By Joel | June 30, 2011
After several job search attempts, I still find myself asking the same question, “What am I going to do after JVC?” Every day we get closer to the end of the program, the more unclear it seems for me as to which path to take. The question becomes more relevant every single day and some times it’s exciting and other times it’s frustrating. Just when I thought I had a clear path, I find out that that is not necessarily the case.
I read an article recently that stated that in this recession an average job seeker spends and waits on average 40 weeks before he or she gets hired. From the application to the interviews and to all the corporate mumbo-jumbo, time could easily fly. That’s a long time to wait and could practically drain any individual. Honestly, it’s already taking a toll on me and if this statistic is correct, then I have a long road ahead.
The country’s economic situation is certainly better now than when bank after bank was falling and needing a bail out. An encouraging story on the Wall Street Journal a few weeks back said that companies are more likely to hire recent college graduates this year than 2010. That’s some positive news! The question is, “What companies are we talking about and where?” In spite of a more robust economy than other states, Texas jobseekers are still finding it hard to land a job. If Austinites are struggling in seeking employment, I could only imagine how much harder it is for other people in other cities.
At this point, it is a waiting game. One person told me that even though I try my hardest to apply and get interviews, I ultimately cannot give myself a job, unless I start my own. And this is absolutely right! In the meantime, I have to keep motivating myself and practicing what I know best, so I will not lose the skills I look forward to apply in the new opportunities ahead. So to my fellow uncertain peers, hang in there for we’ll get through this. Patience is key. Don’t give up.