Honestly, I’m not ready to enter the “real world.” I like procrastinating about papers, midterms, and projects. I like having the majority of my days to do whatever I really want to. And I enjoy taking on sideline studies that have nothing to do with my classes (i.e. my Christology investigation). I know for a fact that I’m going to miss the ridiculous amount of freedom that I have now. And yet, I believe I will love what the world has to offer.
Today was spent in front of my computer, updating my résumé. Actually, I did more than just update it; I completely revised it. I changed the structure, style, font, color, information – everything. If you were to hold both the old version and the new side by side, you would think they were written by different people. Metaphorically speaking, though, they kind of were.
My first résumé was written during my sophomore year of college. I wanted a job here in Eugene and knew that most places asked for résumés instead of just applications, so I sat down with my roommate Mohan and I cranked out a basic résumé that I think was good enough to get the job done. But I was 20 when I wrote that one; I’m 23 now. I was barely scratching the surface of my English major then; I’m done with it now. A Communication-Studies minor wasn’t even on my mind then; I’m finishing one up now. I’ve changed quite a bit since then, so I felt it was only appropriate that this new résumé reflect that change.
Beyond the look of it, though, I wanted to change the content. My problem with that, however, is that I haven’t really done much outside of school. I haven’t had an internship; I haven’t done much differently as far as jobs are concerned (I even went two full years without a job – even during the summers); and I haven’t been a part of a project outside of school assignments (like an ad team or something). Experience in anything beyond pizza or golf is lacking on my résumé. And yet I realized very quickly today that I was looking in the wrong direction.
School has been my experience – and relatively a broad one at that. I’ve taken English classes, creative writing classes, journalism classes, and religious studies classes. In each of these class styles, I’ve learned yet another element of writing. Just browsing through the archives on this blog (or just the categories) shows the diversity of subject and style I’ve developed over the past couple of years. I don’t know if potential employers really value this as genuine experience, but thinking about all of it isn’t really for them.
“Know thyself,” Socrates once said. Why? I don’t know why he had first penned that, but for me, knowing what I’ve learned and gone through during my college years has helped me refine who I am. And subsequently – and rather subconsciously – it’s helped me to see what I’m capable of.
I don’t know if I’ll get a job that I absolutely love for quite some time – if ever. But I do know that whatever job I do happen to get, I have a set of skills from my collegiate experiences specifically and life experiences more broadly that stands out (if only to myself) to say that I’m capable of putting up with it.
Two weeks ago I once again sat down with my Episcopalian-priest friend, Peter. This conversation was a little different than the one before, but it was great nonetheless. What he told me this time was incredibly valuable with my graduation right around the corner; instead of asking what you want to do, ask what you could do. Given a good look over what classes I’ve taken and what I’ve gained from them, I’d say I have a very good idea of what I could do. Now if only the jobs would open up!
Suffice it to say, I think I actually am ready to enter the “real world.” I’ve learned enough to attain a degree – and also how to tailor that degree to somehow make it attractive (practically impossible for an English major). Now all that seems left for me to do is to keep ready and wait. Opportunities will present themselves – God will provide them, but the question I face is if I’ll be ready to take advantage of them? I think I will soon find out.