Wednesday, July 6, 2011

FAVORITE GUEST POST OF ALL TIME


I got a chance to "meet" fellow author Tracy Barrett online, when I asked her to take part in my MG blog, Smack Dab in the Middle (the blog is growing in leaps and bounds; we're now offering writing tips, interviews, guest posts, and giveaways, which excites me to no end).

I soon learned Tracy's taking the (let's face it: thrilling and scary) plunge into being a full-time author...She's even blogging about the experience at Goodbye, day job!

She asked me to blog about my own experiences as a full-time author...and the post, in which I recognize my family's incredible financial support, is now officially my favorite guest post of all time. Not kidding. All time. Find out why at Goodbye, day job!

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  3. I'm a recent college graduate who mere hours ago got a rejection email from a ticket taking position at a local theater. So things aren't going so well for me and the work I've be

    able to get after a year of searching has been free (internships and volunteering - which I've taken gratefully) and low (babysitting and house-cleaning - which I've also taken). I have

    long-term relationships with several local businesses who can't take me on, and a full, y8 relatively impressive resume with notable references

    (household names), but a year or so out, I'm able to see that my 3.8 B.A. y8 in political science isn't worth much. Maybe it shouldn't be worth very

    much.
    Anyway, stuck, I've been trying to think of what my next move should be after hundreds of failed applications. I have a list in front of me now: at the top there's reception work.
    There's temping. There's food service and retail. I can keep cleaning and watching y8.
    This is the reality for many college grads out there now; friv no new jobs were added to the U.S. economy in the last month. And I read your
    posts about, essentially, Just Doing It, and I think, "Yeah! Just do it! That's what I'll do!" I've got the number for Merry Maids on my notebook
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    right in front of me. Where does that leave me in ten years? I'll tell you where: a Merry Maid. I wonder what kind of on-the-job training I get

    cleaning toilets... (You think I haven't tried hard enough, don't you?)Ok, so you think grad school is a really, really bad idea. When I first started reading these anti-grad school posts,

    I was still in undergrad and I whole-heartily agreed (I don't know what I based this agreement on; I guess I had the idea that grad student = loser, forever student). Now these
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    arguments hit me as sort of ill-informed, and maybe all that is needed to fix that up is a distinction. From what I understand, there are different programs in grad school, it's not just

    one program called "waste of money and time." miniclip There're the liberal arts programs, which are mostly unfunded and do not

    guarantee positions upon graduation - not by a long shot. Here we're talking history, arts, communication, kizi, creative writing, English. And there

    are the scientific, technical, and healthcare-related
    programs, ben10 some of which are funded and include position-focused training and post-grad, structured employment.
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    I appreciate your insight into American work. This comment is just to give you a slice of reality and say that not all post-graduate

    education and training is a terrible, terrible idea. I'm looking at healthcare:
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    PA, RN, NP, MD, Cl. Psych PhD. I wish you wouldn't
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    equate these types with an English master's and declare them all ridiculous.

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