For the longest time, I would pray for things and give God a deadline. Can you believe it? I, Karina, gave God a deadline! The nerve of it all.
All of last year, I was so afraid of being done with school, leaving uni and finishing my degree meant looking for a job and needing to grow up, look for a job and climb my way up the ladder. Paying bills and looking after myself completely.I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to dive into the PR industry in Namibia to be honest or if I was going to try my luck with getting into a Marketing department somehow. I know I am a creative at heart and if I could have my way, I’d own a little gallery on the corner of Independence Avenue and sell local art work. I started applying for jobs in December 2016 and up until February no one called me for an interview.
And I did pray but nothing happened. I started to feel inadequate and depressed. Sometimes I would wake up and I didn’t want to do anything, but I did find the courage to cook, clean and procrastinate about the future of this blog. Yes I did. I was constantly reminded of the stats; majority of people with a degree can not find a job in their field of study. They have to settle for something else and work their way up.
Enough with the bad bits..
I had a supportive friends and for that I am grateful. I also learned to trust God’s timing with everything. Because about a week ago, I did get my very first job. I am a Personal Assistant to the General Manager of a high end retail company. Never in my life would I have ever imagined myself in retail!!! Its absolutely nothing that I would have ever imagined myself doing but I AM LOVING IT. From the moment I met my boss for the interview, I knew that I was meant to be at that job. Even when I thought I wouldn’t make it past the polygraph test that happened after the interview. It becomes clearer everyday that this job was part of God’s plan for my life.
Here are a few life saving tips I received from an army of people for anyone job hunting and feeling inadequate:
- Approach people – Make a million copies of your CV, walk into any company, ask for HR, introduce yourself, make a good impression, hand them your CV and walk out of there like you already have the job. My new boss told me that she was most impressed with me because I confidently walked up to her, introduced myself and gave her my CV. Off you go!!!
- Take a chance at something new – Whatever plan you had for your life, forget it a little. Put it in the back of your mind and dive into your current reality. Make work what you have at hand. I am a PR graduate who couldn’t find a job in my industry and now I am in Retail.
- Pursue your passion in the background – My last point didn’t cover this very important aspect. Sometimes we need to put our livelihood in front of our passion, but this should always be a temporary. Always make time to work towards your dreams, take baby steps and do something everyday that brings you closer to them.
- Be confident – If you don’t believe in you, people will see it in how you speak and behave. And who are they to believe in you when you don’t?
So I got completely side tracked in regard to main point, which is Trusting God’s Timing. I have renewed my trust and faith in His plan for my life and so should you. I am ashamed that I waited for this job to come to my senses, but it matters that I did. Remembering that your current setback is only temporary should strengthen YOU!
Have a lovely week beautiful human!