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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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Moving up – hopefully

I had an interview (on the phone) today. It went well, and I will find out soon if I have the job. Without exhausting everyone with¬†details, it can be called a small beginning, but I hope if I get it will lead to bigger and better things. I think the reason I got this interview is the universe: Three or so days ago, right before I wrote my last post, I came to the conclusion that I didn’t absolutely need a job before the summer and that if I didn’t get one the WHOLE summer, I would live. That if I didn’t get an awesome job right out of college, I would be emotionally alright. And tada, an interview pops up. The universe knew I was balanced and didn’t think I NEEDED this job to live and be happy with myself.

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(The only question I may or may not have screwed up on is the “ideal job” question – I was honest, and I didn’t describe the job I was interviewing for, but I didn’t want to suck up so I feel like I did the right thing)

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