Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Job Situation

So, I'm still unemployed. It's been 3 and a half months. I've been interviewing at a company that I was referred to by a friend that works there. I've had three interviews and they all went very well. My recruiter says "everything looks great" but the group that I interviewed for doesn't have any spots in the upcoming training classes. I've been waiting for a month to hear about the January trainings. She called yesterday and said that the group I interviewed for didn't get any slots in the January classes but they haven't finalized it yet and she should know more in about two weeks. There is a February class, so maybe I'll get into that one... maybe. This job is a great opportunity, awesome benefits, close to home, same pay as I was making before... and it's in the medical technology field. It's a stable job. Can you read the lack of enthusiasm in my tone of type? I was pumped for this job when I first started interviewing for it. But now, this waiting game, is making me think. This is the time in my life where I have the opportunity to do something great. To do something meaningful. I was talking to my sister a few months ago about what I would do if I lost my job and I said I'd do something food related. I looked into going back to school for nutrition but it's too expensive and takes too long. I need to work full time. I've looked high and low at the jobs around here, I've sent in resume after resume and nothing. It's so competitive out there. It's all in who you know, getting in on referrals.

Anyway, so now that I know I'm looking at another couple of months of time off, it's making me think that maybe I should be thinking about other options. My biggest passion is helping people. I've done a lot of volunteering, with the homeless, people with disabilities, foundations for cancer research and lots of other things. I still work part-time as a fitness instructor which I love. I write this blog, which I also love. I am the assistant organizer of the Celiac meetup (which is unfortunately totally inactive at the moment). There has to be something that combines these things I love?? I thought about it a lot when I first got laid off, but then this other job came up so I basically dropped everything else to pursue this one. But now I'm feeling like I need to think again.

I'd love to hear your thoughts about it. What are you passionate about, and then, what do you do for a living? Are they different things? Are you happy? What would you do differently if you had the chance?

3 comments:

Tiff -n- Albert said...

I felt that way when I applied for my current job. I was totally excited for it in February during my initial interview then I didn't hear anything until June when they finally called me in for another interview, then nothing until August when they finally hired me. By the time I actually was hired I had lost all hope and so I wasn't into it anymore. I really like it now and I'm glad I took it. Am I passionate about my job? Um not really, but sometimes I think it's better not to ruin one's passion by doing it for money. I like to keep my passions as hobbies. I feel lucky to have this job, or any job, right now.

sallybranwyn said...

I have a video response for you. Listen to the wisdom of Wham!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=figuOVg-vHs

Jen said...

Hahahaha Ohh Sally...