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It’s been over four months and, while I’m doing contract work, I still haven’t found full-time meaningful employment. So I’ve come up with a new plan: a bounty.

That’s right! If you are the person to help me find a good, solid, full-time job, you’ll get a brand-new iPod nano in the color of your choice.

This offer won’t last. Hurry and act now!

(Offer only valid for the job I accept, and you must notify me prior to the job offer.)

My dedicated reader(s) will recall that, during my tour of duty in the Willamette MBA program, I was editor-in-chief of and contributing writer to Atkinson Management Today. AMT is, of course, our humble semi-annual publication of interesting and relevant business articles written, edited, and published entirely by volunteer students.

So it is with great pride that I announce the availability of my second article for AMT, entitled “We Got Lucky“. The gist of it is that Oregon is, by and large, in a pretty good place to ride out the housing crunch and resulting fallout. I wrote it several months ago, though, due to time constraints, the current editorial board is just now in the publication process.

Anyway, give it a read and tell me what you think, please!

It’s been over a week since graduation, and I’m still unemployed. Apparently I’m not alone, though. As of last week, only about 40% of our graduating class had found positions, which is significantly lower than in previous years.

So let’s talk about my job hunt for a minute.

First off, there are two kinds of rejection. There’s the explicit rejection, where some company is good enough to tell me that no, they’re not interested. Or they’re looking for something else. Or they’re not filling the position. Or the salary I’m looking for isn’t in the range of what they’re looking to pay.

I can deal with explicit rejection. It provides a nice closure, and at least there’s feedback.

What I’m experiencing a lot of, though, is implicit rejection. Implicit rejection sucks because there’s no feedback whatsoever. I just don’t hear back from a company. I put a lot of work into my resume, a cover letter, and putting all my information into their database online (which asks for the same information that’s in my resume, which they also want a copy of), yet they won’t do me the common courtesy of returning any of my follow-up phone calls or emails. Many companies just have a wall and a “don’t call us, we’ll call you” attitude which is, quite frankly, extremely disrespectful of the time I put into try to find employment there.

So job hunting is unpleasant. It’s unrewarding. It’s frustrating to call a company to try to follow up and hear, “Oh, our recruiting department usually handles that… and they don’t take phone calls.” (Yes, that’s an actual quote.) It’s painful to try to get feedback so I can modify my search and search behavior… but I can’t even get an echo from the void.

Job hunting sucks a lot. That’s all I’m going to say.

And I officially have my MBA. It started in August of 2006 and, this morning, ended when I was hooded and handed my diploma.

I’ve been asked several times if it was “worth it”. I can’t answer - I simply say that there has not been enough time to put the experience in its proper historical context. I can say, however, that I would not have finished had it not been for the support of my family and friends - and that I’ve made even more good friends while being here. To all of them, I can say “Thank you.”

In my regalia

El Diploma

Next step in the adventure: Find a job, which has thus far been eluding me.

As I mentioned in my Final Grades post, I’ve achieved some level of scholastic awesomeness. I thought I would take the time to post a couple of the certificates that I’ve received.

Beta Gamma Sigma

Pi Alpha Alpha

Yes, I was given these, a couple pins, and a couple sets of colorful ropes to wear at graduation last night at a nice little reception. There were great hors d’oeuvres, fun stories, and - the staple of any successful event - free bottles of beer and glasses of wine.

In other news, graduation is on Sunday (just two days away) and I’m eager to get my diploma. Unfortunately, however, Sunday is when I go from “being a student” to “being unemployed”.

My final final grades have come in:
Data Mining: A
Operations Management: A
Leadership: A-

GPA for this semester: 3.90
Cumulative GPA: 3.76

This means that, on average, I have received slightly better than an A- in all my classes. I’m pretty happy with that, especially considering my undergraduate performance oh-so-many years ago.

I have also been invited to join two separate “honor societies”: Pi Alpha Alpha, which requires a 3.7 GPA for graduate students, and Beta Gamma Sigma, which requires one to be in the top 20% of his or her class.


I’m done with my classes.

I just gave my last school presentation for my Data Mining class. We finished successfully, and now I’ve just 9 days until graduation - but I’m done with all my schoolwork. Provided that I pass all my classes (and I should) I’ve taken 22 classes in the last two years, and done an incredible amount of work. Barring any strange unforeseen circumstances, I’ll receive my Masters degree soon (and get a job at some point after that.) This, as they say, is the end.

What will I do with myself now?

As the end of the year rapidly approaches, there are two school traditions that I’ve participated in.

The first is Brownwater. Named (I believe) in reference to the inner-tubing that usually takes place down the mill stream creek that runs next to the school, it’s a weekend-long party with multiple events. This year I went to the casino night (not at a real casino; fake money, but real prizes), the comedian night, and the barbeque (where the float happens.) I did chose not to float down the stream, however, as the 40-degree weather (with hail) was a full-on indicator of a “bad idea”.

Brownwater 2008 (Casino Night)

Then there’s Blackwater. An unofficial event, completely unsanctioned by the school, it’s best described as a “raging party”, and everyone’s invited. With a couple kegs, plenty of drinking games, and a “it’s not fun until the police tell us to shut up” mentality going around, you can bet it was a good time. (And yes, the police did come by to tell us to shut up.)

Below are two pictures, one from Brownwater, one from Blackwater. I leave it to you to decide which is which.

If you guessed Brownwater, you'd be right.

If you guessed Blackwater, you'd be right.

Fun times!

I just got the results for my Operations Management midterm that I took just before Spring Break… 99/110 (90%), which is, apparently, the highest grade in the class. This is probably the best school-related news I’ve had in a while. Woohoo!

Graduation day - May 11th - is rapidly approaching. A mere 40 days remain before the conclusion of this program* and I’m ejected back into the harsh, cruel reality of the professional world.

In terms of classes, I believe I’ve taken all the tests I’ll be taking as part of this program. In my leadership class there remains only a large presentation (and the background research.) In my Operations Management class there also remains only a presentation. And, to keep with the trend, in my Data Mining class, has two projects to complete. Classes are technically over on the 29th, with finals afterwards; since I have no finals, I have less than a month of classes left.

What does this mean? I’m searching for a job with painful intensity, yet still trying to stay engaged in classes. It’s difficult since the pace of the two necessities is vastly different. Yet, I will figure it all out… for better or for worse.

*barring, of course, unforeseen events.

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