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Getting Hired After Grad

For those of you who have not heard yet, I have successfully accepted a job in Raleigh, North Carolina (a long way from my home in Nova Scotia). My position, which begins in August, is with a multi-funded, state-supported organization called “Be Active Kids”. My Program Manager role within the organization will be very dynamic. Part of my duties will be traveling to different schools and daycares, working with young kids in developing their fundamental movement skills through a variety of activities. The other part of my position will be to serve as a seminary teacher within the organization to increase awareness through professional development sessions for parents and early childhood educators.

With that being said, yes this is a big job, but it is also directly related to both physical education and Human Kinetics. Now, if you are thinking back to your early post-university years or if you are a recent graduate, you might be asking, “How did you get such a great opportunity?” Well, let me try to answer that question.

“Act or accept.” – Anonymous

The first thing I did to land a dream job out of university was to back up my thoughts with actions. Each and every day, I took action on my thoughts until my dream became a reality. If you focus in on something hard enough and devote yourself to that idea (job/area), you can accomplish your dreams of landing a job in your field. Believe in yourself and go for it!

“Simplicity is the highest form of sophistication” -Steve Jobs

The second thing I did was even simpler. Even though I did not know two, four or six years ago that I would eventually have an opportunity to move to Raleigh and work for such a great organization, I made sure that I worked especially hard each and every day during my undergraduate and graduate years. Doing so allowed me to develop the tools and the character needed to even be offered a position in the professional fields of work I have devoted my life towards! Even though there is a lot of natural talent that goes into being a great, passionate professional, it also comes down to developing the right habits. Use every opportunity you can to start developing those types of habits today!

“A leader knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way” -John C. Maxwell

The third thing I did was actually something I didn’t do: settle. Never let other people tell you that you are not qualified, that you cannot live your dreams, or that you cannot work in a whatever part of the world you wish to work in. I was lucky and had great supportive individuals in my life, but for those of you who aren’t as lucky as I was/am… don’t lose faith! Stay patient, stay true to yourself and develop the inner confidence that you need to find a great job that makes you happy.

“Think BIG PICTURE”

When I graduated in May, the fourth thing I did was to “think big”. Yes, I could have picked up some substitute teaching or maybe even other full time work. However, I knew that I wanted to find a job that I felt excited about and potentially even move south of the border. So I used those few weeks after graduation to prep for the job I didn’t even have yet. I picked the path less traveled and went for it believing every step of the way that everything would work out according to plan. Turns out that it did worked out! You have to dream big, and chase those dreams with everything you have.

I hope that, if you’re reading this as a recent grad or maybe as a young teacher between contracts, you can learn from my story. I am not trying to preach, I simply wanted to share how I went from graduating on May 6th in Nova Scotia to having a part time, summer job in New York by June, and a full time job in Raleigh, NC lined up for the fall.

Work hard, align your passion with your profession, and, as Gary Vaynerchuk would say, “CRUSH IT!”

Thanks for reading!

(Editor’s [Joey] Note: When Ryan told me he was going to the AAHPERD conference in North Carolina with the goal of lining up a job, I wished him the best but told him getting a job isn’t always that easy. Then again, if you haven’t met Ryan in person before, let me tell you that the guy is a whirlwind of enthusiasm with an amazing outlook on everything he does. He proved me wrong, he got his job, and he’s living his dream. Congrats Ryan! )

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Joey Feith is the founder of ThePhysicalEducator.com. He currently teaches elementary physical education at St. George’s School of Montreal in Quebec, Canada.

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