After college, one of the most painstaking tasks for a fresh graduate is to search for an immediate job and ultimately craft one’s career. This would mean a life full of responsibility and finding a source of livelihood to support one’s needs. Of course, among the many factors to consider in finding a job would include an attractive salary, a reputable company, and the nature of the job.
In my case, I was unsure of what job to take after my graduation. I was lost with what career path to take in the field of social science. I felt some sort of anxiety due to the uncertainty that lies ahead of me as a fresh graduate. I encountered rejections from various companies because of my lack of experience, insufficient technical skills, and other obvious reasons. As the dictum of Socrates” Know thyself” guided me, I was able to dig dipper within me to find that courage and wisdom to know what job or career that I had to take. Well, something good came out of that dictum because I realized that I wanted a job that I would enjoy and at the same time earn money. I also like a job that contributes to people’s lives one way or the other in my own humble way.
As a result, I grabbed every opportunity that came into my way during that time, from an office worker up to becoming a researcher. I came across to writing when I was hired at a government agency in the Philippines that provided services to rebel returnees. It was a high paying job that required me to do research and write correspondences for my superiors. My fondness in reading and writing during my college years gave me greater motivation in staying on the said job.
After 2 years of working on the said government agency, my desire to explore other options resurfaced again. This led me to search for other jobs and try to see what else was out there in the market. While searching for another job, I accidentally passed by an old school. I applied and passed the interview and demo teaching. I was so excited since it was a new world for me. I had to discuss topics that were highly relevant to the lives of my students because the subjects I taught were social sciences.
Teaching has become my bread and butter for many years because of the inexplicable satisfaction that I have felt in performing tasks related to such a profession. However, my passion for writing has always been with me and I had to express it again by finding a part-time job. I searched through the internet and tried my luck in online writing. Fortunately, I was hired by several online companies. Without fully realizing it, I have already been writing for almost 10 years for these companies online.
Of course, I never left the teaching position at a local university in the Philippines as a full-time job since it gives me an enormous opportunity to contribute to the development of our youth. I would say that teaching gives me fulfillment because I have the chance to mold the minds and hearts of our youth. Admittedly, the pay is not that much but imparting what I know to my students is priceless. On the other hand, online writing gives me the chance to share my knowledge with a broader audience. I got to express my thoughts on subject matters that interest me a lot and at the same time being paid.
I guess it is true that you will eventually find what you’re looking for if you just keep on searching for it. For me, teaching and writing are jobs that complement a lot in so many ways since I teach what I write and I write what I teach. Indeed, we will attract things that we truly desire as long as we put a conscious effort into pursuing it, a law of attraction as you would say. To the young ones out there and who are still looking for their path even amidst this health crisis, my simple advice is to keep on searching and believing because eventually, you will find that spot in this big universe that is, perhaps, reserved just for you.