I’m on a million job lists.  When I started planning to quit, I had already looked for and even interviewed for some jobs in my field–English professorships and/or instructional technology.  So I had those lists/searches and still do.  After I quit, though I decided that doing my own thing was the way to go for the foreseeable future, I didn’t want to close off any options.  So I subscribed to different lists–things coming from craigslist, a local cultural jobs site, and a general search that included words like “writing,” “technology,” and “blogs.”  I see a lot of interesting and sad things.  Some observations:

  • Jobs in my field are increasingly more like A/V tech than anything to do with education
  • Part-time jobs are available if you want to work the desk at a museum or theatre or be a juggler/clown
  • There are plenty of jobs for technical/medical writers
  • There are plenty of jobs writing proposals of various kinds–sales, grants, etc.
  • There are jobs writing curriculum that pay less than minimum wage
  • Blogging jobs, ditto. ($2/500 wds.)
  • Crappy programming jobs are plentiful and pay well, but probably suck the life force out of you.
  • Most of the faculty jobs I see are in the medical field.
  • I often see lots of the same positions offered by the same company–big red flag.

If I were really looking for employment seriously, I’d be more focused about my search and probably use good old-fashioned networking in addition to these lists.  It’s been interesting to see at least a slice of both where the jobs are and what jobs actually pay a decent salary.

3 Replies to “Jobs”

  1. From the perspective of someone who may be attempting to emulate your background and experience over the next few years… this isn’t very encouraging.

  2. Sorry. 🙂 Actually, there are some really interesting internships and part-time jobs geared toward recent grads. And your background is probably more solid than mine. I don’t have the ability, for example, to go do research in my field except as faculty, whereas you could probably do research at a think-tank or even in the corporate world thanks to your social science background.

  3. No need to apologize! It’s just a reality check, which is always good. I’m still on the fence about what level of graduate degree I need, so this gives me some food for thought.

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