How many of you are familiar with the basketball phrase “Box Out?” 🏀 Growing up, my older brother played basketball and was positioned as the Center and since a large part of his role was to protect the paint and get rebounds we constantly chanted “box out, box out” during the games. As it relates to basketball “boxing out” means guard your opponent and keep them from the basket to prevent them from getting the inside position for the rebound. However, as it relates to what I’m experiencing right now “boxing out” means guarding my heart and my interests, and preventing others who may have an inside position from making me choose one path to take over another.🔑
Currently I am preparing to execute my research study and collect data for my dissertation. In addition to this, I am searching for job positions to kick start my career post graduation. As my research interests revolve around addressing disparities in education, my educational background in Social Work (BSW and MSW), Education-Curriculum and Instruction, Supporting High Needs Populations (M.Ed), and Public Affairs (Ph.D.) creates a wide window of opportunity for me. However, I have found that when searching for job positions they are often tailored to one specific area or box 📦(social work, education, or public affairs), and to apply I must select one. 💡As a scholar who has been trained to approach social justice issues from an interdisciplinary and holistic perspective, this boxed in approach to job searching has lead to me partially feeling confined, but also challenged to market my multipotentiality clearly within all three fields.
Multipotentiality- (1) an educational and psychological term referring to the ability and preference of a person, particularly one of strong intellectual or artistic curiosity, to excel in two or more different fields. (2) the ability to select and develop any number of career options because of a wide variety of interests, aptitude’s, and abilities.
In a recent conversation with a colleague, multipotentiality was mentioned and I have come to realize that it may be a staple concept that allows me to “BOX OUT” and secure a position that is tailored to me, not simply one that I fit into or am rebounded into as a secondary option 🔑. As my educational background supports my ability to and passion for making education equitable for all students from a micro, mezzo, and macro approach, I realize that this is an added benefit to who I am as a candidate for any position, and that I must highlight this. I realize that I am one “product” and instead of diving my abilities into categories for each box, I must own who I am collectively as it relates to my interests, abilities, and aptitude and ultimately BOX OUT‼️
- Sometimes you have to adjust your approach…it’s not only about what the position is searching for, but also what you bring to the table.
- It’s ok to brag on yourself…identify what sets you apart and what makes you unique by highlighting your skills and abilities.
Always BOX OUT…do not grant your opponent or the individual(s) with the inside position the honor of dictating your direction. Take on an unconquerable spirit and adjust your position, highlight your skills, and take your shot!💫
Motivational Scripture 🙏🏽
Joshua 1:7- “Be strong and courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.”