By Lorène Belotti, Guest BloggerOctober 19, 2015
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I’ve been looking for a job for a few months now and the hunt is full of surprises. This situation makes me question myself about what I really want and who I want to be, but also about what society (especially here in France) wants from me.
Am I too ambitious? Do I ask too much, as my friends have begun to say? If being driven means going after an interesting and properly paid job that I love, then YES, I’m ambitious. We spend most of our time working, so I want to feel fulfilled by what I do, every day. This is my main professional ambition and I guess, the main one of my entire generation.
We spend most of our time working, so I want to feel fulfilled by what I do, every day.
However, a recent experience gave rise to a specific point: women qualifications.
I went to give my résumé to temporary job agencies and they all told me “OMG, you’re overqualified, a master's degree is too much, and we won’t find a spot for you.”
I was shocked and infuriated.
First, because I’ve never heard something as stupid; seriously can we ever be overeducated? Then, because of the message French society is sending to young women, and people in general, who have ambition and a will to advance. Apparently, people who are “overqualified” are actually a liability rather than an asset in my country...
This message is wrong!
Yes, maybe you’ve made a lot of studies and have qualifications that you won’t ever use in your job, but it doesn’t matter. The only thing that counts is you’ve been lucky enough (because education is a privilege) to rise up personally and to have more tools to get this world. Developing your critical sense and your general culture can only be positive. Knowledge is like food: better too much than not enough.
I won’t try to hide the fact that I’ve studied and that I will always keep reading, analyzing, trying to elevate myself with knowledge, and working to reach my goal.
I want to laugh, imagining myself editing my CV, erasing the qualifications I worked so hard to get. No, I won’t try to hide the fact that I’ve studied and that I will always keep reading, analyzing, trying to elevate myself with knowledge, and working to reach my goal. I’m proud of it.
No, being ambitious does not mean you are selfish. Self-fulfillment is the rebalancing of society, as it has a tendency to asphyxiate us with its changing rules. Self-realization is respecting your own aspirations and values.
Girls, you want to learn, change the world, run huge (and/or very small) companies or stay at home raising your kids? No matter what your life ambition is, go for it. You are worth it.
What is your BIGGEST ambition? Keep chasing it! And tell us about it below!
Lorène is a French observer and learner of life. She’s worked as a salesperson and a marketing assistant for four years to learn the ropes of the business world. She used to be a sports journalist while doing her Master’s degree and she loves writing and telling stories about great people too much not to go back to her first love soon. She lives in the French Alps, and loves to try to solve the world’s problems while having a great meal with her loved ones. She is passionate about foreign languages, self-development books, American TV shows, and people. Oh, and she’s a total nerd of Academic studies (when she’ll win the lottery, she’ll go to Harvard).
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