Landing and Turning Down my First Job Offer

As I’ve recently graduated and found myself on the job market rather than continuing on with academia, I’ve been applying to a fair amount of jobs. Overall I haven’t had too much luck. I’m a creative(ish) in small-town midwest. There aren’t a ton of postings for people with my skills at the moment. The largest town near me is a hub of insurance companies and finance corporations. That being said, I’ve found some grant-writing positions to apply for as well as some outreach postings in the nonprofit sector. While I’d prefer to stay along that line of employment, I’m applying widely. Girl’s gotta work, ya know?

That led me to take an interview with a large national finance corporation, which will remain unnamed online. The interview went well and I was offered the position less than half an hour after it finished. The location worked well for me, the pay was about what I was looking for, and it would have started immediately. I turned it down. Why? Well, it sounded absolutely and mind-numbingly boring to me. All day everyday I would have been going through mortgages, adding up all of the fees, and making sure that was what people were actually charged. Important work, but not work I want to do. I want something a bit more creative. Something where I can interact with people at least a little bit. I may be an introvert, but I need human interaction beyond telling someone if there is an error in the numbers.

So, I remain unemployed. It’s only been about two weeks though, so I’d say I’m doing pretty well. Now if only I could get an interview with one of those creative-esq jobs I’m applying for.

Weekend Coffee Share 7/4/2017

(Yes, I know it’s not the weekend, but I’ve been seeing these types of posts, and I wanna try it out)

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’m down to one cup of coffee a day plus some iced black tea instead of three cups a day. I’m feeling proud. I also want to work on using less and less creamer until I’m fine drinking black coffee again. Now that I’m not in school anymore, I really want to focus on taking better care of myself, and cutting back the sugar from creamer would be a great way to start. I have sensitive teeth and would really hate to have another cavity.

I’d also complain to you about how much I hate moving. My apartment is a mess as I slowly pack up all of my stuff and take it it trips to my parent’s house. Yes, I’ll be living with my parents as I job hunt. I’ve got no living room furniture right now and there is clutter everywhere. I hate it. I also realized that there has been a box or two of junk that I keep moving with me but never actually unpack. I really should do something about that.

And job hunting! I haven’t been able to focus as much on it as I would like as I’m still working a seasonal job with parks and rec and am, ya know, packing, but I am hopeful. I just sent in an application today that I feel really qualified for and excited about. If I got it I would consider living with my parents a little longer to save money and work on aggressively paying off my student debt. But we’ll see how long I can live peacefully with them. I really hope it doesn’t take me too long to find a job. It took one of my friends nine months. I’m hoping to have a job at least by Christmas–preferably sooner.

If we were having coffee, I’d want to keep hanging out for way longer than we should probably loiter in the coffee shop because I haven’t been getting a ton of social interaction lately and am sure not to get much in my small hometown where almost no one my age lives.  Plus, your company is great. I’d also be super grateful you met me on a weekday since I’ve been working so many weekends.

Until next week,

Katie

The Future is Unclear

The path does not have to be clear to take the next step.

This concept is not something I am comfortable with, but I must adapt. Up until now, I always roughly knew what came next. School led to more school which led to college. That was the path, and I did well on it. It was only when graduation began to loom that my friends and I were truly diverging and going drastically different ways. Some moved out of state and got full time jobs. Some went to graduate school. Some went abroad for fullbrights or peacecorps. The world is opening up in a new way, and honestly, it is terrifying.

I had a plan. I was going to graduate school to get my masters in library and information science. I was going to start my way towards being a rare book librarian. And then I wasn’t.

School is expensive, but with most graduate programs you get funding by being a teaching assistant or research assistant. The problem with LIS is that there is no undergraduate degree so there really aren’t classes to TA for. RAs are often left to PhD candidates. The school I was going to had a fair amount of pre-professional graduate assistantships, but it is also a competitive school and I felt that competition while trying to land one of those coveted positions.

So no funding for me. Without that funding, I can’t afford the degree. I have to defer and get a 9-5 for now, and I am terrified. This was never in the plan and I didn’t prepare to go into the job market this early, but I am. I am taking this side-quest, and I think I will be better for it, but the future is so unclear right now.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Trilogy)

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A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

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In the Shadow of a Man

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World-renowned primatologist, conservationist, and humanitarian Dr. Jane Goodall’s account of her life among the wild chimpanzees of Gombe is one of the most enthralling stories of animal behavior ever written. Her adventure began when the famous anthropologist Dr. Louis Leakey suggested that a long-term study of chimpanzees in the wild might shed light on the behavior of our closest living relatives. Accompanied by only her mother and her African assistants, she set up camp in the remote Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve in Tanzania. For months the project seemed hopeless; out in the forest from dawn until dark, she had but fleeting glimpses of frightened animals. But gradually she won their trust and was able to record previously unknown behavior, such as the use—and even the making— of tools, until then believed to be an exclusive skill of man. As she came to know the chimps as individuals, she began to understand their complicated social hierarchy and observed many extraordinary behaviors, which have forever changed our understanding of the profound connection between humans and chimpanzees. (Goodreads)

I bought this book and another of Jane Goodall’s two years ago when she visited my university and I was actually able to see her speak. Jane Goodall was my role model as a child. Maybe it’s because we had a poster of her in my science classroom and she was the only female scientist I know, or maybe it’s because she worked with animals and I loved animals, or maybe it’s because she’s just down right awesome, we may never know. This book is utterly amazing whether or not you have a particular interest in Jane Goodall. It’s about science, but isn’t overly scientific. I mean, Goodall wasn’t educated in science when she began her research, so she did things that hadn’t previously been done, such as naming her subjects, that help make her research read like a story rather than a lab report even while making groundbreaking discoveries about animals. In the Shadow of a Man has a life about it that I’ve never seen in another science book, not that I’ve read too many scientific novels to begin with, but that’s beside the point. While reading Goodall’s words, I cared about these chimps. I wanted to know how they interacted and what would happen to them. It was fascinating to read about Jane Goodall’s early days before the majority of the world knew her name or trusted her observations. it’s an amazing tale from how she originally got herself to Africa and later on received money to do research without previous experience to the amazing moment a chimp first let her touch him, all to getting an actual research facility and taking on students to aid in research; and I truly think anyone could find something in here to identify with or learn from.

Throne of Glass Review and Guest Post

I originally wrote this review as a guest post for Mary to use as she has fun traveling the world and all that good stuff. If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, you really need to. It’s wonderful and so is Mary. Anyways, here’s my long-overdue review of the Throne of Glass series.

Right before classes started, I began reading this YA fantasy series I discovered on tumblr: Throne of Glass. Boy, oh boy. Here’s the Goodreads description for the first novel: Continue reading