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06 June 2006 @ 01:44 am
In lieu of actually updating  
Okay, this is funny. (Ganked from feels_like_fire) I've actually never listened to Nickelback that I know of (although Rob thinks it's funny to mistake Nickel Creek for Nickelback. Okay, it's a little bit funny.)



I may have a long-term temp job. I interviewed today, they love my resume, and it sounded like once they work out the permissions for the job (i.e. salary and such), I'm hired.

Pro: Money. Not a lot, probably, but enough to pay the mortgage and eat. Exposure to different departments and high-level decisionmakers. Preference over outside candidates when it comes to permanent jobs. Appreciation of and use for my skills, including some pretty specialized stuff. An opportunity to weed, catalog, and generally renovate a small library (and the librarians on my list will agree, that shit is fun.) What sounds like a good group of people to work with, who all get along and do not create drama to enliven their boring little lives.

Con: ~70 mile round trip per day. And the company is a major defense contractor. Missiles and bombs. Other things as well (like space exploration), but still. Missiles and bombs.

I believe in starving the military-industrial complex. Can I in all honesty take a job with them?

I could go through all the angsting here, but the answer is pretty clear: I'm going to take it. I'll take a permanent job with them as well, if I can. Hopefully I can find one in the space-exploration area, or at least in the fighter simulation area. Or something less objectionable than missiles and bombs.

If I can't hack it, I'll quit. But in the meantime, I need money. And no one else wants me.
 
 
 
Let go Let go Let Really go: Sgt Scream! - by ceresellemaudgonne on June 5th, 2006 11:07 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you updated. I was just going to email you because you've been quiet for so long.

And. . .yeah, you know we're on the same page with regard to that company, but it's a job, and you need it, and there are several pros. So good luck.

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Elle: Enjoy the show!theletterelle on June 6th, 2006 01:34 am (UTC)
You should totally email me anyway. Our last conversation petered out. I blame you, and your one-line responses to paragraphs that I write. :p

At least it's not a company that's ripping off the government. They have a good rep in that regard. It's not Halliburton. :) Also, they do the whole bid process and everything. No no-bid contracts, as far as I'm aware.

Hell. We both know I'd be happier working for good causes. But they won't freakin' hire me!

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Jer: HappyBoy - Steve Sandvoss (from B'Lane)lugonn on June 5th, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)
I think it's great that you have a job and money and that someone appreciates your talents.

I understand the moral dilemma, but I think you're doing the right thing taking the job.

I often feel lucky that I've had the opportunity to make a decent living (though less than I might have elsewhere), working almost exclusively for universities and environmental protection and environmental research organizations. But I have sold myself down the river at times, when I needed to. I don't regret those choices, but I'm still happy to have found a way to survive with a job at an organization whose goals I can usually respect.

The future will have many more opportunities for you to chose other paths. Don't stress this one too much. Enjoy the opportunity you now have.
Elle: Guy's eyestheletterelle on June 6th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)
Thank you. I think that part of my angsting is the extraordinarily bad interview karma I generally have. In my mind, once I get a job, I'd better hang on to it forever because no one else will ever hire me. Which-- that can't be true, right?

There are some positions in Logistics that I could do. And if I did that for a couple years, I would have corporate credentials and would (I'm guessing) be able to apply those to other industries. Law firm stuff is so specialized that people pigeonhole you, but if I can do more general corporate stuff, I'm less pigeonholeable. I think.

At least I'm not out there in a Donald Duck costume in the 100-degree heat.
Jer: Tap That Ass - Chip 'n' Dalelugonn on June 6th, 2006 09:53 am (UTC)
It seems that most professional career paths end up pigeon-holing you. My degrees are in computer science, and I have 20 years experience, but you'd probably be shocked at the small range of jobs I apply for when I'm job hunting. Sure, there are other "computer jobs" I could get, but in things outside of the narrow speciality I've focused in would consider me a less ideal candidate and that would make it harder to get the job and it would also mean a lower salary. I'm an awesome candidate for the right job, but the right job doesn't come up every day. Thus I completely understand why you can have trouble finding a job even though you're awesome.

I agree that extra corporate credentials should help you out for the future.

No Donald Costume for you. But maybe Rob can be Daisy Duck. :)