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Winding Down

Posted on October 12th, 2005

Well, it’s the time of year when Co-op makes or breaks students’ dreams and, well, it’s starting to wind down for me. I applied to a conservative 15 jobs (out of a possible 50 applications), so I was either really stupid or really selective. Or some combination of the two.

Many of the jobs were in Waterloo; I applied to places like RIM and Wilfred Laurier. The rest – almost half of them – were in the United States. And they were to some pretty big companies: TD, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, NVIDIA.

To my dismay, I found that there were a LOT of applications to the jobs in the States; most of them had well over a hundred each. But, the two interviews that I presently have are for those jobs: one for TD in Chicago, and another for Morgan Stanley in New York. Most of the others are pending.

Much more to my dismay, I found that almost all of the rejections came from Waterloo jobs. And the other opportunities are winding down, too; I only have 4 pending RIM applications, and 1 from Laurier. That’s it. So 5 more shots at staying in Waterloo (unless I opt to go into the continuous phase, which pretty much means continuous stress).

Most people would be really excited to get interviews for jobs in the US. I can totally understand why, too: big money, big experience, big cities, big names. But I’m pretty bleh to all of that. I’m not in it for the money (per se… I do need some cashola in my account, though), I already have big experience, I don’t like big cities, and I already have big names.

There’s more. I love Waterloo. I don’t have many reasons to move; a lot of my friends are here, others are (or will be) close by, the Embassy is here, and my rent contract is here (along with all of the crap that I own and don’t want to move).

Oh I have some tough choices to make… what am I to do??

2 Responses to “Winding Down”

  1. Rodney Says:

    Clearly, you should stay in Waterloo. Then we can do an act for Blackforest 2006!

    Okay, so that’s not a very good reason for staying in Waterloo. At least if you’re in Waterloo, you’ll be able to hang out with us other Waterloovians and avoid the work involved in moving out and subletting.

  2. Tony Says:

    Yeah, it’s a very tough choice. But no matter which one you make there will be things to regret. So it boils down to choosing to stay with the happiness that you already have or exploring the unknown. If you’re sensible you will chooose to stay and be happy but if you’re curious and/or adventuruous then you will go. Either way, it beats being broke, hungry and miserable.

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