I’m a fairly new Academic Advisor at a local college trying to navigate the maze that is Higher Ed. I have my degree and license to be a School Counselor, but it seems my arrow wasn’t pointing that way. After graduating from grad school in 2014, I was struggling to find a job as a School Counselor for a little over a year and a half. Needless to say, I applied to every job everywhere that could be remotely related to my abilities and degree with little luck; until I landed my previous job at a community college, which ultimately led to my current position.
Throughout this process I discovered a quote that really helped me get through the never-ending struggle that is the job search. “An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great. So focus, and keep aiming.” This has been my inspiration, and probably will be for some time. There’s definitely a lot of truth in it, and as you can see, it’s also the inspiration for the name of this blog.
Initially, I wanted to build a blog that had career and job search advice with some general advising thrown into the mix in the hopes that the research I might do and the information I may come across would allow me to really hone my skills as an advisor. But, the more I thought about how I got here, the process I went through and am still going through, the more I thought fellow job seekers could use a break from time to time as well. They say looking for a job is a full-time job in itself; whoever “they” are, they’re pretty spot on. For this reason, this blog will have plenty of academic/career/college information and advice on it, but some of my own thoughts and insights as well. Hopefully, at least one person will enjoy and keep reading 🙂
All the best,