Heya guys and gals!
Have you ever been in a catch 22 situation?
What do I mean you ask?
I’m really glad you asked that! Well a catch 22 refers for me: To a situation like a job interview; where an interviewer is looking for someone with experience. Yet they do not have the said experience, which in turn means if an employer does not employ them they do not gain the crucial experience that they need to be successful in an interview.
Where did you find the inspiration for this topic?
I got the inspiration to write this from the constant struggle people in unemployment face on the job front. Myself and many of you will know the struggle I am talking about.
Don’t you think this topic is boring?
Yes, I definitely do, but I still think it’s worth a chance to get it out there and talk about it.
What’s your experience with a catch 22?
Well I don’t know about you guys, but I seldom, very seldom find an employer out there willing to let the experience slide and give you a trial to show what you[can] do in the job in question, instead all they seem to care about is what you have done in the past!
I once read somewhere that the cells in our bodies renew completely in 7 years, which means every 7 years we are a completely different person. So why can’t that apply to our experience, knowledge and what we bring to the table. I can tell you right now, I am nothing like my former self of 7 years ago. I have since then grown up a hell of a lot, gained new skills, completed opportunities and overall become a better person.
Even though I have changed, not much has changed on the job front. Why is highly frustrating, because I know in my mind that I can do the work of the person who has the previous experience, and no I don’t have any relevant qualifications but I do have relevant life experience that can be applied to most jobs. I learn something new every, and I do mean every day, and if you can tell me you don’t then I suggest you start. You should never stop further bettering yourself regardless of where you are, and what you’re doing in life!
I do have qualifications but they are not relevant.
Why don’t you get some then?
If I could I would, life is hard and expensive! I would love to go do the training I want, but I would rather find employment where I can learn as I work!
Let’s talk about interviews.
I hate interviews, mostly because they make me feel so uncomfortable, but even more so because I don’t like lying to people and I’m afraid that is what a job interview is unless you can find some common ground with an employer – which is very hard to come by! I mean why can’t all employers be more human! The Cylons have not arrived yet so stop trying to be one!
Why do you have gaps in your resume
I really need to pinch myself when this comes up or I nearly kill myself laughing uncontrollably. I have gaps in my resume because no one will hire me because I have no experience!
Oh Yeah I can see that but why?
Because I have no relevant experience!
Oh I see, What about your skills?
My skills, geez I could go into overdrive meticulously explaining all my skills, that are of no relevance because they are not certified.
That does not mean that from the time I finished college until now I have sat at home on my butt marathoning Vampire diaries all day ( see what I done there, yeah that’s what I’m talking about haha)
I have gained most of my life experience and knowledge via free videos, webinars and blogs full of great information and it really drives me nuts that unless it’s certified it’s of no use! I have looked after and cared for my family, I have taught myself how to code with html, I taught myself about psychology and taught myself how to use computers and their programs, I have taught myself how to use Microsoft suites. I taught myself about emails, the web, how to source information, how to write essays, how to blog ( may be debatable haha), how to research.
In my personal life I have learned daft skills like how to groom my dog, how to care for guinea pigs, how to cook, how to use an oven, how to meal prep, how to deal with my anxiety and depression without meds – which for me was a huge positive. BUT don’t get your back up! I know this is not an option for everyone so please do not take offence, I will not and have never judged anyone from their struggles and path in life. The way I see it is we are all striving to be better, some people just need some extra time to get there and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that!
What is your dream job and why?
My dream job right now would be a Personal/ Virtual Assistant position because I think it would be continually challenging! No day would be the same, I myself love computers and databases haha I know it’s not for everyone but I have always enjoyed that kind of thing ever since completing my first Microsoft excel spreadsheet first week of high school!
Yes I am a true nerd at heart if you want to label me! haha
Do you know how hard it is to change your career path?
The answer is hell yes I do, but if it was easy would it be worth doing? I know that this will be a constantly challenging and changing job front which I am totally down with! I’m sick of being stripped down to “You are not suitable” Instead I want to be successful and to do that I’m going to need to work my butt off!
I found ‘Upwork’ where I created an online profile in the hopes of finding some freelance work, to (catch-22) get some experience to get me a foot in the door! because I am sorry but there are only so many lazy, jamma days and tv show marathon days before you bore yourself to death and I need to challenge myself in life!
Why wait until now?
I think I have waited this long because I guess I let my social anxiety control and take over my life and this will be one of the first steps in reclaiming my life back to live as I see fit!
It will be hard; but so is life and at some point you’ve just gotta put your big girl panties on and dance in your underwear ( browny points will be awarded if you get the reference)
I deserve to be happy
I deserve to live; and on my terms!
x J x