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05 March 2006 @ 02:07 am
... huh.  
Sick of me spamming you yet?

I'm taking a break from national angst to go over my personal angst re job searching. In checking finances today, it turns out we have April covered. After that, we have to scramble. So. Need job, stat. I gave in and ran a search for "librarian." Check out what I found:

LIBRARIAN-(CHILDREN'S)
Seminole County

Skills
Master's Degree or active enrollment in a Master's Degree program, in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited college or university. Children's library programming experience preferred. This position may require evenings and weekends
Location
SANFORD, FL
Type
Permanent
Salary
$29,203-$49,782 (PAY BAND: 005)

I will be damned. I mean, really.

Pros:
I can wear (within reason) what I want
Pay is good for a public librarian
Commute from heaven-- it's seven blocks away from my house
It's a county job, with good benefits and retirement package
Low stress (unless there are politics involved)

Cons:
I will probably get bored
This is not the career track I had intended
Pay will be much less than I wanted (though still enough to live on)
Children may make me insane

Honestly, I'm tempted to say WTF and apply. It kind of seems a waste of my legal education. But then, I know several people from my school who have quit to become stay-at-home moms, and no one seems to lecture them for wasting their education. Not in my hearing, anyway. Although I guess they wouldn't.

And ohhhhh, how that seven-block commute seduces me. And there could be opportunity to move up into management. Maybe. (Of course, that's what I thought at my last job.) Or maybe I could eventually transfer into another department.

Hmm. The balancing seems to be between the seven-block commute and the boredom. I mean, I NEED to multitask. I need demands, and crises, and presentations and projects and emergencies. With enough down time to check LJ. I can handle way more than this job will probably ask of me, and when I'm not challenged, I get cranky.

But seven blocks... *weeps*

Opinions?
 
 
 
Kitarrakitarra on March 4th, 2006 11:25 pm (UTC)
You can apply and work there while you are looking for your dream job.
Elletheletterelle on March 4th, 2006 11:28 pm (UTC)
I can, but how seriously will I be taken in the corporate world if I've spent a year as a children's librarian? And what exactly is my dream job anyway? I still haven't found it.

I recounted. It's six blocks. Best. Commute. Ever.
Psychedjpsyche on March 5th, 2006 06:15 am (UTC)
Exactly.
How serious would you be taken if you'd spent a year unemployed?

Besides, children aren't a multi-tasking challenge??? I think you'll change your tune pretty quickly! ;)
Tyellastyellas on March 4th, 2006 11:35 pm (UTC)
Apply and see how it goes. You can always say no to an offer, or see if they have something more suitable to you.
elzedelzed on March 5th, 2006 01:31 am (UTC)
Go for it. I doubt it will have any adverse effect on future prospects - especially since you've only moved quite recently, and everyone has to go through a period of adjustment. And you may find it more enjoyable than you think - or conversely, it may leave you enough time to really figure out what you want to do.

Honestly, I can't see a real downside to it.
elzedelzed on March 5th, 2006 01:32 am (UTC)
Plus being able to walk to work is so very nice...
Maureen Lycaon: charcoal butterfliesmaureenlycaon on March 5th, 2006 06:34 am (UTC)
My advice: GO FOR IT! As djpsyche said, how much worse can it look on your resume than a year of unemployment? And it's certainly better than being anxious about your financial situation.

A waste of your legal education it may be, but you might be surprised how many people are doing well and being very happy in fields they didn't originally major in while in college. In any case, the guarenteed lifetime career track at one company is about dead in the U.S. I suspect that employers are no longer put off if an applicant has held a variety of jobs in the past, as long as one of those jobs wasn't "dope pusher". ;-)
High-velocity pie of death: manateenixieq on March 5th, 2006 08:24 am (UTC)
I suspect that employers are no longer put off if an applicant has held a variety of jobs in the past, as long as one of those jobs wasn't "dope pusher". ;-)

...and even then, if you have good references as to how you organized the local crime scene and came up with new and inventive ways to hook people... >;)
i_aldarion on March 5th, 2006 07:07 am (UTC)
I'm with everyone else: Go for it!! Plus, with your need to multitask, you may find ways to go above and beyond what normal folks do in that line of work, and get serious brownie points. Also, you can make a lasting imprint on children. I remember MY children's librarians...cos I was there, like, EVERY WEEK (being the book-freak that I am). So, yes! I mean, come ON! You can subtly warp small minds, what is there not to love? ;-) ;-)
High-velocity pie of deathnixieq on March 5th, 2006 08:21 am (UTC)
well shit, hon, think you can stick out the boredom for 6 months or a year? if nothing else, it would pay the bills while you find something that suits you better, and for fuck's sake, it practically bit you on the nose. >:) i say, go for it, and keep looking while you're there.
Jerlugonn on March 5th, 2006 11:40 am (UTC)
I'd apply. If you become bored and can't find a way to pass the time while working, you can keep perusing the job ads. And having more library experience should help you find another librarian position elsewhere if that is what you want.

It seems that there should be a law librarian position that you could find that would really rock. But I know from my own job searches that having great skills and background doesn't mean that magical job that will use them will appear out of nowhere. There is some luck involved.

Good luck!
vlynnvlynn on March 6th, 2006 06:27 am (UTC)
Well agreed...go for it darlin! Talk with them at least...it sounds like a great option!
BAMschmecky on March 6th, 2006 09:55 am (UTC)
I agree with everyone... Even if you get it and take it, it's not forever, and who knows, it might lead you - even indirectly - to something fantastic!