Lately, I've been very busy in east coast city X looking for a job, meeting people, and networking. I've looked for a job many times but networking like a maniac is a new thing for me. And I'm happy to report that there is fun to be found in networking.
The truth is I've never been a huge networker because an aspect of my personality hates asking strangers to help me out (unless I'm in a foreign country). I'm very big on doing things all by myself or only asking for help from my mother, brother, and close friends. I really prefer relying on myself because I'm guaranteed to get things done. However, it has dawn on me in recent weeks that networking is the key to job hunting.
I'm happy to say that I'm enjoying networking. It is interesting and fun to talk to so many different people about their work which usually leads to a conversation about their lives and choices.
One thing I've discovered in east coast city X is a preponderance of people with advanced degrees (MA, MS, MBA, JD, PhD). Everyone seems to have a master's degree here which surprised me. And I feel like the staple master's degree is in international relations. This has killed any interest I had in possibly pursuing another advanced degree in that field.
I fit in because I too have a master's degree, so I can join the masses of well-educated or over-educated folks (depending on who you are) in the battle to land a permanent gig. The competition is tight but I'm confident in my skill set. I also believe I have something interesting and different to offer.