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Monday, January 21, 2013

Life as I know it...

Hi folks,

I hope you are all doing well!  Many of you might have some severe cold weather coming your way.  I hope you stay warm and only go outside if necessary.  I wanted to give you a head's up on something, in case you don't see me posting all the time.

As some of you know, I am in my 3rd year at my current job.  My job calls for a 3 year maximum term and then I must move on to another position.  I am excited, nervous, and sad to be job searching.  I'm excited to potentially move closer to friends and family in the Midwest.  This would mean the most to me as I'm ready to be within driving distance to them.  I'm nervous because in the past, I have applied to several positions and received "no", each time.  This is something that anyone would be nervous about, but with the amount of jobs I've applied to, I'm not as confident as I could be.  Lastly, I'm sad to leave the people that I have helped and those that have helped me.  I've become close to some of the students and my coworkers and will forever be grateful to them for shaping me into the person that is writing this to you today.  More on that to come, as it's only January and I have until May with many of these individuals before they leave for summer break (the students that is).  I'm officially done with my job on June 30.

I have a little over a month until my job placement conference.  What's that?  The job placement conference is set up where over 150 schools set up interviews with potential candidates.  This year I will be flying to the conference in my home state, however it's a "business weekend" and I won't have time to make any personal visits with friends and family.  Although the odds are not favorable (last years stats had roughly 250 positions and 500 applicants), I am hopeful that my experience will speak for me and this will allow for me to get my next full-time position.  Currently, I am in extreme job-search mode.  I look at my craft room and feel that I can't afford to lose time, when I could be sending cover letters and resumes.  Once I am comfortable with the amount of interviews I have lined up, I have to work on cheat sheets for each interview so I can quiz myself on the school before the interview.  There is so much to do, and although it's over a month away, not enough time.

As most of you know, I am on 3 different design teams.  I will continue to post for those design teams during my pre-scheduled dates, but will not be able to post more than that, as I would love to.  Please know this is not to mean that I'm neglecting the blog, my crafts, and all of you, it simply means I have to focus my attention on something that could affect my future.  Stay tuned for a couple posts coming up including one post on Friday and three posts next Monday, the 28th.

In the meantime, if you could keep me in your thoughts, that would be spectacular!  On March 3rd, the conference will be over and I'll fly back to New York.  From there, I wait for potential on-campus interviews.  Consider it the hurry up and wait period.  I have bouts of self-doubt, but am confident someone out there will see my potential and take me on for the upcoming school year and beyond.  II'll be crafting again soon - so stay tuned!

Craft on,
Ian

10 comments:

  1. Good luck with everything Ian. It must be a very emotional time too - three years at a place and then the need to move on. But also three years great experience! Thinking of you. Hugs, Karon.

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    1. Thanks so much, Karon! It is pretty emotional. I appreciate it! :)

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  2. Ian you are an amazing person with a huge heart and wonderful personality. I am sure the perfect job is yours for the asking and seeking. Will definitely be sending well wishes your way and will miss your wonderful projects.

    Good luck my crafty friend.

    Sharondalyn

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    1. Hi Sharondalyn! Thanks so much for your kind words. I won't be going away fully, I just won't be making anything outside my design teams. :) I'll be back at it soon!

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  3. Good luck Ian!! God has the perfect place for you and I'm sure you will find it!! :)

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    1. Thank you, Sharon! I appreciate it. I'll keep you all posted!

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  4. Good Luck! I am sure someone will snap you up with the perfect job very soon! Sending you best wished for you!

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    1. Thanks, Sheila! You are too kind. :)

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  5. Ian YOU WILL GET A JOB!!!
    I know you will miss the people you have been working with for sure.
    Do what you need to do we will be here when you get the chance to post.
    Fingers and toes crossed for you.
    D-
    dmcardmaker (at AOL)

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    1. Thanks, D! I need to keep telling myself that. I will get a job. I will get a job. I appreciate you crossing your fingers and toes for me. :) Hope all is well on your end!

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