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Maybe I’m different from you, but I love looking at job openings. Further, I can justify my qualifications for almost all of the jobs I read. What, you say? You’re no engineer. You’re no scientist. Ah, but I am a chameleon. For that brief moment of reading the job description, I picture myself there, happy and successful. It’s like a little novel where I’m the main character and I get to visit different plots in my mind. “The Road Not Taken”
When you’ve just finished 12-plus years of school and the world is wide open to your wildest dreams, the last job you want is back in school, being a teacher. But four or more years down the road and some starts and stops in jobs that aren’t going anywhere.
Being “authentic” or “genuine” seems to be among the key points of advice many of you hear for your college applications and especially if a personal interview is involved. A contradiction to this recommendation, in my mind, is to fill your resume with volunteer activities and leadership roles in those volunteer activities. Volunteering is wise and wonderful but what if you choose something that is “not you” and, therefore, inauthentic.