Wrapping up my thoughts on my job-searching journey. Here we go….
I am beginning to think there is a secret pass code, decoder ring, or combination lock when securing a full time position in student affairs. If those items are in existence, please come forward now. I decided to attend graduate school for College Student Affairs because I love a college campus. I love the feeling that you get when you step onto that concrete slab with buildings and suddenly, you’re transported without warning into a land that has deep roots and traditions, laughter, music, shouting students showing their school spirit, banners advertising for the next SGA Club president, and friendly faces who want YOU to be apart of their team. The best part of this degree is you have thousands upon thousands of choices to choose your very own land to be transported to.
I am so thankful to those who check in daily via Facebook, email, twitter etc…. just to see where I am at in my job searching process. Words cannot express how truly grateful I am that you care. Not only does it keep me going on a daily basis, but it keeps reestablishing that there are fantastic professionals in our field that have a sense of class, professionalism, and a passion for making a college a better place. I look forward to staying in contact with you all in years to come.
Good News ……
Ever since graduating in May 2010 with my Masters in College Student Affairs from the University of South Florida, I have created every part time position I have had. I went and sought out opportunities to keep my resume alive for it was and is still important for me to be apart of student affairs in some way, shape, or form.
I have had the amazing opportunity to be interning with Valencia College Student Development Collegewide here in Orlando, Florida since January 2012. My supervisor, who is the Director of Student Development Collegewide, created a part time position for me starting in August that will allow me to continue to grow and develop as a professional in an organization.
The other day I was driving home from work and I suddenly had an “aha” moment. This internship turned part time position is the right fit for me at this point in time. I have fought so hard for two in half years for a full time position and have lost the battle. Now, I just need to SEE the opportunity right in front of me and be okay with it.
I am in the end very grateful for this battle to find a full time position in College Student Affairs because when the time comes to have my very own office space and I can hang that M.Ed. diploma on my very own wall, it will be that much sweeter. I have always been a late bloomer in the sense of finding my way in life and this is just another challenge I will over come. I mean, after all, I want to be the Dean of Students one day and I have to start somewhere!
I will find the decoder ring one day and when I do you’ll be the first to know.
Until then, I will keep you updated on my experiences as I try to find my way into a student affairs world that I CAN picture in my head and try to make it a reality.