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!

 

 

Day one, post-employment…

Available for work

Today is the first day in over 20 years that I haven’t had a job. I am a girl that likes to work. So much so that even when I’ve switched jobs, I would end one on a Friday and start the new one on a Monday.  Seriously, I barely take vacation time because I actually like to work.  So this worker bee is now in a place that she hasn’t been in quite some time. I’m documenting my journey, here’s hoping that this is my last post because I will have a job tomorrow.

Day one post-employment. 8.16.17

On my first unofficial day of unemployment (Tuesday), I spent 13 full hours submitting to job applications. YES, you read that correctly, 13 hours!  Guess what? I still don’t have a job today. So frustrating.

Okay, so now here we are, day one of my official first day post-employment.

6:40 AM: Time to prayI started my day with prayer. I am a praying woman, but I don’t typically start with prayer as soon as I open my eyes. Today I did. I asked the Lord to grant me peace, to guide my steps. I asked that I find a job that that would fulfill my passion AND financial obligations.  I told Him what He already knows, that I am trusting Him in utter faith to take me to the next point in my career. Well my friends, you might not believe what I believe, but I had such a feeling of peace and joy come over me that I had to smile. He’s got this. I’ve got this. Now don’t get me wrong faith without work, is that of a fool. I’m no fool.  So I am working, full-time to find a new job.

7:35 AM: Advisory Board meeting. Today the meeting seemed so much more crowded. All these people with full-time jobs making decisions that would impact other people.  Talking about how to help students succeed, in life, in college and at work. The whole time I was thinking, I wonder if Susie got my email with my resume? Or wait, I need to update my resume to say that I did this. Hmm, did I remember to get my favorite coffee mug off of my desk?  Then snap, someone mentioned my name. Dang, what did they say? I nodded and smiled. I guess that worked because they went onto the next topic. But I did snap out of it long enough to actually add some useful information to the conversation. Finally, the meeting was over. The board president and I discussed my lack of employment, he asked me to send my resume.

9:00 AM: At the local coffee shop. I start making a to-do-list…

  1. Get a job.
  2. Go to see the doctor.
  3. Make an eye appointment.
  4. Make a dentist appointment.
  5. Clean the garage. This has been on my list since May.
  6. Clean the basement. This has been on my list since January.
  7. Clean the kitchen cabinets.
  8. Call my credit companies. I heard that this is the perfect to negotiate.
  9. Do my homework. Oh yea, that’s right, I’m working on my PhD. I almost forgot.
  10. Email Joe.
  11. Email Brandie.
  12. Email Wade.
  13. Look up Account Management jobs.

5:00 PM: I finished my homework. I emailed Joe, Brandie and Wade. I still don’t have a job and my garage, basement and kitchen cabinets are still a mess! Oh plus my teeth still need cleaning and my glasses adjusted. Basically, the only thing I really accomplished was my homework.

8:00 PM: I still don’t have a job. But I have made process, I wrote this blog post.

So that was the summary of my first official day, post-employment.  I hope you get my sarcasm and painfully accurate depiction of humor regarding a subject that is absolutely not funny.

By the way, if you have an extra job laying around that you aren’t using, I could use one.  Seriously, though, link in with me. https://www.linkedin.com/in/cassbowers/

 

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.