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Alright, so since I recently posted my updated resume on both CareerBuilder and LinkedIn, I have been getting about 2-3 job offers a week. Well, let me clarify--invitations to apply at and interview with a company that has a job for which I've already been selected and approved for... That's not technically an offer, but it kind of acts like one. At first, this frustrated me. After all, that's all I need--one more thing to do, one more email to respond to--*ugh.*
Then I just feel like venting all of the sudden, so I fire up livejournal (because blogger crashed my browser and is becoming all kinds of lame recently); I'm getting ready to go on a huge rant about how busy I am and how this is one more thing I don't need, quickly tallying all the 702 things I have to do combined with the fact I haven't had time to empty my own voicemail... and the list starts with "I can't believe this... I'm STILL IN SCHOOL for crying out loud!... I have classes to take, homework to finish, tests to study for... wa..."I stopped mid-sentence in my mind-prep-only rant.
I'm in school. I'M IN SCHOOL? What kind of excuse is that? People spend years in school just to get the kind of job they want... and here I am, sitting here with jobs dropping out of the sky and into my lap, and the best thing I can think of is say "I'm too busy with school to fill out applications for jobs these companies have already approved me for?"
These companies are asking me
for interviews. Since when does that happen? It does, but it is rare. Especially in today's market. These aren't spam, either. They are real. I checked, just to be sure. Let me take a minute to pause. Not one. Not five. Closer to twenty-five companies. All asking me for interviews.
Interesting. Didn't see that coming. (Really, I didn't.)
So why am I even contemplating a rant then? Too many jobs? Think: this is a good problem. Maybe I should fire up my blog and write an article about now, because of all these "offers," I'm having a hard time deciding between them? no no... I can see near and recent graduates screaming at the top of their lungs... bad idea for an article. hm... maybe... no, no. hm. Well, the article page editor is open and I'm already typing...and since I don't waste anything... *link: opportunity, stewardship, (=>)* maybe I'll just keep meta-writing...Where is an editor when you need her?
Maybe I'll write about how I'm finally making this decision to take a job. There! Plus this back story? Sold! That, then, is what this article will be about. Now I have content, purpose, backstory. And... it's my birthday. Good stuff.
. ( article.Collapse )Fact #1:
I'm still in college, (yes, *sigh*) but now I have more jobs and offers than I know what to do with. Do I quit school and start work? Do I finish out the semester and risk the jobs being filled by the time school is out? Do I take on both simultaneously? Do I have the option to accept at a later date? Maybe I should I use Doug's decision grid about best/worst outcomes if I do/don't? That's why I need to state the facts. This is both for external processing and a point of record.Fact #2:
I have more experience than education--this is true--in total time and on paper. I've been in school... too long. I don't like school right now--it doesn't feel like it's helping me reach my goals. It almost feels like a parasite, slowly sucking the life out of me! Honest, that's what it feels like most days this semester, and I have no motivation to finish anything. It's not senioritis--it has to do with the learning itself. If I'm not learning something new, I'm not motivated to do the homework. I'm motivated by learning itself, not the receiving of a good grade or the promise of a diploma. Therefore my experience is my biggest asset right now, not my academic credentials.Fact #3:
I've already learned about as much as I'm going to learn in college
. I have the equivalent of a masters' degree in total credit hours earned, but no degree. So, if positions that require 10-years of experience and seniority are being offered to me AS-IS, waiving any degree requirements, does staying in school to achieve the actual degree accomplish anything? If it does, its effect is minimized by the plethora of offers arriving in my inbox, daily. I may revisit this topic of degree completion vs opportunity cost at a later time (with my friend Sam--he's a good sounding board for these things), but for now, this fact is noted.Fact #4:
For the last 11 years, I've run not only A business, but a host of businesses
--82% of which were profitable or broke even on schedule and are still in operation today. I love small businesses! Why? Because they allow me the freedom to do what I love to do and what I'm best at--solving problems. Working with startups and local small business leverages my strengths in changing the world for the better. The only problem is, it doesn't pay super well... at least not right now. So although I can get by working for equity in startups, it does effectively limit capital acquisition and therefore potential to start new ventures in the long run. Duly noted.Fact #5:
I've held 12...13... or was it 14 (?) full-time or part-time employment positions in many sectors: government, academia, industry, and small business; most with offers to return if I wanted. Those jobs were OK, but didn't really give me an opportunity to do what I loved, which has always been far more important to me than the money or benefits they provide... besides, the "job security" thing I think is actually a negative. If you feel secure in your job, won't that lead to stagnation and stifle your productivity? I have to wonder about this sometimes... so it's all a question of what your objectives are for getting a job and are they in line with your values. Noted.Fact #6:
I'm getting tons of job offers right now. But now these offers are not just in so-so areas with boring duties like before. They're in areas I like... areas I want to work. And now I have tons--literally, dozens--of job offers (invitations, qualifications, interview requests, instant hire decision letters, etc.), so much so I don't know what to do with them all. These aren't just any jobs either. These are good ones. Kinds that people work 5-10 years in one company or industry in order to earn the seniority for this job promotion. That's the kind of job they want to hire me fresh for... interesting, and noted. Fact #7:
I never expected this anytime soon. I figured I would be self-employed for most of the foreseeable future--which I can enjoy and am contented with. Then maybe at some point in another 5-10 years I might work for a company in engineering or consulting--perhaps after selling a few of my businesses, or something similar. But hey, I'm open to new possibilities.Fact #8:
These jobs range from everything I've already done, to ones I'm currently doing (and love doing), with a handful everywhere between, spanning all my major fields of interest: management, engineering, entrepreneurship, energy and power systems, contracting, small business, web-tech, and drafting/design.Fact #9:
This part is shocking: these companies want
to pay me to work for them, as in, they want to pay me real money.
A lot of it. We're not talking average pay. These are the kinds of jobs people refer to as REAL jobs. Some of then with starting salaries with enough zeros that I thought the number contained a typo. There is no typo. That's what people with this kind of experience make. eek.Offers. Kickers.
So anyway, back to the job offers. Here's the kicker: these job offers (or invitations) I was receiving...? I still can't really wrap my mind around it, but I'm getting there. These were not just everyday jobs. Nor were they average or lame jobs. These were, for lack of a better term, REAL Jobs. Why is this so hard to compute? I know that in today's job landscape good help and real talent is hard to find. Trust me, I've been on the hiring side of the interview table more times than the to-be-hired side... so I guess it's not all that surprising when a company wants to hire me. After all, my track record is fairly successful and I do have a lot of useful skill, so they probably want to harness my talent for furthering their company... yeah, I guess that does make sense after all.
And they were in my industry. Their job descriptions matched almost exactly what I do already. Today. Right now. But pay 6-10 times more than I've ever made in my life. And now I have options. Options! I didn't even look at the benefits packages because I don't really care. I can be paid to do what I love? Why not take one? Oh... but what about school...? Hm... I have a feeling this is where the opportunity cost journal entry will come into play. It will be coming soon, I promise!
But seriously, when things like this happen, sometimes you really have to ask yourself... Is there a good reason to I need to be in school right now? If one of the main purposes of graduating college is to get a degree so you can find a good job, why the heck not just take one of them when they make themselves available? They're literally handing them to me... with new ones falling into my lap by the day... I even got a second and third email from one company, basically begging me "send us an email with your salary requirements and acceptance terms; we'll schedule negotiations and training immediately." No joke.decisions. decisions.
Hm. Let me think about this. OK. But not just OK. Yes. Alright. OK. Uh-HUh. Amen; Yes, Please, and Thank You! (for those who got the Rich Mullins reference: *fist pound*; you're cool!).Goodbye homework. Hello career world*.
*this is contingent upon the assumption that I can still do what I love... otherwise I probably won't stick around long and leave it for something more fitting.
Many people would say "it's about time, AK." All that hard work put into running my own business (for what will be 11 year next month? what?!?!?
) is FINALLY starting to pay off--that's exciting. Maybe not in money directly, but in the sheer amount of experience and trade skill I've learned in the process. But the true accomplishment is finding what I love to do AND getting paid for it.
Either way, The. Fruit. Is. Coming.
Now I just need to wrap up this current phase of school semester and business things to a point which makes the most sense and then TAKE THE PLUNGE, opportunity costs analysis pending. The best part about it? I'm not scared at all, not even a little. I'm actually a bit excited for what this new adventure might bring... especially if it means saying goodbye to the love-hate relationship I have with college. Oh, good idea: I should write an article about my breakup with college. I'm liking this decision already...