December 13 – Action. When it comes to aspirations, it’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. What’s your next step?
Out of curiosity, I’ve been looking at what’s out there as far as Big Kid Jobs go, and in doing so, I’ve realized two things:
a) How completely useless a bachelor’s degree is, and
2) The amount of jobs out there are slim to none.
Well, don’t get me wrong. There are jobs out there. I guess I should re-state #2 on my list to: The amount of exciting, well-paid jobs that pertain to what I studied in college are slim to none.
Here’s an idea as to what I’ve been finding: Full-time jobs where the monthly income would be anywhere between $1500-$2000 (I make that working part-time in a restaurant). Jobs that require 12 ECE units, but not a bachelor’s degree. Jobs that require proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, but not a bachelor’s degree. Jobs that require 5+ years of [insert name of job title here] experience, yet no bachelor’s degree. And can someone please tell me what the hell a “Research Analyst” does? Actually, I’m not sure if I want to know, because just the job title alone sounds painfully boring.
Oh, there are jobs out there alright. However, the stubborn side of me refuses to apply for a job where I’ll have to work twice as many hours in order to make the same monthly salary I can make working at a part-time restaurant job. It also refuses to apply for a job that doesn’t require the possession of the bachelor’s degree that I worked hard for. And it really refuses to apply for a job where I’m required to sit in a desk for 40 hours a week, bored out of my mind. Nope. Not me. No thank you.
So, if I refuse to do the full-time job thing once I’m done with college, what left is there to do? I’m thinkin’ move to Thailand.
Yes, your heard me. Thailand.
Why? Because a professor from my school is taking applications for people to teach English there. And he wants people with degrees. English degrees. Hey, what do you know? I’ll have one of those pretty soon.
Also, not only would teaching English in Thailand be a great way to utilize my degree, but it will be a great way to travel. To explore. What better way for me to do that than pack up my bags and live in another country for a year?
Yes, a year. I know a year is a long time, but not really when I have nothing here in Sacramento tying me down: no more school, no full-time job, no boyfriend, no friends. Well, I have friends, but they’re all busy getting/being married, having/raising kids, finishing school, or moving out of Sacramento themselves.
Yes, applying to teach English in Thailand for a year is the plan, the plan to make my aspirations a reality. Now it’s time to take action. My applications are filled out and I pick up my letters of recommendation tomorrow. After I submit everything on Thursday, all I will have to do is wait. What will I do if I don’t get the job? I don’t know, but what I do know is that whatever I end up doing, it won’t involve working 40 hours a week as a Research Analyst.