My name is Falina Dovick and I'm going to be graduating from UPEI this spring with a BA in English (minor in philosophy).
I took a few years off during the course of my degree to do some soul-searching and work some minimum wage jobs, and so, at 26, I'll be graduating as a "mature" student (though I use the term loosely). I have mostly worked retail and customer service jobs up until now, but I would like to use my degree to get some kind of office job—preferably one where I can use my writing and editing skills. The best case scenario would be to get a job working for the government.
I know a lot of people who are struggling to find work on the Island, and the chances of finding a decent job seem pretty slim. I plan on cold-calling businesses that seem promising (terrifying!), and meeting with a career counsellor at UPEI to figure out how to make my resume and interview style stand out.
Getting a good job sounds like a game of numbers and persistence, so I'll be focusing on applying to as many places as possible and following up as diligently as possible. I hope it pays off!
I was able to find work after graduating, but that doesn't mean it's easy.
Jobs applied for, 12/Call-backs, 0
Now that I'm done school and I'm focused solely on job searching, it's harder to see it as an adventure/opportunity for personal growth and much easier to see it as the worst full-time job ever.
One of the of the most encouraging and terrifying pieces of advice I've gotten so far is not to rely on Job Bank to find a job.
Falina finds one of the hardest parts of the job-seeker's journey is tackling the cover letter. To create the best document possible, she solicits help from a knowledgable friend.