Last March I wrote a post about my job hunting progress. It’s been a month since I submitted my Ph.D. thesis and a month left since my Ph.D. thesis examination, so with the Ph.D. stress (sort of) out of the way I decided it was time to step up my job hunting game and make the most of my time.
One thing that no one tells you – including the University Careers Service and your supervisors – is how incredibly tough the job hunting process is! From writing multiple personal statements for each job position to being interviewed at different stages for the same role, job hunting is exhausting, terrifying and disappointing.
Up until to that point, I have successfully applied for 13 jobs (what a number!),and I have successfully been rejected by all of them. Some of the feedback was that I was ‘overly qualified for the position applied‘ and some other that my skills and qualifications were not what they thought would be ‘suitable for this position‘.
With each e-mail of rejection I feel more and more disappointed in myself, thinking that 13 years of academic studies are not appreciated and are going to waste. And then my pup, Cruzy, gives me a hug and it is all forgotten. Because sometimes with this simple puppy hug I am being reminded that there are other things that are important in life – having my health, family and friends, and this beautiful puppy giving me endless love – and that with every rejection there is a new opportunity just over the corner.
I am not letting these rejections get me down though. Today, with a sore throat and 38 degrees fever, I am applying for 4 different positions that I have high hopes to be interviewed for. Fingers (and paws) crossed I’ll get one!
P.S: Cruzy is currently lying next to me on my blanket, occasionally checking at me making sure everything is good. What have I done to deserve so much love?