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.