Careers (Or how I learned to stop worrying and accept my fate)

I really had great plans for this blog. It’s my grown-up blog, my blog about my actually real, honest to goodness, out of school on my own life.

That didn’t work out – at first, honestly because I wasn’t putting the time into it. I wasn’t following other bloggers, commenting, connecting, posting consistently about my two loves, knitting, and baking, as well as enough personal things to keep it somewhat grounded. Then, I just didn’t have any time. I was a substitute teacher and I worked as a tutor after school – which altogether made me entirely brain dead by Thursday (yet, still worked Friday…).

So, then summer hit. I thought I’d finally be able to pull myself together, find a “real” job to match my “real” grownup life. Still no such luck. Over the summer (and currently), I worked at a university health center doing research. Part-time, grant funded (go recession funds!). This is also not my real life – at least not how I thought it’d be. I worked there, and a summer camp located at a school which was fun but sadly, didn’t lead to more job opportunities there.

I know what I want to do. I straddle the two worlds, actually of my “ideal” career – research (I work in Health Info Tech research) and education (I’m substitute teacher!). My anthropology degree qualifies me to do research, and I now understand better the nuances of institutional research but there really aren’t any jobs in connecticut. There just aren’t. I’ve started look in Washington D.C. as well as the Bay Area of California. A lot of applications no bites yet.

I’m in stage 2 of 4 for the Teach for America application. I’ve read a lot of things both for and against the program and while I understand both sides, I believe for me, it’d be the best thing – work in a school in a low income community, possible learn more Spanish, and get my certification while getting my student loans paid off. I have the degree to work in research but not the credentials to work in education research. I will find out a week from now if I get into the “final day interview” and then I will find out where I possibly would be placed by November 15th. Wish me luck!

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