The hardest part of looking for a job right now is that I’d really sort of love to try something totally new and different from what I’ve done before, but when I look into any of those jobs, they all require some kind of experience. They want either a degree in the field, or they want practical work experience.
For example, I think it could be really interesting to be a social media person. I have a great deal of personal experience with social media, and I’ve seen enough blunders that I certainly know what NOT to do from a corporate perspective. I think I’d be really great with social media. (And, truly, I’m trying to get better in my personal life and have a bigger presence to more easily network and also learn the things I never really paid much mind to–I’m looking at you, Facebook!)
But I don’t have that experience. So I need to get some, if I really want to do that.
- I could look at entry-level jobs, which might forgive my lack of degree in favor of my decade-plus of full-time employment. Unfortunately, I don’t think I could live on an entry-level salary at this time.
- I could go to school and get, if not a full degree, at least some class courses. But that would have to be on an audit or free course basis, as I can’t afford to pay for classes right now.
- I could get hired to do the job! Oh…wait, that’s the issue I’m trying to fix right now.
It’s frustrating. So I’m trying to look for jobs similar to my previous one and hope that I get one that turns out so wonderful that I don’t care about not making a huge change, or hope that it pays the bills well enough to let me take some courses or something. I’ll also keep an eye on FutureLearn or other MOOCs for some courses there, too. It’s worth a shot!