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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

On uncertainty and the future

It's finally here. That stage in your research we have to write everything up, and spend hours and hours in front of the computer typing furiously. It's strange because you never really think that it'll come about. But one of those things that you always imagined will eventually happen in the future but it'll never really happened to you. Sort of like being mugged…

But the worst part of it all is the sudden realization that you will, in fact, have to find a job at some stage in the near future. Now this wouldn't be so bad, were it not for the fact, that I have absolutely no clue what I want to do. Actually, that's not entirely true. I do know what I want to do, it's just not necessarily available or an option.

Over the last few months have been sending out my CV to a whole host of different potential employers, both locally and internationally. I know that doing this is probably a good idea, but it can be incredibly frustrating. The fact that the majority of people that you send your CV to don't actually respond, doesn't really help much.

I did once receive a response from a UK based group that I was applying to work with. I had sent them my CV, along with a very enthusiastic e-mail, detailing exactly what it was that I was looking for, which coincidentally, was pretty much anything. They responded with an e-mail saying that they would love to have me come and work for them and that I must please give them as much information about myself as possible, which I did shortly thereafter.

Now you would think that this would mean that perhaps they were actually interested. However, there distinct lack of response thereafter, led me to think otherwise.

Lesson of the day: if you are an employer, please have the courtesy to respond to potential job applicants! It's most frustrating to be left in the dark...


  1. Wits without you is going to be a very dull and boring place :( I might actually have to get work done now!

    On the plus side, in less than a month you'll be able to write "qualified scuba diver" on your CV!! Awesome, no?

  2. I agree with Helen! Now who will I bug between lectures (and during lectures, instead of actually going to lectures...)?

    Helen, you and I shall have to find a replacement Luke - and in keeping with the theme of Luke's post, the applicants shall have to send us their CV's, which we will giggle over and then forget about...

  3. speaking of giggling at cvs... Did I ever tell you abouot the cv that Jo had from a job applicant. Her previous work experience was at 'loveland' and she was keen to try 'any position'

    Not kidding. Really.

  4. yes. i hate applying for jobs. it's poo. but it is nice when a senior judge (who you respect muchly) tells you that you were the best applicant but because you apparently did not want the job, she just couldn't give it to you. sigh.