Ok so today was the career fair at my college. It's a time to get all dolled up, professional style, and go find an internship (or at least get in with some company). So I decided to go this year. Past years I've had classes all day or work but this year worked out so I went. I dolled myself up, got my professional business suit out and went in with a big smile and hopes. I had received an e-mail from my department head on which booths to look at, I was ready!
I came out about an hour later very disappointed. There were only a handful of options for us atmospheric sciences (meteorology) but there isn't that many of us around. I had 6 choices; graduate research (aka grad school), us navy, army and airforce, NASA and a random construction company.
Grad school is not an option for me at my current school so I didn't even look there.
I checked with the us army/navy airforce next (their lines were the smallest) and I basically was told that there are SOME positions available but at the moment all I can do is be recruited and be on "active duty". I didn't want to check there in the first place but I had to with so little choices. If I wanted to join the army I would have done it a long time ago, not now. The last time a recruiter "checked" me out I was too skinny anyways.
So off I went to the random construction company. I didn't know what they wanted with an ATMO but what the heck? Well I got up to the booth and was there long enough to introduce myself, say what I was and be pushed away. Apparently he "didn't get the memo" about offering internships to ATMO's. Well that was a long shot anyways.
So off I went to the last one. NASA. Now I wasn't looking to get an internship, nor was I looking for a job but a suggested pathway to get me into the company would have been nice. The guy I met with said he had a few other ATMO's come up but I'm guessing we all got the same spiel. "Well I don't know when we would be looking for a meteorologist but you can apply here and if you qualify we'll call." Once again and introduction and then pushed to the side.
To make matters worse I had to explain to EVERY booth what "atmospheric sciences" was, and the air force guy didn't under stand "meteorology" so for him I had to say "I study weather". I realize you aren't a tech student but at least know what majors you've signed up to have stop by your booth and "talk" to you. It was very insulting to have to explain my major to my so called "potential bosses".
So I sat outside on the steps with my few flyers (they give you other things like pens, journals, stress balls, etc if they are interested in you) with a hurt ego and sore feet.
I saw a few friends while outside and all of them had an interview tomorrow, a dinner with the boss, or a job offer, and the ones that didn't seemed to have made good friends with the people running the booths. I didn't even have that.
I'm happy for everyone else but it makes me feel like crap. To be pushed to the side because of my field of study was very hurtful. I'm honestly crying over it and I never cry. I'm not going to quit schooling or switch majors; weather is my passion, but I may add to it. I've been toying with the idea of a mathematical minor, and then getting an associates in teaching. At least then I have the option of teaching math to k-12...