My journey through the world of writing and everything that lies in between…

So yesterday I had a bit of an emotional break down over my job. It was one little email that did this, but it was an email that sent me over the edge. Basically, it’s the fact I’m really taken advantage of and hardly acknowledged at work (except when something goes wrong or someone is angry). And the email pretty much made me feel like I was five years old. Anyway, this was just the last of a number of things that just made me break down.

So now I’m looking in earnest for something better. I’m a bit worried about it all though since looking for a job in such a harsh economic climate is difficult (it’s difficult even in a good climate). It took me six months just to find the one I’m at. Still, I can’t let the job market deter me–I need to keep looking.

I am going to apply for one job I found on my local library’s website. We’ll see how it goes. It doesn’t hurt to try right? I’m also going to try for this editor job at another local company, though I probably don’t have the experience required.

Speaking of experience, I always find it interesting that nearly all the editorial assistant jobs I had looked at when I had graduated college wanted some years of experience. But where does one get that experience? I’ve heard internships, but is that the only way? And when your college doesn’t help you in the slightest to find one, how does one work around that?

I don’t think I’ll be going along that path any more, mainly because I didn’t get that internship while in college and also because I definitely don’t live in a publishing center (Dayton, Ohio isn’t exactly known for much but Wright Patterson AFB and some techinical related jobs). That and I chose to get married rather than go to a major city to follow the publishing career track.

I know that there are other cities that do have some publishing in them, but Dayton certainly isn’t one for them (at least not that I’ve been able to find). I then thought about maybe going down the library science track but that requires a Master’s and I’m in no way interested in going back to school. Also the only school in the area, or in the state really, that does offer a Library Science program is Kent State and I would have to take classes remotely (which they do offer). It was something I considered but I’m already in too much debt from the first four years of college–I don’t have any desire to add more on to that and then not even get a job in that area (because we know where the Bachelor’s in English got me–working as a secretary in real estate…:( )

Blech, this is a depressing entry! I didn’t mean for it to turn this way 😛 Anyway, perhaps I’ll find something in less than six months–maybe even the one library job I am applying for will pull through. One can hope!


Comments on: "Looking for Something Better" (3)

  1. I’m sorry to hear your in such a pinch. My last job left me feeling just as awful… it’s essentially the reason I”m an at home mom right now… I just couldn’t take being mistreated like that… Keep looking… use that writerly creativity to get yourself in the door somewhere new and interesting!

  2. prayer goes your way… there are days when life feels pretty blah… but there are good things coming your way, just hang in there!

  3. Hey I’ve had so many crappy jobs I lost count…but it makes for great fodder in novels…Your comment on Nathan’s blog was great-

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