When I came to the realisation that both the career I had spent years studying towards, and the job I had worked so hard at were not for me, I went into crisis mode. I spent the better part of a year agonising over all the possibilities. I had so many interests, and strengths, that I could potentially turn into a career. With my career search, inevitably came the soul-searching. I had to consider facets of myself that I never had before, and I was confronted with the age-old questions: “Who am I?”
Just like how a recipe has an estimated preparation and cooking time, societal values have decided that we must follow a certain timeline as to when we hit milestones: finish high school at 18/19, go straight to university and finish at 22, get a career level job and start climbing the ranks from there. But just as cooking from a recipe can take us longer than the prescribed time, so can life.
Job rejection is a large part of the job searching experience, and while you may feel alone in this, you definitely aren’t. Every person, including myself, has been in the position of searching for their first job. So, if you’re job-seeking for the first time or the 30th, read on for advice on how you can remain hopeful through this time.