In reflecting on some of my experiences, I remember in high school being part of a Business Career program my Junior year. Everyone in the program had to work a part-time job until graduation. While others worked in retail or fast food jobs, I was hoping for an administrative position. This meant that I waited...and waited..and waited..until finally 3 months into the school year my opportunity came. I remember thinking "good things DO come to those who wait." I began to work at a small law firm assisting an attorney with administrative work. I stayed there for ten years. Then I moved to NYC. My plan was to go to grad school in NYC but I felt I needed to be established first. Once I arrived to NYC I began sending my resume out and writing tailored cover letters to different positions. I remember juggling between 3 different job offers. I finally chose working at a large law firm and stayed there for four years. Again I waited...and waited but finally my time came to apply to grad school. That was two years ago and here I am just weeks away from getting my Master's Degree in Social Work!
By the grace of God I've been getting several interviews for promising job prospects. I am still in the interview process and have not gotten any job offers yet, but I have faith that they will come. I pray for God to provide me with the wisdom to choose right. Interviewing in the midst of finals has been brutal, but God has provided me with the tools and the courage to show up and shine. I have already gained an enormous amount of knowledge just by interviewing. Having to talk about myself and reflect on my experiences has opened up a sea of knowledge about the self. It has also allowed me to break down barriers that I didn't realize had been there. I just want to thank God for helping me to put all these experiences into perspective and make them count. As my academic journey into social work comes to a close, I am looking forward to beginning my professional career.
I am grateful to everyone who has taken the time to be part of my journey. Even folks who may no longer be a part of my life contributed to my success in their own way. I am grateful that I can look back and give those relationships meaning in my life. I hope that in some way I have also been able to bring meaning into their lives. I have been blessed throughout this journey and know that I will continue to do so. This is a new beginning. I remember writing once that my life was a combination of many "new beginnings." Well this is another one! The life work that I have always done will now be my career. I was born to serve others and I will finally get to do so on a full-time basis! Amen to that!