Hi I would Like A Job Please

“There are no entry level jobs anymore,” reading that line in this article I felt like I had been punched in the stomach. I obviously knew this was the case, that no entry level jobs exist. I still think I am relatively new to the job market, even though I have been working since 2013. I want and need a job where I can be trained up and something which will allow career progression.

Going through multiple job postings a day it is very easy to feel disheartened and feel like you have no experience whatsoever. I also get very anxious applying for jobs, probably due to imposter syndrome, I start overthinking and then I never apply. I was feeling all of this earlier today and I am channeling that frustration in to writing this post. The top skill I emphasize in all my cover letters and CV is my written communication, so what better way to highlight it than write a post on everything I have learnt in the last few months while applying for jobs.

For example one thing I have learnt in the last little while is that everyone will give you advise whether you like it or not.

For Example:

  • Take the first job that comes your way even if you do not like it, then spend time looking the right job in your field.
  • You need a niche!
  • Be patient with yourself.
  • “Is there any other courses you can take to learn new skills?”
  • Excel! Databases!
  • Get Linkedin, reach out to people.
  • First job is always the hardest to find, after that it will get much easier!
  • “Anushka I think the best option for you is to get a policy job in government.”

But I really should teach myself Excel.

I really should take the first job that comes my way, as money is nice to have.

I don’t have a niche, I said that in my very first post on this blog. I studied marketing, international business and international relations. I’ve worked in media intelligence and human rights, there is no clear career path which is exciting but also stressful.

Its really hard to write cover letters for jobs you are not excited about, but you have to apply for them anyway because you need a job. Networking is important, making contacts is important and most of them time people are really glad that you have reached out to them.

There are days when I feel that I am useless, especially when the generic rejection emails come in. There are days when I wonder if studying as much as I did was a good idea, I have a lot of self doubt. I can’t take any new courses, three degrees is enough and my student loan is massive, I will teach myself stuff  (I currently have a tab open on my computer that says SEO for wordpress). Volunteering is a great option, I got to intern last year for Amnesty International and got a lot from that experience. It is a bit stressful having to need years of experience for some volunteering roles, but that’s just how the working world operates in 2017. It sucks, but that’s how it is.

Random tips that I am trying to implement in my life:

  • The minute you see a new job posting apply for it, do not delay.
  • Treat the job hunt like a job, don’t stay in you PJs till 2:30pm and search for jobs in bed like I did today.
  • Be grateful for the advise, even if it may not be the most useful advise.
  • Be grateful you have the opportunity to apply for work.

The biggest thing I have learnt is to be patient and have no expectations, make use of of your free time and learn new things! Also have at least one free day a week where you don’t stare at the computer all day. There will be many hard days but eventually someone will take a chance on you and me, hopefully sooner rather than later.

Good luck to all you job hunters out there!

 

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Happy Tuesday

Happy Tuesday! Start of the working week here in Australia (we just had the Queen’s birthday long weekend). Feeling rather anxious at the start of this week, but I am reminding myself to stay grateful. Here’s what I have been listening to all weekend, Dear Evan Hansen is so so so so good! Now that it has won the Tony Award I hope it will stay put on Broadway for quite sometime yet, so I can come and see it!

Shameless Plug

Two of my friends and I have set up a food Instagram, we are called Kiwi Food Trotters. Kiwi Food Trotters as we are three Kiwi’s based in three different cities, Toronto, Wellington and Melbourne. We’re  going to be searching for the yummiest bites to eat in our cities and where ever else we may be on our travels.

If this sounds like something you may be interested in, check out @kiwifoodtrotters on Instagram.

The Art of Combating Loneliness

The last three months have been the loneliest, strangest yet also most exciting time of my life I guess. Lonely as I am yet to make new friends in this new city, strange because it is a new city and exciting because its a new city. You hear all these amazing stories of people moving overseas for the first time getting their job within a week, finding the perfect flat and friends almost immediately. None of that has happened to me yet, most of which is due to my own doing, I am an introvert, I have anxiety, I am a serial procrastinator, these three combined is not a good mix.

I’m doing things for sure, but the last three months is probably the longest I have spent on my own. Last week I made a solo theater trip to My Fair Lady, it was great, I’ve seen two other shows by myself too (Matilda and The Book of Mormon). The more and more things I see by myself the more I think that it might be nice to share this experience with someone. Though I think of myself as introvert and love my alone time, I am starting to worry that I am spending too much time on my own.

Last week I  had some friends visit from Wellington and I forgot how nice it was to socialise with people again. Hearing from my friends I realized that I need to stop putting things off, I have to stop waiting for  things to come my way I must go out and get them, even though going out and getting it makes me incredibly anxious. Not that I didn’t know any of this before, but it is time to actually make an effort.

People move at their own pace I think all I need to do is pick up that pace. I’ve done a few things in the last week to start changing that, I signed up to a networking event that will be happening in two weeks. I’ve also arranged to meet two contacts next week for coffee to discuss career options. I’ve been attending Toastmasters here, which is a public speaking group, and I gave a speech after only attending the club for a month. I’m going to make myself attend some meet up events (I’ve been saying that for the last three months *insert laughing emoji*) and I have downloaded some apps! Bumble, Hey! VINA, Huggle and even Tinder. Hey! VINA is for women to make friends with other women and I am using it right now, honestly it feels strange to swipe left or right on potential friends but let’s see how that goes. I’m usually very shy at first but once you get to know me, good luck trying to keep me quiet.

So the art of combating loneliness? Be proactive. Just keep doing things, move at your own pace but keep doing things. I’m attempting to go for one new thing a week. One of my friends always tells me you just have to do what you love and the right people will come your way. Let’s see how it works out.

Happy Tuesday (It’s 12:21am)

Live Forever has been in my head all afternoon since watching videos of the Manchester One Love concert online. Random story when I was six years old, must have been around 1996ish, I use to say Oasis was my favourite band although I think for some reason I kept confusing them with Matchbox Twenty *insert shrugging emoji.* I can’t elaborate on that story further as I was six years old and I can’t remember. Anyway I’ll stop now before I start rambling on, as it is late, 90s Britpop is epic and that’s all I really have to say about that.

The Benefits of Baking

A party without a cake is just a meeting

I found that quote on pinterest when I was trying to find a caption for a photo I was posting on Instagram. I love cake, I love making it, decorating it, taking photos of it and eating it (obviously).

I once took annual leave to bake a cake for my brother’s 21st birthday, I took leave on Friday and made three cakes. On Saturday it was his friends party at home, so I went to that and had a bit to drink. On the Sunday, the day of the family party, sleep deprived and mildly hungover, I turned three cakes into one giant six layered caked. The result is pictured above.

This is the first cake I posted on Instagram in April 2012, the photo is taken on a crappy Samsung Galaxy Ace where I added way too many filters. I’ve come a long way as a baker in the past five years.

I hope to make baking a regular feature on this blog so I thought I’d start of with a look at the benefits of baking.

  1.  Baking is meditative – Its an activity which takes your whole attention and once mastered it is some what of a calming exercises. This leads to my next point.
  2. It’s good for your mental health – I find the process of baking is therapeutic and relaxing. John Whaite, a former winner of The Great British Bake Off said that baking helped him deal with his depression. When I am baking I am concentrating on creating a good product, that is my sole focus so I don’t let any other thoughts get in my way that could distract.
  3. Creativity – I was never the best at art, creative writing was intimidating, but now decorating cakes have really become my creative outlet. For inspiration I go online, in particular I follow Cupcake Jemma. I have learnt so much from her videos, she makes it so simple and I always feels inspired and excited to bake after I see her latest creations. Another one is Katherine Sabbath, her cakes are ridiculous, colourful and so creative. I find that when a cake looks challenging on picture, I no longer feel intimidated by it, I’m actually excited to create it myself. “Baking has the benefit of allowing people creative expression,” according to this HuffPost article. There is much research showing the connection between overall wellbeing and creativity.
  4. It’s a great gift idea – Not sure what to get a friend? Bake them some brownies, or some cupcakes. Who doesn’t love food as a gift? Especially a baked good where time and effort has gone in to it. I know I have always been so appreciative of people who have baked for me.
  5. It makes other people happy – One of the best things about baking is that you can give away your creations and make other people feel happy and in turn you feel happy. I’ve only ever baked out of love of doing it, people have always been so complimentary and have even suggested that I set up my own shop, I’ll keep it as a hobby for now, I have so much more to learn.

Learn how to bake, its awesome. If not baking find something that can foster creativity in you. People now and again ask me how I learned how to bake and all I say is my mother gave me her cake recipe around 2011 and that’s what I make to this day. Practice makes perfect, sometimes it will go horribly wrong (and still does), but when you get it right it is incredibly rewarding.

I write because…

“I write only because
There is a voice within me
That will not be still”
— Sylvia Plath

I write because I love it, that’s it. Do I think I am good at it? I must not be that bad, I have a couple of degrees which proves to me anyway that my writing is alright (although I did write a few atrocious essays). The only way I can get better is if I continue to write… right?

I write because I have always been shy, introverted and at times consumed with anxiety to speak my mind. The idea of raising my hand in a room is something that to this day makes my heart race from nerves, but I am working on it.

I write because I love learning about the world and I want to share that knowledge back. I remember a conversation I had with someone at university who thought it was weird that I was excited to write an essay for my international relations major. If memory serves me correctly she was an accounting major, so writing essays for the field is rather dry (I say dry from experience, I have written an accounting essay). I mean no offense to accounting enthusiasts but I digress, researching and writing about the world is something I want to continue to do.

I write because I can, so I will.