Job Description for the 2nd year HESA student

So let’s face it, I graduate from my masters program in 100 some odd days.  That is the reality.

‘What you want the world to see’ Job Description:
25% of the time: work
– 1:1’s with student staff members
– respond to students of concerns and other job related issues
– other GA related meetings
25% of the time: school
– classes
– preparing for classes
– reading for classes
– independent research for class related topics
25% of the time: personal
– hobbies (photography & cooking for me)
– significant relationships (family, significant other, friends…etc)
– sanity activities (exercise, tv shows, video games)
25% of the time: job hunt
– conducting job searches
– writing & rewriting cover letters & resume’s
– networking to ask questions about schools/programs/departments
– helping your co-hort-mates to find positions & build their networks

Actual Job Description:
40% of the time: Here
– classes: attending, preparing for, thinking about
– 1:1’s with staff & other GA related meetings
– responding to students of concern & other job related issues
– personal stuff: relationships, working out, video games, watching tv shows, hobbies
40% of the time: Away
–  job hunt
– networking
– re-doing resume/cover letters
– submitting applications
– checking email to see if schools have emailed
20% of the time: Freaking out
– systematically pulling each hair follicle out of the top of your head
– trying on your interview clothes over and over again
– passing along the ‘not so great’ jobs to your peers while holding the ‘great ones’ for yourself

I just keep telling myself that it is early.  The actual ‘crazy part’ doesn’t start till March.

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2 responses to “Job Description for the 2nd year HESA student

  1. I love the last built point, “passing along the ‘not so great’ jobs to your peers while holding the ‘great ones’ for yourself”

  2. This is so great and so, so, so true! I have much more time to freak out since I don’t have classes anymore. Internship/freaking out!

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