If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I have no shortage of self-esteem. Often, I feel like I can do anything — unless it has to do with math or science, of course. But when it comes to my passions — dance, writing, foreign languages — I know that with time I can master whatever it is I set out to learn.
That being said, there is nothing more frustrating for someone who is confident than to be passed over for a job. I’m slowly realizing that I am in limbo, and there is very little I can do about that at this moment.
The reason I am in limbo is because I do not have the years of experience that many other job seekers have when they are applying to the same positions I am. Since time travel hasn’t yet been invented (and I would seriously be against throwing a switch to skip through a few years of my life anyway), there is nothing I can do to give myself more years of experience quickly. However, there are a lot of things I can do in the meantime!
Limbo can sometimes be a blessing. I have been extremely fortunate to secure the part-time position that I have. This position allows me to keep working, thus gaining experience. Because this is a part-time position, I am also able to work less and focus on bettering myself in other ways. I plan to write, present at conferences, and publish during the time I spend working at this college. Not only will this help me become more marketable to future jobs, but I will also be gaining knowledge that will help me be a better instructor to my students.
My most inspiring boss once told me to never give up on bettering myself. He set a great example by always striving to learn new things, and by always being positive. I am going to live up to his example.
Are you stuck in limbo? If so, here are some ways you can work your way out!
- Make the most of your time. You are where you are for a reason.
- Learn a new skill. What skill will help you in your hoped-for job?
- Network. You never know who might have something to teach you. Meet people in your field and strive to make friendships! Don’t just assume your network is there to give you opportunities without some give and take.
- Take a chance. Even though I know my qualifications don’t quite match the jobs I am applying for, I am risking rejection by applying to many positions. You never know who will say yes.
What would you suggest for someone in limbo? Have you ever been stuck in limbo?