What now?

A couple days ago I changed my phone number, from 519 area code (Waterloo) to 416 (Toronto). Of course, there were technical difficulties with the process but I won’t get into that. It seems that the undergraduate chapter of my life has finally reached completion.

I’ve tasked myself with the simple deed of finding work. It’s rather amazing how complex the application process has evolved into. There was a time when you just submitted your cover letter and CV to a manager, and if you’re a serious contender, go in for an interview. Now, hiring policies encompass everything from having to register for online applications, tracking down references, answering essay-type questions, standardizing tests such as cases, multiple interview rounds, Superdays, and probably an arm wrestle or two. Yes, the point of interviews is to “assess fit” and “determine suitability”, but some of these endurance marathons feel like an evaluation of how deep corporate can rip apart your soul before you crumble into grains of despair, and the extent to which you’d fellate HR’s middle finger.

So far the job hunt has not exactly been kind to me, and it’s making me restless because I can’t stand sitting at home all day with nothing to do. The guilt of unproductivity has actually been a great motivator for me to get other things done like cleaning up around the house, organizing my finances, and just all-around consolidation of my life. This lack of interesting things to do has also provided me with an abundance of time to sit and think. Think about my next challenge to myself.

The world is shrinking, there’s so much going on, and it takes a lot more to understand things.

Let’s talk about summer

Woodbine Beach. Image credit to Mattie

How is it August already? I’ll be wrapping up my studies in a few weeks. Lectures are long over, and I’ve already written my first final exam. It’s pretty amazing how fast summer term whizzes by, especially when you’ve missed the first three weeks of lectures.

So what’s next? I’m a little itching to get a job and start work. I got my time to dawdle around Hong Kong, and it’s time for some stabilization, at least for now. July was pretty fun – there were so many birthdays, I’ve become shit broke. Still, I’m looking forward to having a proper “summer vacation” like last year during the last few weeks in August.

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