vmlopez

Bored, Annoyed and Unemployed

In 1 on July 17, 2009 at 11:14 PM

So, after college, I landed a job at the Fort Worth Independent School District as a tutor for their AVID program at a middle school.  I loved it.  However, now it is Summer time and there are no students to tutor so I am left out in the cold.  I have now been unemployed, officially, for two months and it is killing me.

I really want to get a great job using my Journalism degree from, what I consider, one of the great journalism schools in Texas, maybe more.  The University of North Texas prepared me for news writing, however, I should have asked for more.  I knew I didn’t want to be a reporter, so why did I choose that path?  Well, I want to edit.  I love editing, I have been editing for as long as I remember.

In high school, we used to pass notes in class and guess what, I would edit them and give them back to my friends.  I don’t know, it’s just in me, I guess.  When I read something, I make a mental note when I see something that is wrong.  A blessing and a curse all at the same time, but although I know what I want, I just can’t seem to find it.

I have been looking and looking and researching and applying for any job that I think will interest me and that I feel would be a good match, but the employers seem to think I am not a good match for them.  Well, they haven’t told me that, but their silence and lack of any communication leads me to believe so.

I don’t know.  I am 26 years old, have a Bachelor of Arts degree, have editing, social media, blogging and writing experience, I am a fast learner and adapt well, but no one wants to hire me.  What is going on when a college degree isn’t cutting it anymore?  Could it be that now, a master’s degree is what is going to get you in the door?  I can’t afford to go back to school right now, I can’t afford to move to a place (New York) where there seem to be more than enough jobs in my field of interest (editing, magazines, publishing).

I am tired of staying home during the week.  I really want a job and maybe, just maybe, I am at fault.  Maybe I am not looking hard enough or something.  Who knows, but things need to change and they need to change fast.

I am bored, I am annoyed and unfortunately, I am unemployed.  HELP!!!

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  1. Vee, Take heart. There’s so much out there. Please read my two blog posts, “So you didn’t get that summer internship…” and “Getting a job in a tough economy…” http://www.tiny.cc/careerblog.

  2. Hi Vee, I think you’re doing the right thing by starting a blog. Journalism jobs are really down right now and there’s a lot of unemployment in the writing industry. Paper print is going down and on the web, there are far fewer outlets which pay writers.

    That said, if you really want to write and edit, there are sites on the web where you can look. The most important one would be Craigslist Dallas.

    Take heart, it’s always darkest before the dawn.

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