Day…I forget.Post Employment Era.

Available for work

I know I typically start these posts with the number of days I have been post employed, but I have now lost count.  Probably about after the 60th day mark, I just kind of gave up on counting.  That is mostly because, not in a million years would I have even imagined that it would take me this long to land a job.  I just assumed that since there are jobs out there, and I am educated and experienced, that I would just easily slide into one of them.  Well, even in this “employee” market, I got nothing.  I am not bitter, or giving up by any means.  I just need a break.  Job hunting is consuming too much of my mental space.  I need to live a little and enjoy my freedom for a while.

Job hunting do to list

So after applying for more than a 100 jobs and talking about myself more than I ever have, in my entire life, I am taking a much needed hiatus.  I have some irons in the fire, and I will continue to work those leads, but I am no longer going to actively pursue jobs.  Not forever, just through the end of  year.  I will start my hunt again in January.

Write write write - PHD humor

Also, I am currently a full-time PhD student pursing what is deemed a terminal degree for a reason.  I’m thinking they call it that because if the dissertation process doesn’t kill you, the review process surly will! So, my new title is full-time student.  I am going to stay active by volunteering around the city and baking cookies with my grandkids.  Who knows, I might be able to parlay that into an actual career.

I really need to give a shout out to all of my wonderful supportive friends and family.  Without them I would be so lost. Please don’t stop supporting me.  And if you see that perfect fit job for me, by all means, still send it my way.  I will apply and give it my best shot.  Thank you all!

 

 

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Dr. Cassandra Bowers

Future Dr. Bowers
Milwaukee Art Museum

Dr. Cassandra Bowers, or Cassandra Bowers, PhD! Doesn’t that have a nice ring to it? If you ask my uncle, he would tell you that even further back than I can remember, I have always wanted to be a doctor.

So here I am, seven years after getting my Master’s degree, finally working toward my doctorate. I think the ultimate comprise in my childhood dream of working in a doctor’s office is to become a business doctor. It is so very exciting. I am learning so much about my topic (diversity in leadership) and about myself.

Yes, I still work full-time.
Yes, I still am socially active with my family and friends.
Yes, I still relax and have me-time.
It is just now every moment of my day is planned out. It is very rare that I have spontaneous activities. What am I saying? It’s not rare, it never happens.

I dedicate 40-50 hours per week to the work that pays my bills. I am the Director of a college career center. Basically, I help students find internships and employment. It is an extremely challenging but fulfilling job. Imagine helping a student realize their life long goals? Pretty sweet.

My number one focus after work is to get to my parents’ house by 5:30 so that I can have a quick workout and then eat dinner with my family. We eat as a family single every night. I am so completely blessed to have parents that live so close and to have a mom that is willing (and able) to cook for all of us.

When I finally get home around 6:30-ish, I cuddle with my grandson until he falls asleep. Or he decides he would rather cuddle with his mom (sad-face). Then I review my homework, make some notes about my research and watch 30 minutes of a recorded show until I am so sleepy that I can barely keep my eyes open. It’s only 10 o’clock, mind you. Ha-ha.

My weekends are totally dedicated to studying, writing, research and my weekly assignments that are due on Sunday night. Unless I have a pre-planned event to attend, or my other grandson is spending the weekend with me. In that case I work harder during the week to complete my assignment by Friday. My time with my grandsons is so precious to me that I make them a priority as much as I am able.

My me-time comes in the time that I spend in libraries, coffee shops and mall food courts, alone, doing research. I so love research. I go off on these complete tangents about random things that I just have to know more about. Like why we kiss after we say I do, or that we pronounce the “h” in Herbert but not herb. There is also the scholarly research, that I love even more. The things I am discovering about our world, especially the business world, are so fascinating. (I can’t wait to share more about it, stay tuned.) But, I do take breaks, and go to the Art Museum or the movies alone. These 2 hour breaks do wonders for my mental health.

So, that is my little life in a nutshell. Completely filled to the brim more than I ever thought it could be. And beautifully more than I could have ever imagined it would be.