A Chapter In The Life Of An Unemployed College Graduate…
|January 10, 2012||Posted by Katy under Graduation, Road To Grad School|
I’ll admit it, since I graduated (ok, after I took my Chemistry final a few days later) I’ve been on a winter break.
Even though graduation is the transition from the college “bubble” into the “real world,” I took advantage of my last true winter break- thanks Mom and Dad!
Sure I researched more graduate schools, talked about my future, and started looking for jobs, but really, I took the past month to relax and de-stress from the previous 3.5+ years. However, the “break” is now over.
Hello real world….
I will admit, as a new college graduate with what many see as an “unmarketable” major, I am petrified. It is time to grow up and find a job, which is difficult in this economy. I can not aim too high because I am not qualified for many jobs and I do not have enough job experience to even apply. Currently the only jobs that are looking promising are retail and I have a few places I am applying to tomorrow.
But that is life and I have to suck it up… but at this point, I’ll do almost anything (within reason), as long as someone pays me!
Since I currently do not have a job, I am having to find other ways to keep myself busy. I function best with some sort of schedule, but not having to go to class five days a week, opens my schedule wide open.
To keep myself busy I am taking Human Anatomy & Physiology I at the local community college.
I am taking it as a hybrid course which means we meet once a week for two and a half hours and the remainder of the course material is online. I decided to take the course for two reasons: 1) I thought that it would tie in with my study material for the ACSM Certified Personal Trainer exam I plan to take in Spring and 2) for graduate school.
I found an interesting graduate school program which combined public health with human physiology. I am looking very seriously at this program and taking this course will be a good indication as to whether or not I am truly interested in this branch of the field.
This course alone will keep me quite busy. In addition to the 2.5 hours we meet a week, we are expected to spend 15 hours a week outside class working on material, and I believe it! The journal assignments are lengthy and we have to memorize over 70 diagrams throughout the semester! Whew!
To achieve one of my 2012 goals, I am also taking an eight week Beginning Spanish class at a local high school.
I was debating auditing a Spanish class at the community college, but instead opted for a more low-key approach to start off. If I really like it, I can always audit a class later on!
It is a community education class through the county school system. I am the youngest person in the class by about 15 years, but everyone is awesome and fun!
I will say that I felt a little old when I was walking down the hallway this evening. I know that I am not that many years out of high school, but it is still very strange to be “back in high school.”
I am also making myself busy by researching races (but I do this almost nightly so that’s nothing new ), reading, doing blog work, studying for the ACSM exam, and, of course, graduate school preparation.
As much as I am enjoying my more open schedule, I also can not wait to have a job to take up some time. Oh, and a little money wouldn’t hurt either.
Cross your fingers that some opportunities come my way!
Did you find it difficult to find a job straight out of college or did you already have a job lined up?