Post # 1
I’m going to be 25 in a few months. I have a degree in music performance and my specialty is early music. I was quite close to getting my “dream job” which included being flown around the world to play in Baroque operas, ensembles etc. Once I started putting a priority on having a family, I knew the future I was working towards wouldn’t be a possibility for me. To keep things short, I will say that the life of a musician is not what I want for myself, so I quit a year ago. I was a semester away from getting my masters and have no intention of finishing it. My FH is also a musician and will be entering dental school soon.
Once I quit music, I took a semester off and I have now been taking Spanish classes. I know some Spanish as of now, but I’m not fluent. I plan on studying Spanish until I can pass my bilingual generalist education test.
As of now, I want to get my life started. I’m ready to get out in the real world and earn money. I want to bring home a paycheck and feel proud of it. I want to work hard during the week and earn my weekend. I really want to support myself. I just don’t know where to begin or what I’m qualified for (if anything.) What should I do and where should I start? I will take any and all advice.
I don’t want to go back to school (unless its for a very short period.)
I dont want to work at night or very long hours.
I cant stand data entry type jobs.
I would hope for a job that paid 20-25k per year. Is that unrealistic?
I love working with and helping people.
I am also very easy to get a long with and I learn very quickly.
Thank you so much for reading through this and taking the time to help a bee out 🙂
Post # 3
@sheepandbear: Have you thought about applying to a music library? They have administrative roles and your background would lend nicely to it.
Or at a music oriented non-profit? Like a fine arts center, music education advocacy organization or similar places? Really, anything in the Arts. Given your background, you could possibly move into a position (around your desireable salary), gain some practical and transferable skills (it would be M-F 8-5) and then you could re-assess in a year or two.
Just some thoughts.
Post # 4
You could probably start looking for administrative assistant (secretary) type jobs. I don’t think they generally require a degree at all and they are generally jobs where you can learn on the job and be respected for hard work. I think 20 or more is realistic for that type of job. If you’re working full time for $10/hour, that is 20k. So anything above that you’re in the range you’re looking for.
Post # 5
Also, how do I reply to (legit) craigslist ads? Is there an etiquette for this?
Post # 6
Well, you say you can’t stand data entry jobs…does that mean you would not be interested in a job as a bank teller or as an administrative assistant? I mean, there is some data entry in both fields but a lot of customer service, too…
Those two were the first jobs I thought of, since they’re fields that would prefer a degree, but one is not necessarily required (and a degree in the field is not required).
Unfortunately, with your degree you’re overqualified for a lot of “dead end” type jobs that would make you $20-25k a year, like environmental services at a hospital (pays better because of the biohazard). But….If you got your foot in the door in a healthcare organization in something like environmental services, you could easily transition into another position, like a surgical tech, which would pay better (and wouldn’t necessarily require any other training, other than on the job).
I’m assuming you’ve already considering teaching music? If not, that’s a no brainer!! 🙂
Post # 7
@sheepandbear: I would recommend starting with Indeed.com, Monster.com and other reputable employment sites.
Not that you cannot find a good job on craigslist, but I have been mislead a few times on craigslit and its not the easiet to navigate.
Generally though, an email or phone call inquiry is considered professional unless they specify a certain way to respond.
ETA: Since you haven’t finished your master’s degree, you might consider leaving it off your resume and applications. This could actually help in some cases with the “overqualified” issue. My Fiance did this as he has a master’s degree. It’s not lying, it’s just omitting and can help you get an interview.
Post # 8
@sheepandbear: Most ads should have either a phone number or an email address…they’ll usually tell you how to apply. If there isn’t anything specific, I’d just reply to the ad with your cover letter as the email, and attach your resume. Follow up with a phone call or personal visit a few days later. Some of them will tell you “do not call about this position,” or “stop in to apply in person,” so keep an eye out for that!
Post # 9
@bmo88: Since you haven’t finished your master’s degree, you might consider leaving it off your resume and applications. This could actually help in some cases with the “overqualified” issue. My Fiance did this as he has a master’s degree. It’s not lying, it’s just omitting and can help you get an interview.
This is true, regarding not looking overqualified. But, if someone is looking at the dates, they may want to know what you were doing during that gap in your resume. Gaps usually mean someone is trying to ‘hide’ something.
Post # 10
@fascinated: That is a valid concern, however, she has only been unemployed for a year. She could say she took time of to pursue personal interests and her love of music, which is true. She could mention studying music/pursuing a master’s in an interview. Since she hasn’t completed it yet, it’s not lying or hiding anything really.
Post # 11
You could definitely give music lessons on the side, regardless of what you decide. How many credits do you need for a master’s degree?
Post # 12
@sheepandbear: i have a degree in performing arts (classical musician) , and nearly done with a masters degree also in performance. i don’t know if you are interested in starting off self employed, but i will be getting the bulk of my income to begin with from private teaching. it means flexible hours, great pay per hour (though that would depend on your city and your level of qualification), it’s rewarding (but not easy!) and you can work with your schedule as you see fit. i do think it’s a great, reliable way to start earning steadily with skills as a performing musician. this is presuming you are interested in working in the music field!
Post # 13
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@sheepandbear: What about trying to get a job as a music teacher in high school or middle school? You could also teach music on the side in peoples homes or your own? You could charge upwards of $20/hr and I would think it would be something any musician would enjoy… If you did well with it, you could even make it your full time job. Also, you could try to get a job as an administrative assistant or other office jobs. Also, whatever you apply for, try to tailor your resume to show that your previous positions gave you relevant experience.
Post # 14
- Wedding: December 2014 - Brigalia's
@sheepandbear: oh, and if you’re only 1 semester shy of getting your masters, why not finish? (I’m in a similar situation, I have a Bachelor’s that is essentially useless and working a job that requires a Bachelor’s but a few yrs ago I could have gotten the job right out of hs… so I feel you)
Post # 15
So you told us what you dont want to do, but what would make you happy?
Working with people? Working by yourself? Something creative?
Think of the traits you like and let us know. There are more options out there than you think and once you set a goal you can take the steps to get where you want to be. It may take a few jobs and some work (IE volunteering, networking etc) but you can get there.
IE, you would ideally love to work with music still and like to work with kids- Ask your local library if you could volunteer to teach kids music. Even using spoons and buckets to drum do supplies are cheap. Get experience doing that. From there that could give you experience to work with other music related non-profits. In the meantime get an administrative job so that you have that experience too.
Post # 16
Like others have said, you could look into private teaching. My friend has an MFA in theater and charges $100/hr for singing lessons.
Are there any school choir teaching positions you could apply for? Or private preschools (they like people with a background in music)?