Searching for a Job

Happy Monday! Class work is slowly (but surely) gearing up, and reading is the name of the game.

Because my first few weeks of class are going to be fairly slow in written work, I’m taking this time to focus on post-graduation. I mentioned briefly in the last post that I’m in shock over almost being done with school—I never thought I’d see the day!—but, per my personality, it is time to plan for all contingencies.

I’ve been applying to federal jobs (working and reworking my resume and cover letter each time) but haven’t had much luck. I’m applying for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) internship through the Voinovich School for the summer. This internship works in the field of economic development (!!!!!!) and would put me on the ground in D.C. I would have more opportunities to network and potentially attain a job in the economic development field. For me, this is my ideal situation.

Regardless of the outcome of the internship application, I plan to be in D.C. for Spring Break and hope to attend the IEDC national conference. Like I said before, this is a great networking opportunity, plus it is a great opportunity to attend seminars on the timely issues in economic development. While in D.C., I also plan to visit with my second cousin who works for the Federal Reserve in Richmond, VA, and worked in D.C. at the beginning of his career. I’m hoping he can give me some advice on how to approach my job search.

My fall back plan (because I always have to have one) is to apply to jobs across the public sector, in Ohio, D.C., and San Diego (my brother is stationed there, and I absolutely love the city). I have couches to crash on in all three areas, so I feel like it will work out.

It has to work out.

What makes me feel better about all of this (because I know I’m not the only one feeling this way) is that I know there are thousands of other young professionals in the exact same situation—educated, and searching desperately for a job. This is the unfortunate reality for many in my age group. My goal is to be more motivated; more qualified, and cast my net wider than my peers. I’m nervous, but driven. Luckily for me, my school has done a lot for me, preparing me for this kind of search.

“It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, ‘Always do what you are afraid to do.’”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I must say, Ralph—I’m terrified. But hey, what’s life without a little bit of excitement?

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