It may sound cliche, but it’s true. The normal reaction when anyone hears that phrase is: Not in my field. In most cases it’s still hard. Maybe you are studying something really weird or you’re brilliant, but for most of us it’s hard to get a job.
I think all begins with the silly idea that if you get good grades and behave, you’re going to be sucessful and have a good live. Things have changed, I don’t know exactly how. I don’t know if it’s China, India…(you name it) but the world that your parents grew up it’s gone.
There are some sensations that are really difficult to explain. Being unemployed is one of them. You feel like a ship drifting, hoping that things get better in the future. In most cases things get better, but it’s up to you. You actually have to do something.
I finished college and that was the first sensation I felt. I have heard a lot of stories about students getting a job before finishing high school but that wasn’t my case. I returned to my hometown after refusing an opportuniy at an internship. The main reason was that I felt it wasn’t the right job for me. I thought I wouldn’t learn a lot. Three months later I regret it, but know I don’t. Things have worked out.
In my hometown there aren’t a lot of companies where I can work. I focused on one. I asked for a interview, sent my resume but it took almost 4 months to have the interview. Once they told me about the job, it wasn’t what I expected. It was a three month contract with a below the average salary. I really wanted to work in this company, I could live with my parents and I already have refused an offer. I took the job.
The first days were really exciting. I was supposed to support a team validating the market opportunity for a new product. It was cool. There was a lot of people I didn’t know and a bunch of stuff to learn. I have a really good first boss. She was a project manager, she was really clear with what she wanted from me and when she wanted it. She had a timeline and she was very clear where did I fit. She was serious about the timeline, I didn’t what to know if someone broke the timeline. Happily I always respected the timeline.
In the third deliverable I was pretty confident. I already knew the people and knew the technology. Things started to get boring. For me, it was always hard to believe I was getting paid for doing what I was doing. I just wrote a lot and made analysis. Back in college i thought things were going to be different.
With all this I was very happy to have a job. I was really good at it. The only thing had me thinking was what would happen when the three months end.
Fast forward, my contract was renewed. I ended working 8 months in contract and 3 years as a regular employee. I learnt a lot in those years. All the lessons proved to be valuable in sometime or another.
The first lesson might be simple, you might think you already know but if you haven’t been in the same situation you really don’t know:
“It’s hard to get a job”