What I’ve Been Up To

Well, it’s been a couple months since my last blog posting, so I probably should give an update of what I’ve been doing as of late.

App Development

I’ve spent some time over the past couple months studying up on iOS and Android app development. Both are areas that I’m quite interested in and would enjoy working with in the future. Of course, I have a lot to learn about both so I’m sure much more time will be spent studying them during the rest of 2012 (and beyond).

Freelance Work

I’ve never been one to sit around and relax, so I’ve kept myself very busy with freelance work. I’m currently writing full-time for a great new mobile phone blog, mobileusers.com. I love the work. I’m also still writing computer tutorials for another client, which keeps my help desk/technical support skills sharp as those positions are all about troubleshooting and explaining things in terms that everyone can understand. I’m also doing some PC repair/technician work, too. And I’ve also branched out into Web Development and social media management work, which is something that I’ve done in the past and still like doing.

In short, between all of my clients (and launching my own things on the side), I’m putting in the equivalent of a 40-45 hour work week.

The Job Hunt

I like to say that I’m always looking for the next opportunity. Ideally, I want to work full-time for a company and be able to make a difference for the company and their clients/customers. While I enjoy the freelance work I’m doing currently, I would enjoy the right full-time job even more, and I feel like I have a lot to offer a company or business.

As such, I’ve continued to apply to jobs that seem to be a good fit. I’m hopeful that I will find the right full-time job by the spring of 2012. And I’m excited to see where I end up. ๐Ÿ™‚

Some Advice for Recent Grads

I know of several friends who graduated in December and several more who are graduating in May of this year. As a recent grad myself, I have a little bit of advice for those who have recently graduated or will be graduating.

The advice is simple: stay busy. It’s OK to take a vacation, but unless it’s truly your desire for the vacation to be permanent, put yourself back out there after a reasonable period of time. If you can’t find a full-time job (and I know that’s a big struggle right now), make your own work. Start a blog, a website, a business, freelance online, freelance for a local business, volunteer, just do something!

Even if the blog or website or business doesn’t turn out, it’s still something you can tell perspective employers about whenever you do get interviewed. It’s also something that can go on your resume and will make you stand out.

Not only will it help your career, it will also help you get through the weeks and months until you find the right position. I know, personally, that I’m always happier when I’m busy than when I’m totally bored.

A Favorite Saying of Mine

“Find your passion and pursue it no matter what anyone tells you.”

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