Life lessons from the job hunt

hearty-cloud-roadIt’s only now that I have a job that I appreciate not just how frustrating it was not to have one, but also how wildly idealistic I was while searching for one. At the time I clung on to hope, blindly believing that something just right would turn up out of the blue if I waited long enough, but it’s only now that I realise just how overly optimistic I was being (well, overly optimistic in between the odd “no-one is ever going to hire me, I’m going to be unhappily unemployed forever!” breakdown).

Since finally being offered a job that I chose to accept, I’ve continued to check the same job sites (not quite as obsessively and excessively frequently!) but it’s as if my eyes have finally been opened to the fact that it really is just the same old roles coming up again and again. Perfect positions don’t just miraculously appear – and even if one did, I can almost guarantee I wouldn’t recognise it!

Maybe the lack of variety in openings is partly due to the economic climate, but it doesn’t change the fact that I never really knew what I was searching for, yet I still expected to find it.

The number of options out there is ridiculous, and I struggle to see how graduates could be fully prepared for the working world when faced with what feels like endless possibilities. Maybe there isn’t much more that can be done. Maybe it’s just one of those periods of life that you have to go through to work out the realities of adult life for yourself.

I’m ever hopeful, but sometimes I think that maybe I’m a little too hopeful. I said in a recent post that you’ve got to believe things will work out. And I believe that you do. But you’ve also got to accept that they’re going to work out imperfectly, and that it’s going to take time, some risks and a lot of learning and adapting.

5 comments on “Life lessons from the job hunt

  1. Hope is never a bad thing! Expectations can sometimes tilt away from being realistic, but an optimistic outlook has been shown and shown again to be a huge factor in success (in school, in a job search, etc.). What’s more, a willingness to embrace and adapt to the unexpected – which it sounds like you’ve come to terms with somewhat – is a huge part of career and life development.

    I think there’s more we can do to equip graduates for a successful transition, but in the end it really does come down to experiencing things and learning from them. Learning not just about the world, but perhaps more importantly, about ourselves. Very cliche, but also very true.

    • I agree that hope is never really a bad thing, I just think I need to make sure I’m being realistically optimistic, and taking positive steps forward by adapting to opportunities that come up rather than just waiting for ‘perfect’ opportunities to appear. I’m definitely starting to come to terms with the fact that I need to be more adaptable!

      Completely agree with you about learning more about the world and ourselves too.

  2. I enjoy how honest you are with this post and how you leave on a positive note. If you ever get a chance to look at my blog you’ll see how obbsessed I’ve recently been with this book called “The Defining Decade”. I think you would really enjoy reading it, or at least some of the lessons I shared from it. There’s lots of tips on how to search within yourself to find your true passion and direction in your life.

    • I’ve just been having a look and I really like some of your insights and lessons shared from it. I have to admit that the title scares me a bit – sounds like a lot of pressure to get things right in your 20s! Though I’m sure I could do with facing up to my fears and reading it, so thanks for the recommendation!

      • I was intimidated at first too. But when you think about it, it’s more of a caution that what you hear about the twenties isn’t all true. It’s not just fun and games, we have to work too. Glad you’re checking out my site and liking it :)

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