So. As discussed in earlier posts I find myself this September sans employment thanks to my university’s rather half-baked policy that doesn’t let it employ final year students, despite the fact that it acknowledges that I need to find work to support myself. And with my AHRC funding at an end it’s more crucial than ever that I find some thing part-time that lets me complete my studies, but still brings in a few pounds.
Thus I’m now looking for some part-time work that won’t interfere with my studies too much, might give me some additional useful real-world experience and which at the same time won’t be too soul destroying. Frankly, the latter two options are negotiable though. I have applied for two posts in recent months that I never heard back from (which was a bit soul destroying, as for one of them I met/exceeded all the criteria), but now I’m really going to be looking long and hard and getting a few/low more applications off.
Thankfully my CV is up to date, and I’m able to rejig it for various jobs. Slightly worried with my years of experience that I might end up on the over-qualified pile for some applications. But that’s not going to stop me. I’ve set up a load of alerts on Indeed for job-key words that might be right up my street, and now I just need to get back into the saddle of writing applications. I hate writing them (I doubt anyone actually enjoys it), but I can generally crank one out in an evening (although two evenings sees a more polished production). Of course I am left with the quandary that should I blitz applications and send out dozens to every job I’m even slightly willing to consider, or should I be much more selective?
Then there’s the sectors – do I only look at jobs in HE/FE or do I cast my net wider? Should I go back and work in retail once more (fun fact: one of the single most enjoyable jobs I ever did was as an assistant floor manager at a popular DIY store). Of course Mrs Llama thought it’d be amusing to suggest I go work for Apple – which given my love of OS and issues over the walled-garden of Apple led to following hypothetical interview discussion appearing in my head: