My close friends (and now you) know that I am unhappy in my current job. I do love the kids with whom I work. They make my job less frustrating. I have no problem with the children. I have problems with my boss, the slut of the office, and the parents (biological, foster, and adoptive).
After I completed everything I intended to complete yesterday at work, I spent time job searching. I’m not sure how many jobs I applied to, but hopefully I’ll get a call for an interview sometime soon.
The question is: what do I want to be when I grow up?
The answer: I don’t have a freaking clue.
I completed my Master of Social Work degree because that seemed to be the next logical step in securing a career. I have no idea what I’m good at though. Some say I’m good at listening – does that mean I should be a counselor? Some say that I am good with children – does that mean I should be a teacher, mentor, school counselor, work in child welfare? Some say that I am creative – I do not think I am creative enough to be in any of the fields related to art. I know I am good at interacting with people. I do not want a customer-service-representative-type job.
I’ve applied to 12 jobs this month at USAJOBS. That does not seem like that many, but that’s only one site. I’ve applied to probably 6 other jobs through other websites over the last two weeks or so. At USAJOBS I’ve applied to jobs with the following titles:
- Psychology Aid & Technician – Tuscon, AZ
- Psychology Technician – Oklahoma City, OK; Clarksburg, WV
- Social Worker (Community Based Outreach Center) – Junction City, KS
- Writer/Editer (Printed Media) – Alexandria, VA
- Social Worker (Suicide Prevention) – Prescott, AZ
- Social Worker (Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist) – Salt Lake City, UT
- Social Worker (Inpatient – Med/Surg/PACT) – Fort Harrison, MT
- Social Worker – Houston, TX
- Social Worker (Inpatient Primary Care) – Fargo, ND
- Contract Speactialist – Montgomery, AL; Prescott, AZ ; Newington, CT; West Haven, CT; Lexington, KY; Louisville, KY; Bedford, MA; Leeds, MA; Roxbury, MA; Manchester, NH; Providence, RI; Murfreesboro, TN; Big Spring, TX; Dallas, TX; San Antonio, TX; Temple, TX; Salt Lake City, UT; White River Junction, VT; Huntington, WV
- Social Services Representative – Harlem, MT
For the majority of these positions one must have an MSW and be licensed to independently practice social work at the master degree level. I qualify for the basic stuff. The problem is that there are a lot of people looking for jobs who have way more experience and expertise in the social work field than I do.
Of these, I would really like to be considered for either the Suicide Prevention Social Worker or the Psychology Aid & Technician (also has to do with Suicide Prevention). I have a major interest in Suicide Prevention. I wrote cover letters for those job applications. When you apply online, generally, cover letters are not required. Because I know that I will more than likely be surpassed by an individual with much more experience than I, I typically do not compose a cover letter as the online questionnaire is the basis for whether or not you are “qualified” candidate.
But, for the two jobs pertaining to suicide prevention, I wrote cover letters. Maybe that will boost my chances… Maybe because I took the time to write a quick note detailing my interest in the two positions I will get more than just a 3o second glance at my questionnaire responses.
So, why the interest in suicide prevention? My best friend attempted suicide in high school. That was so scary. I’m so glad that she didn’t complete suicide. In the United States, suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death. In my state (WV), suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in individuals ages 14-25. My state’s suicide rate is HIGHER than the national average. That is huge.
Talking with my boyfriend. I love him. 🙂
Anyway, job searching. Yup.