there should have been a class in college that teaches you:
- how to deal with the stress of unemployment
- how to make “gap time” appear marketable on your resume
- how to determine what a comfortable living salary is for various parts of the east coast
- how to decide whether to hold out for something better (aka dream job type scenario) or take whatever you can get in this shitty economy
i have a large problem with the fact that i learned none of this during my four years of college education. over the past week i’ve had two phone interviews, one for dream-job, as economist in a gov’t agency and the other as an admin asst. for stevens institute in the student affairs division (something that i’d be good at b/c of my RA/OA experience), it’s the end of the week and i haven’t heard from dream job yet, but they still have more interviews, even though mine was kind of meh on the grand scale of things. however stevens wants to fly me up for a final interview next week and is already talking about salary minimums and stuff like that (aka real world things i know nothing about)
i’m definitely excited that i’m employable, because with all those rejection letters i was starting to think the opposite, however at what point do i stop the search for a job that i will love, that will teach me something and that is a great jumping off point for a career related to international economics and settle for a job that’s willing to pay me so i can finally move out of this house?!
ack—stress! here’s to hoping gov’t dream job calls me back today/tomorrow and says they want me too, then i can be less awkward during my second interview and maybe get that GS-7 job!