Updated: Sep 15, 2019

I began searching probably six months prior to completing my doctorate. After applying to jobs and not hearing back, I realized that something must be wrong with either me, my skills, or my strategy.

I started with updating my resume and cover letter. Because I was a NSU (Nova Southeastern University) student at the time, I had access to career services and they helped me get my resume or CV tip-top. I received one call back from Carilion Health Systems for an interview. The interview went well due to the mock interview that I had with the career counselor at NSU. However, I was denied a second round or a position because I did not have EPIC training (training for EHR (electronic health records) and could not get the training without sponsorship. I realize now that the position was most likely filled in-house.

I continued to apply for jobs with no response. I normally do not click on those Facebook ads that come up. But an for Korn Ferry Advance came up. After clicking on the link, I found out that they are a career coaching service and I thought what do I have to lose?

I subscribed for $49/mo and received a book from the owner called lose the resume, get the job. I learned that the old way of finding a job was no longer applicable. You had to set yourself apart from the rest of the pack. So far I have had 2 coaching sessions where he asked me to categorize in terms of importance the following areas: industry, function, company culture, company size, salary, location and work-life balance.

Being that I live in a small town and am a caretaker for my father, I thought location would be most important. However, that has since changed through a deep personal investigation, I realize that not only are there few jobs but it does not offer the personal opportunities that it once had. A few of my friends kept on whispering in my ear about the research triangle. I began doing some research in that area and realized that it had both personal and professional opportunities. Of the personal is a chance to continue my arial lessons.

Of the professional, there were telemedicine organizations, as well as research universities, including UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke, and NC State.

The other thing that the career coach advised was creating a targeted list which I am still working on. Whether you are just sending out resumes, doing informational interviews, or going door to door, you need to set yourself apart. I am hoping that this blog can serve as a way for people to learn about me, my skills, and struggles.

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My journey to becoming Dr. Wu actually began 7 years ago. I had been married for 9 years, with the same man for 16 years. I was working as an ESL instructor and did some side tour directing and meet and greets at the airport. What I thought was a good life at the time in the suburb of Northern Virginia was masked. He was a very selfish man, thinking of his happiness before mine. Although I though I was happy, I was not and was searching for something greater. In 2012 we separated and was divorced by December.

I ended up moving back to Roanoke, VA to get back on my feet, working mostly ESL and administrative jobs. Little did I know, my dad had Lyme disease and needed more care than my mom could do alone. I became a full-time caretaker, while I worked on a second masters in Teaching English to Other Languages from Regent University. Unfortunately, by the time I was done, I realized that there were no full-time positions for adult teaching. I was really interested in distance education. I had considered Regent but was having problems with the GRE but now looking back I realize it was not the right program for me.

My mom is a Rolfer. She received a client who had just begun an EDD program in Curriculum and Teaching at Nova Southeastern University. At that time, I hadn't even heard of it. They also had an instructional technology and distance education program. I talked to the director of the program and a few graduates and knew that this was the program for me. So, for the past 4 years, I worked on coursework and my dissertation: Utilization Efficacy Perceptions of Telepractice for Speech-Language Pathologists and University Faculty and Administrators: A Qualitative Delphi Study. On August 31st I was conferred.

I felt prepared for the doctoral program. However, little did I know how difficult it would be postdoc. This blog is about my journey postdoc, both personally and professionally.

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