Lewis & Clark College
As I navigate through the job search process, I have witnessed many colleagues show their worry or concerns. Questions like “What if I don’t get an interview?”, “How do I show them I’m qualified?”, “What if they don’t like me?”, and so on. However, I fortunately don’t find myself asking these questions. Instead, I’m asking myself on a daily basis what this search is doing for me based on what I’m looking for in an institution.
I’ve seen plenty of jobs that I would like to have. However, I’ve noticed two kinds of jobs: jobs that are meant to make you grow and jobs that are meant for you to simply do a job. Yes, I’m job searching like the rest of my colleagues, but if I see a job where I don’t believe I would grow or learn from that position, my time will not be wasted applying. I’ve got goals and dreams just like everyone else and I want to make sure I’m part of a community where that can be acknowledged.
The Final Degree
When considering a job, one of the things I research about the institution is whether or not I could possibly earn a doctorate there. I am always learning, both inside and outside of the classroom, and I want to ensure that my academic and professional endeavors are not too distanced from each other. If I can build a career and earn a doctorate later on in life at one institution, I’m going to take advantage of it.
I’ve already come to terms about the reality that there will be some institutions that will feel I am not the best option to serve in a specific position; they may not find a connection with me at their institution. However, before even getting to that part of the search process, I take the time to ask myself “Why do I like them?”, “Do their values align with mine?”, “Are they the ideal institution for me?” Regardless of name, reputation, location, I make sure the proper amount of time is taken to consider the “why” of my actions. When you apply for a job, make sure you fully understand why you’re applying for it. Is it because you truly believe it’s the ideal institution and job for you? Or are you just applying to see what happens? And is that okay with you?
Everyone knows it’s job search season. Everyone knows people are looking for jobs, and everyone knows this is all part of the process. I have heard many negative comments and perspectives about the job search process, which is why I chose to change the narrative and develop a different perspective. My perspective is that I need to accept the institution before I give them the option to accept me in return. To anyone taking the time reading this, you have something to offer, you have a contribution to give, and you have a difference to make. Do what you can to make this search enjoyable for yourself. It would be a shame to get the job of your dreams at the institution of your nightmares.