It is no secret that the student affairs job search process is a long, daunting, emotional roller coaster of a ride. You find out who you are, what you want and maybe some things you never knew you never knew.
This entry is for those of you, like myself, who have yet to find a job, panicking now that the new fiscal year has started and are likely beginning to consider looking outside the field.
Self-doubt might be creeping in? Am I looking at the right functional area? Am I too narrowed in my geographic area? You might wonder if it is time to expand your search, if you chose the right field and even question your qualifications (I’m taking to you, imposter phenomenon).
To this, I challenge you to remember a wonderful Amy Poehler quote
“Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it. And by doing it, they’re proven right. Because, I think there’s something inside of you—and inside of all of us—when we see something and we think, “I think I can do it, I think I can do it. But I’m afraid to.” Bridging that gap, doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that—THAT is what life is. And I think you might be really good. You might find out something about yourself that’s special. And if you’re not good, who cares? You tried something. Now you know something about yourself. Now you know. A mystery is solved. So, I think you should just give it a try. Just inch yourself out of that back line. Step into life. Courage. Risks. Yes. Go. Now.”
Let go, be yourself and you will realize that you are more capable than you think. Stop worrying about you cohort members as Amy Poehler also states “Rooting for other people’s failure does get in the way of your success.” Do not worry that you are the last one without a job. If you learn your story and about yourself, keep applying, be yourself and try, something will come your way. Maybe your dream Job One just has not been posted yet.
#SABeginnings is a month long series that asks SA grad students and 1st year pros to share a piece of their journey with the entire SAC community, new and seasoned. We believe in investing in the future of our awesome profession here at SAC. For more information, check out the introduction post written by Alex Fields.