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Anniversaries You Don't Want to Reach

As of today, I have been unemployed for a year.

This isn't tragic in that we are still okay financially -- and I know how very fortunate I am, to be able to say that. Academic librarianship is a tough industry in the best of times, and this is far from the best of times for higher education, so on that level it's not too surprising, either. But even still, I wasn't expecting this, and I am disappointed in some of the leads that didn't pan out.

I will keep plugging away at the job search -- I actually have a phone interview tomorrow -- but I do wonder if it's time to start thinking outside the box. But I like this box. It's comfortable here. I fit into it really well, and I don't want to have to leave it. On the other hand, what if it takes me another year to find a place inside the box?

I want to look at other options, too, to keep from losing focus: volunteering, freelance work (though I doubt I could be a full-time freelancer -- I need the structure of a workplace). I'm sure there are people out there who need me. They just don't know it yet. Now, figuring out how to find them, that's the tricky part. Wish me luck.

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melinda_goodin
Sep. 30th, 2013 02:58 pm (UTC)
That does suck. I'm sorry.

This is a problem in Australia as well, and is a significant part of why my hubby is working on the west coast of the continent (where he could find work in his very niche area) and I'm holding on desperately to my uni library job here, where I've worked for 20 years. Couldn't possibly replace it if I had to leave to move to another state (and it's all the way across the continent to a city with only two unis). We'e been coping with this for a year now.

I hope the phone interview pans out.
owlmoose
Oct. 1st, 2013 01:41 am (UTC)
Thanks! Ouch, that sounds rough. :\ is this a long-term situation, or do you have hope of settling it soon?

I have definitely limited myself by not doing a nationwide search, but for a lot of reason a move isn't ni the cards for us right now.
melinda_goodin
Oct. 1st, 2013 10:22 pm (UTC)
It's been a year so far, with him only able to come back for a week's visit every couple of months. Not easy at all. He's currently looking to get a job nearby, but will take a massive paycut if he gets it. Better to have him here and earning less than have him earn a lot but never with us.
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