After spending nearly 9 years in education, It’s time for me to move onto a new organization. So I’ve been putting in my resume for hundreds of organizations, but yet I’ve only had two interviews in the past 5 months. Everyone has experienced the frustration of job searching, but in today’s economy it’s become even more difficult to find a new job. With fewer jobs available, and unemployment at 7.2% in the United states it makes the quest for employment even more difficult.
So what are you to do? I have done my part to make myself more marketable by getting not only my Undergraduate degree, but also my and Masters. I have four years of Event Media experience and seven years of Information Technology split between being a technician and a supervisor. With today’s digital age I have an a strong online presence with linkedin, about.me, teamworkonline.com, and a profile on the Pittsburgh Career Connector. And to top it off I have a clean cut & unique looking resume to set me apart from the rest.
When I was told that graduate school is a marathon, I shrugged it off and thought I was prepared for the long race ahead. Now that I can look back on my personal experience, I’d call it more of a triathlon. You need endurance, speed, and discipline in order to win the race and walk across that stage. I’ve had a few months to recover, so I can finally look back on my experience without getting cold sweats or nightmares about deadlines. Hopefully this reflection on the past three years will help anyone else who is interested in perusing a masters degree prepare for their own triathlon.
All designers have their own way of finding inspiration, mine is listening to music. If you are an iTunes junkie like me, when your stuck in a rut sometimes just that one song can make you Jump back into Photoshop to create that masterpiece. I put together a list of artists & albums that help get my creative synapses firing, maybe they will help others as well!
I know I’ve been MIA for a while. For those who didn’t know, I began a Masters of arts in Organization Leadership in September. My first instructor was not kidding when she said that “graduate school is an endurance test.” I almost have one semester down in my three year journey and it’s a been exciting and exhausting. I will admit it was hard going back to school, but I needed to do this for personal and professional reasons. I have learned a lot of theory so far, but it’s still been a worthwhile experience. In fact for the first time in my education I didn’t sell a book back; The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes & Posner is an excellent read!
So that has been what has eating away at my creative time lately. I haven’t had much time to play with Photoshop, but over winter break I plan on finally putting together my next social media set as well as some technology reviews I have saved as drafts. Thanks for still checking out my site, hopefully I’ll have more goodies for you all soon! Thanks for your patience!
I was feeling slightly creative and wanted to share a set of web icons. There are two sets containing Twitter and RSS feed icons. They look great on dark or light backgrounds, so hopefully someone will find them useful. Please check out the Goodies section for download links!