Well, 2.5 years later, and I’m almost done with my MSW program.
Oh, the trials and tribulations I have gone through these past few years…
My mother started nagging me back in January asking when I was going to start job hunting. With an MSW, if you want to get your ASW number, you have to wait until you get your diploma in order to request continuation of licensure hours, and the diploma doesn’t show up for at least a month or two after you walk across that stage.
So long story short, I waited for spring break to be over before I put in official effort applying for jobs. Within two weeks I was receiving a call back from one of the organizations, and one of the administrators was nice enough to notify me that the position I applied for was filled, although, there was a different position available still, that requested the same qualifications.
This ended with me having my first official job interview last week. I went in confident, and left confident, which I find to be rare with a position you don’t completely feel ready for.
I recognize my faults and where my strengths truly lie, and that in itself was good enough for me to walk into the interview with confidence that I would present myself as qualified for the position.
Word of advice: always go into the interview expecting the description online to not include all aspects required, as you will find out more details in person. You may recognize you aren’t as qualified as you originally thought, yet, don’t be discouraged, as you know you entered that room feeling that you are qualified with the descriptions they offered, and that’s what led you to the opportunity.
I left my interview recognizing where I could improve my skill set and increase my understanding regarding the services that are being offered in the area. I now know what I need to do to improve my chances for the next one, and that is a learning experience we all must go through.