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Spring is slowly creeping along in the neighbourhood. The trees seem to follow their own schedule – some are still nearly bare, some in blossom, some in early leaf and still a few in near full leaf.  But still, they will all be in full leaf by around mid-May. No matter when, they are blossoming or will blossom by the end of the spring (unless it is dead but that is another allegory altogether).

But me? I don’t know about me. I do have some things to do up the pipeline – mostly in photography. But other than that, I don’t know. I would like to get a job by the end of the summer but I’m not sure how that’s going on. I would like to stay involved with horses somehow and preferably still riding – some sort of part time work exchange thing would be ideal. But seeing that I can’t really seem to get volunteering going in that regard, especially with the transportation issue – I’m not sure how that’s going to work.

The blossoms will fall away, drifting gracefully to the ground and leaving leaves in their place.

And me – I don’t know. I feel that the summer will come. That fall will come. And nothing else would really change. I’m not even sure how I’m going to afford to ride once and if I ever move. But I do want to move. I feel stagnated here.

Even though I’m not entirely sure where to move.

I’m not sure how everything is going happen. How anything is going to happen.

How everything would blossom or if it’s all just bud that will just wilt and fall to the ground.

The Social Hoops of Interviewing

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I’ve really only had one or two mock interviews but it feels like I’m being dragged through these social hoops I’m somehow supposed to jump through. Except I don’t. I trip and stumble through them and miss a whole bunch of them. I am clumsy at navigating this space and nothing wants to move. My timing is off and I could hear the hoops clattering to the ground.

In other words, it’s awkward.

I tried a mock interview today but it was slightly hampered by my lack of good mood (I had a headache. I thought it would go away overnight but I woke up in the morning and it was still there!). Oh and plus a somewhat misplace of humour.

Okay, maybe you can try to lighten the mood but the way I did it probably won’t work either – which is to be extremely, hilariously blunt (to be fair, I thought it was funny as did the mock interviewer). What else I was supposed to say on the spot? My thoughts stop so I couldn’t make anything up (which would likely be some other snarky comment…so maybe it’s just as well) and it’s hard when the job in question is basically your nightmare.

It didn’t help that the job that we were pretending to do this with is totally not the job for me. It’s almost along the lines of “my worst nightmare” which is customer service and banking, combined! Ugh. (Although my dislike of banks probably has more to do with my association with them which always involves my mom forcing me to do something). I am not the one for customer service and every time customer service approaches me, I start walking away!  If it’s an writing-based setting (online chat, answering emails, letters etc) than that could be a possibly. But face to face customer service and dealing with the general public? I’m not sure how long that would last….

But right now, I feel like I don’t really have the skills to back up my lack of social skills. Temple Grandin recommends to keep a portfolio of work because our personalities will not sell (and that is how she got her jobs). As she notes here

What you have to do is sell your skills rather than yourself. I’m a big believer in making portfolios. Make a nice portfolio of some of your very best coding. People are going to look at that and say ‘wow, that’s really good coding’.

That’s something I’ve had to do my whole life– I mean, I sold jobs by sending out a portfolio of drawings and pictures of jobs i have designed. I sell my work rather than myself.

– Temple Grandin, transcript from Oct 2002

While I am very fortunate that my fields of interest are portfolio based, I do not have the body of work and I don’t feel like I have the skill to completely sell myself based on that. Not yet anyway. I will try to continue to work on my portfolios but I’ll probably still have to hoop hop.

So I suppose it’s back to the hoop hopping. Even though I cannot seem to pick my feet up in time. Even though I feel like I’m knocking down a bunch of hoops that I didn’t even know was there. Even though it feels so incredibly unnatural. Even though it goes against my inclinations.

Gah!! I know, I know, first world problems…but I just don’t know how that’s going to happen since it’s so against my nature…