By Christine Pitts
I have been MIA on writing for a few weeks and I am really sorry for that. If you recall from a few posts back June was scheduled to be a month packed with personal events. I have gotten through many of them and they were such a wonderful time. The other reason for my absence is because not much is going on in my world of higher education. I am applying for jobs. I aim for at least 1 a day, but even that made me feel drained. One month post graduation feels like six months post graduation when you are applying for jobs and not hearing a word back. It’s tiring and as hard as you try to not take it personal it feels personal.
I contemplated writing this blog for weeks. While some of my closest grad school friends had gotten jobs or interviews, I felt really alone. Wasn’t I enough? I started to list the organizations, clubs and innovative things I did during my graduate time. I started comparing myself. I made finding a job a race instead being patient in this process. I read a quote the other day by Teddy Roosevelt that said, “comparison is the thief of joy.” This quote made me step back and think about all the comparing I have done in my job search. I’ve beat myself up time and time again for no reason.
So, if you are job searching, remind yourself that it is not a race. The right position will come. Until then, stop comparing yourself. It will suck you of your happiness, when this is a moment in life that you should be happy. You just completed your masters. That is huge, huge, huge! Do not put this accomplishment past yourself.