I have worked for the Career Development Department for a little over a year. I really enjoy the job I have and the work I do. As a college student, I spent most of my time on the internet anyways so it wasn’t a huge shift for me. Now I just focus my attention on the internet and I get paid for it.Its a solid gig. Besides the obvious benefit of gas money, I have taken a lot from this job. My position has forced me to become more familiar with both Career Development and Social Media. Two knowledge-sets that are invaluable as a young adult preparing to enter the real world. In short, I really enjoy my job and it is perfect for me in this season.
However, I have not stopped looking for a new one since the day I got hired. But why?
Why would I look for a new job if I love the one I have? As I mentioned, it is perfect for this season, but I do not know when this season will end. I know for certain that it is a short lived position. I graduate in May and a new, bright-faced student will take over the reins. I also know that this is not where I want to be forever. I love Social Media, but it is not my calling. It is a means to an end and has already given me valuable skills in my desired field.
Jobs are meant to serve your career. Career development is about progressing your career for the long-term. Every job you have, temporary or permanent, expands your reach and prepares you for the next step.
I still spend 30-60 minutes a day job hunting online. Part of the benefit of my job and desired field (Film Production) is that it allows me to work short or temporary jobs, as well as working from home. My unending job search, has landed me Social Media work for two companies other than Biola, weekend jobs on Film sets, and a handful of consultations and interviews.
Jobs come and go, which is why it is important to always be on the lookout. You would hate to miss an incredible opportunity because you took a month off from the search.
It is important to be loyal to your employer. Do not hop from job to job every couple of months because something better comes up. But if you work hard and pay attention to the market, an opportunity may present itself that is worth the switch. If you are working in retail or food service, but really want a job in marketing, you would hate to miss an entry-level position or internship because you stopped looking.
There is definitely a balance between being content in your work environment and looking for the next step. Enter every work day with the intention to give it your all and never see any work as “unimportant because it is temporary.” At this stage in our lives, every job is temporary. We are preparing for our careers. Work hard in whatever you do and always be looking for doors to open. God has a way of guiding our paths through college and then through our careers. Stay faithful to him in knowing that his timing does not always align with ours. Sometimes it is when we need a job the most, sometimes it is when we already have two or three.