(Closed) Tired of working jobs irrelevant to what I want to do!

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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1237 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Perhaps you could take the job you need to get the money and do some volunteering on the side? I don’t know exactly what you’re looking for, but I work at a residential special ed school and we take all kinds of volunteers all the time. It would be a good way to add to your resume and meet some people in the profession that could possibly be references for you in the future.

Post # 5
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1237 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I can totally relate, I’m just finishing up my undergrad now and I’m taking a year off before grad school to work and hopefully save some money. I hope everything works out for you!

Post # 7
Hostess
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I understand how you feel.  It is so tough to get a job when you are in school, relevant or not.  I agree with trying to find some volunteer work on top of the irrelevant job you need to take in order to make a living.  I hope it all works out for you!

Post # 8
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305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think sometimes, regardless of if one is in school or not, it can be hella hard to find a job relavant to your field at all! I’ve been extremely lucky so far. I was a theatre major and with the downturn in the economy the very first jobs to go are arts ones. I totally expected that I would be working any kind of job out there other than a theatre one just to make enough money to live. Fortunately, I’ve been lucky and have employed in the theatre field for two years now since receiving my undergrad despite the crappy economy.

Grad school schedules and projects are NUTS and you are so right, finding a relavant job that is willing to be flexible with your crazy hours and demanding courseload may be difficult. But the experience of working with a company in your field would be so valuable. Have you considered an internship? It probably wouldn’t pay much, if anything, but if it is in the field that you are getting your grad degree in, they might be willing to be more flexible. And, sucky as it may be, you may just have to settle for a completely irrelavant job just to make the money you need to cover your expenses. The bright side of that is that it is temporary though!! Good luck, and I hope you can find something that works for you that you really like!

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

The only people I know who have been able to get a job in their field of study while attending grad school are the ones who do on campus research, assisting with lower level labs, and doing TA type stuff. The schedules are relatively flexible although they don’t pay well. But it’s always better to have something relevant on your resume if you can.

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