Every decision teaches, punishes or rewards us. I’m searching for my first full-time job, and before I started I imagined it’d be an easy-with-quick-results process. My college professors said, “It typically takes fresh graduates up to six months to find their first job.” When I heard that, I thought, “Well, that may be the case for some people, but not me.” After 2+ months of no luck, I’m eating my words. Job hunting is a humbling, challenging and irritating experience. Just because you have a resume/cover letter and online portfolio doesn’t mean a job is going to fall in your lap. It takes a lot of hard work to track down a good job. I don’t expect my first job to be perfect. I just want a good fit where I have a chance to grow.
Decision: to search for my first job. Result: teaching value of patience and perseverance. Patience is accepting delay without getting upset. Perseverance is continuing to do something despite opposition. Accepting this will take time and trusting God has a plan is testing my patience. Applying for job after job, sifting through job alerts and going on failed interviews is testing my perseverance.
The coming months are going to be more of the same: uncertainty, humbling interviews, and unceasing applications. I have no idea what my first job will look like. I don’t know what the expectations will be; what kind of attitude my manager will have; whether I’ll get along with my coworkers; and how long my commute will be. What I do know is that I need to keep pushing, and after it’s over I’ll be more patient and perseverant than before.