I would decline.
Though a lot of people would probably tell me I’m crazy, to me…I want to make an investment in the right company because my experience there will train me and help me and eventually lead me to a better job (or a promotion).
However, I did not imagine the post-graduation life to be like this (my current life right now). I wake up, go to work, come home and just do whatever. I didn’t really have an ideal picture of what post-graduation would look like…but I know it definitely did not look like this. Continue reading