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Let me preface this posting by saying I am a typical Libra and making any kind of decision has always been hard for me. Life changing decisions, like what job to take, are even more difficult. So I’m having a hard time with my current decision.

Today I interviewed for a position with a nonprofit in the development department. It’s a position that would allow me to learn about every aspect of development, as well as allowing me to gain valuable experience in writing pr copy, development copy (such as donor letters, invitations, thank you letters, etc.), and grant writing. They would even pay for me to take classes in Grant writing in order to take the lead on all of the grant writing work.

Sounds great right? They’ll even pay me my asking price. What I’m worried about though is the organization itself. Though the organization is 40 years old, the foundation is relatively new. It’s still going through relatively obvious growing pains and they’ve already experienced a high turnover rate in the employees already. Their offices were dull, empty, and disorganized. My immediate supervisor was uncomfortably nervous and painful to speak to (and therefore conducted the interview poorly), which makes me worried about the development department since it is dependent on interpersonal skills. My big boss was extremely nice and has a successful background in development working for higher education. This would make him an ideal mentor. However, he was scatterbrained, easily distracted, disorganized, and spoke plainly about how he can be incredibly demanding as a boss.

So what am I to do? Should I take the position because it does offer the opportunity to learn so much about the development process and nonprofits? It’ll also offer a chance to gather so much needed experience writing copy and publishing it on a larger scale than in the past. Are these things worth sacrificing a positive, low stress work environment with people that will be easy and pleasant to work with? Is experience worth sacrificing everything else one looks for in a job?

Let me know what you think.


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It has come to my attention that in today’s economy it is entirely possible to be overqualified and under-experienced. Not only is it possible, it’s common, it’s an epidemic! Is it possible that too many people are going to college? Are too many people coming out with degrees? There are thousands of colleges out there these days. Not only are there the junior colleges and universities of the old days, there are now purely online universities, private universities and colleges by the score, and growing numbers of public universities as the demand for higher education continues to grow.

But is this just a vicious cycle? Do you actually need a four year degree in psychology to be a scheduler for a marriage counselor? Do you need a BS in Math to work as a junior book keeper? Aren’t we setting the standards for these jobs a little high? But yet every one of these positions requires a college degree. It seems that these days every office, sales, or white collar jobs says “BA/BS preferred.” Thus creating the need for more people to go to college and get a degree to fill the position that they didn’t really need a degree to do.

Wouldn’t it be fairer to our students to provide more specialized vocational training or career advise at an early age? Would it be completely un-PC to give job training in high school instead of requiring students to take a 4th year of English they don’t want or a 3rd year of a language they’ve been failing for 2 years before? Couldn’t we offer these students technology training or carpentry skills or book keeping? Can’t we tell our kids that not everyone needs to go to college to succeed? Can’t we just say out loud that this pressured academic requirement we’ve created is keeping our kids from succeeding? What we’re doing instead is pushing students to go to a college, that may or may not be truly accredited, get into tens of thousands of dollars of debts, only to begin a job that will pay them the same or less than a vocational job they could have had right out of high school.

And then there are people like me. A four year degree, 2 years of grad school and a teaching credential. And the jobs I’m being offered are either paying $10/hr, but to which I’ll never be hired since I’m incredibly overqualified to spend my day filing and copying. It seems employers would rather hire someone with fewer credentials, since they are less likely to leave the position for something better. And the jobs that I would like, that pay according to my academic credentials, I don’t have the relevant experience for; that is, I didn’t spend the last 3-5 years copying and filing. So what am I to do?

I think I’ll try a writing career!

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