I recently talked about switching my career from science to medicine, so to really kick that off I started applying for entry level medical jobs. Holy bananas is it hard to break into that field! Entry level office jobs are cutthroat and excruciatingly hard to get. I was shocked, I thought “psh no big deal, I’ll get a nice job for a year and get some quality experience”. WRONGO! (think The Grinch) So I started seeing a trend in my “we are going in a different direction” phone calls and emails. They are looking for people with certifications and experience. First I thought “where are all of these people getting experience for entry level positions?” then I decided to take matters into my own hands (like a boss eagle!). So now I am $90.00 lighter and Basic Life Support certified. My hope is that this makes me a hair more attractive for jobs. But can we be real and serious for just a sentence? Seriously and really, why does an entry level job require 1-2 years experience in a similar position, how is that possible? I am a recent college grad so I know the struggle in other fields, but it is just getting tedious and annoying. I was going to talk to my mentor this week about switching and possibly leaving my lab position, but he last minute went out of town. In a way, I’m relived but it also adds to the stress a bit more. My heart just isn’t in this anymore. It’s possible that it is just this experience, but this one is so annoying and frustrating that it has tainted my whole view on research. It’s like when you go to a restaurant once and you get diarrhea afterwards, doesn’t matter if it was not because of the food, the experience has made you avoid that restaurant for the rest of your life. I have not done my own work in the lab ever. Even though I am the most senior person, I still act as an assistant to the men and a secretary to my mentor. Maybe I should start using air quotes around mentor? I am very much into my yoga practice and my latest mantra for the mat is this. “I am firm in my resolve.” The more I use it, the better I feel about myself. (I will definitely need to go tonight just to unwind.)
P.S. I read this incredibly heartening list of wonderful things that happened in 2017 by Quartz written by Angus Hervey, check it out! https://qz.com/1169003
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