Everyone has their life planned out in their head to work out perfectly at every stage of their life. Once we finish high school we plan to get into the college of our choice without having to worry about how to fund our education. After we finish college we plan to land the perfect job that pays great and makes all of those late nights, exams and stressful moments worth it. We plan to grow at our jobs or obtain all of the skills we need to get a better job and build our career. After enjoying our early 20s we decide we want more and go back for an advanced degree to open even more doors. After obtaining our post-graduate degree, we plan to walk into our dream job, make a difference and save the world. Many of these plans work out but we are never prepared for the bumps along the road.
Many of these things were possible pre-recession and actually happened for a lot of people who are only a few years my senior. Those of us entering into the market post 2008 experienced many unplanned bumps that derailed many of these well-intentioned plans. Throughout undergrad, I was able to obtain jobs fairly quickly and build up my resume. I landed my dream job out of college. I left that job and immediately started another job in DC. I went back to law school thinking that we had passed over the roughest part of the downturn and we have, but the market will never be back to the pre-recession glory of jobs and opportunities galore.
I left my job as a bedside nurse so that I would have more autonomy over decisions that were being made in healthcare and for my patients. I loved my job but I did not like the politics. Politics in healthcare harm patients and undermine the mission and values of the healthcare industry. I left my job because I wanted to be happy and I decided that my next job would be something that I loved, doing what I love and building up to my forever job.
This mindset kept me from applying to just any job, taking just any salary or just doing something to get a check. I made great money coming out of undergrad, so I know that I cannot make any less than that, but additionally I know my value. The issue is getting others to see my value and getting the position that will allow me to use my skills while growing as a health care advocate. I just want to be happy and to grow within an organization. It sounds simple but I know that it is so much more complex.
Everything does not work out as planned but that does not mean that we made any missteps or should have done anything differently. We have to believe in the good times and bad times that our steps are ordered and the desires of our heart will lead us to the right place. I am not here to just build my resume but to actually achieve my goals of changing the world and improving the healthcare industry. This time is just a test of my patience and to see if I will stick to my guns or fold under pressure. I know the right opportunity is coming and when it does, I will be glad that I waited.
Throughout life we can plan with the best intentions but bumps will come, foreseeable and unforeseeable. Through these moments we have to hang on tightly and stay focused on our end goal. Having a support system in place is vital and helps to maintain your sanity, stay encouraged and stay the course. After you have checked off all of your goals and one remains, know that the last check is coming in due time.
Focused. Check. Patient. Check. Grateful. Check. Job…soon to be checked. Be you. Do you. Tell your own story. On your own terms.
Job Seeker (Entry level risk management, healthcare policy, healthcare advocacy, healthcare law): www.linkedin.com/pub/irnise-fennell-williams-jd-rn/52/304/b60/