So guys, rejection sucks.
But obviously, that’s not really news to anyone. Here’s the deal. I’ve been applying for a few graphic design jobs here and there, and I seem to keep running into the same final result: rejection. Now, it’s one thing if it’s for a position you know you’re under-qualified for from the beginning, but you figured “Hey, why not?”. It’s another thing entirely if it’s for a company you already work for, and it’s an internal position. Now try that twice. Super fun, right?!
It seems like so many of the jobs available in my area demand more experience than most people would consider entry-level. Maybe it’s just me, but when I hear entry-level, I think “straight out of college” or “we’ll train you on what you don’t already know”. Apparently, that’s not the case, and it makes for a really difficult time in landing a new job. As always, I’m doing my best to remain positive, and am trying to see the best in things. So I didn’t get the internal position(s) at my current job. It does suck, yes, but it also frees me up from having to continue to work there. I can be completely away from all of the things that don’t work well with me, and that alone is enough to be happy about.
It still is hard though, when it feels like being in a stable job for a good chunk of time, actually seems to backfire on you. It’s almost like the time I’ve spent at the job where I’m at now is working against me, mostly because I’m getting farther and farther away from recent design experience. It’s kind of turning into a horrible spiral of bad things. It’s making it a lot harder to land an actual design job now, than it would have been just waiting for one straight out of college.
So, I’ve still been looking into going back to school, which I’m excited about and nervous about at the same time. I don’t think I’m going to aim for MCAD, because I think that would be too much of a burden on my finances, and wouldn’t even guarantee any actual success. There are a few programs at another local school that are much cheaper, and I feel would still be beneficial. I’m looking a little more into the web design aspect of things, because many of the jobs I see posted require more of those skills than actual graphic skills. Hopefully that will all work out for the best.
Since I’m stubborn as heck, I’m obviously not letting a little (or a lot) of rejection get in my way. I know what I want, and I’m still working towards that. I may have to revise and edit my path, but I’m still not giving up. I have absolutely no idea where I’ll be or what I’ll be doing in even a year’s time. I guess I’ve always thought you graduate college, land a job, and go with it. I graduated college, and now am in some kind of weird perma-limbo which is getting harder and harder to crawl out of. Yikes. Life really does throw some curve balls at us sometimes, doesn’t it?
On a more positive note, my hours at work have changed so I actually have more time in the evenings to enjoy life a little bit. This also means that I have oodles more time for Ruby July related things, so I think it’s safe to say you’ll be hearing from me more frequently. Maybe my Pinterest Find of the Week may make a return in the next few weeks, too!
Hooray! (Right? …RIGHT?!)