Last year, I wrote a resume of failures, which–ironically–became one of my most successful posts. Friends and acquaintances told me that it was “humanizing” and that they were inspired to make their own.
I think one of the things that made the post relatable was how vulnerable it was. We tend to only share our successes on social media, especially when it comes to our professional lives. We see announcements about grad school acceptances, new jobs at Google, white coat ceremonies. I’m always excited to see my friends go places, and I think we definitely should keep sharing major professional developments.
That said, seeing only celebratory posts can give us the false impression that everyone knows what they’re doing, or has a fancy career. So, I wanted to keep it real again and share what I’m doing–working a freelance, part-time role without benefits. I certainly don’t know what I’m doing, and don’t have a clear career trajectory. But I appreciate the freedom I have currently, and hope it becomes less stigmatized to take a non-traditional path.
What I’m doing currently
Being a blog editor isn’t a fancy or prestigious job, but I like how flexible my work is–I work almost entirely from home at odd hours, and only work around 27 hours/week. I also appreciate that what I’m doing will directly help families with the admissions process.
My makeshift “standing desk.” This was when I was on the move–my current “desk” is a shelf haha.
I applied to full-time jobs, but didn’t get any
I want time for my personal projects
I look like I love running a lot in this photo…
I’m a hippie
But in the meantime, I’m glad to be doing my own thing, and hope to make it work while I can.