It's full steam ahead for job applications and I'm starting to wonder if any fish are gonna bite the countless worms I've been throwing out there. It's no surprise that the job market is packed with talent and the opportunities are few.
In my previous job, I saw first hand how easy it was to cut down on manpower and continue business-as-usual despite increased workloads on employees. Once a business is forced to do more with less, I see no reason why they would be looking to increase their staff.
So here I am about a month away from finishing my full-time class schedule, and I haven’t secured much more than a response email telling me “unfortunately, we are not hiring.” I’m starting to wonder how I should best manage my time. I have three options:
Continue to pursue employment by filling out applications to job postings and sending blind emails.
Devote myself to education in the fields that I am interested in. During all this time spent applying to jobs that I am probably less than qualified for, I could be reading and researching information that will make me a more effective employee.
Pursue my interests through entrepreneurship with the hopes of success in the small business market. (e.g. Pro Voca Design)
My best bet would be to pursue all three simultaneously. Not surprisingly, number 3 interests me the most. This figure of Pro Voca Design has been lingering around for the last few years. People always ask, “what is it?” and “what does it mean?” I tend to respond saying that it’s my future company, or that it’s a ‘lifestyle brand.’ Maybe it is time to pledge my free time toward developing a business model and seeing if there is a market for my brand of thought and creativity.
But what would I do? I’m not sure yet. I’ve always had a deep connection to being creative and having an artistic output. I also enjoy designing and building things, particularly sports equipment usually wheels and straps. On top of that I’m really into Project Management and utilizing my organizational skills and acute attention to details. Oh and on top of all of that is my appreciation for sustainable practices, reusing old stuff to make new stuff and limiting production at the expense of ‘new’ materials.
I’d like to be able to pursue all of this while combining a sense of community and assistance to others. So that’s what I’ll be thinking about for the next month. What will you be thinking about?