Being in the middle of recruitment season for some of the major consultancy companies, the most common subject at my university is future work. Phrases such as ” Someone said my GPA isn’t high enough”, “I moved on to the next level!” and the passive aggressive “Who wants to work for them anyway?” are flying around.
I’ve decided to stay low in this whole stampede of grads with performance anxiety. Partly because I don’t see the point in semi strangers knowing about my future plans and commenting on them. Partly because I’ve not applied for one single job in Sweden or even Europe. Thus, I’m free from the hectic Swedish recruitment system. Instead I get to deal with it on a global scale, fun for me!
The thing with applying for jobs in Sweden is that it’s protected by a language barrier. It’s comforting because you know what kind of competition you can expect. The same goes for many places globally, places that are off limits for me because I don’t speak the local language. Applying for jobs in English speaking countries makes it more uncertain, because of the general wideness of potential applicants. It makes it harder for me to estimate my competition and estimate my potential for success.
I know that I am a good candidate for the company/companies I’ve chosen to apply for. I also know that in my line of career, there are a lot of amazing people. There is some comfort in knowing that potential future denials is not the lack of my own achievements. Someone else was simply better. It’s a bitter pill to swallow though. And if there is anything I’ve learnt over the last few years, it’s that just because there is a roadblock, it does not mean that it’s over. Simply that I need to go around it. Makes us harder, better, faster, stronger.