So I’ve never done a read-a-thon before but I’m really excited this one is going to be my first. All the information for the read-a-thon can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vn8_f92bAQI
So the basic idea is that with each challenge you complete it is an Exceeds Expectations for that class. The classes you complete lead to a N.E.W.T for the course that will lead to a career. My career goal for these set is Healer. So the challenges I pick will reflect what I need to get that.
Herbology (Plant on the Cover) – Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Charms (Age-line: read an adult work) – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Potions (Next Ingredient: Sequel) – Mastiff by Tamora Pierce
Transfiguration (Sprayed Edges or Red Cover) – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Care of Magical Creatures (Land animal on the cover) – Immortal Guardians by Eliot Schrefer
Defense Against the Dark Arts (Reducto: a title that starts with R)– Ready Player One by Earnest Cline
Divination (Set in the future) – Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (bookclub pick)
Ancient Runes (Retelling) – A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer
Let me know if you’ve read any of these books or are planning on taking part in this readathon yourself!
Last year I had three jobs. I was so excited to be working in my field (mostly) so soon after graduation. However, all those jobs were either temporary or part-time. After the mid-term elections I was out of work and feeling incredible unsuccessful (if you remember that post). A month later I moved in with my partner and far away from my hometown. Over the last 4 months in my new city I have been attempting to once again have a job, continue my career.
Applying to jobs was a grueling process. Trying to find a job in the field I have experience in and want to grow in. In that finding a jobs that I’m even remotely qualified for. Over the last couple months I don’t know that I hit 100 applications but I truly felt like I was getting close.
So in the last couple months I had FIFTEEN job interviews: phone interviews, Zoom interviews, team interviews, and field tests. Some were initial inquiries and some were series of follow-ups and meeting different team members. It was during those follow-up periods that I stopped applying, got hopeful.
Obviously after FIFTEEN interviews those hopeful periods got less and less. Overall it was an incredible disheartening experience. There is something that is much more personal about being rejected after an interview versus just being rejected off a resume.
But here we are two weeks after interview #15 and I just accepted a job offer that I couldn’t have imagined when starting this experience. It’s a perfect fit. It is a job that is kinda in my field of organizing while using my actual work experience of youth work. Now it all feels worth it. After 15 interviews to be offered a job that I want and am excited for, in a place where I can be supported and grow.
Truth be told I am also just excited to have a day-to-day purpose and a reason to shower.
I am so excited for this new experience. Wish me luck!