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August 18th, 2008
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Officially unemployed
Friday was my last day in the Hydrogeology lab at the University of Illinois.

I worked there for a little over two years.  It was never a good fit and I was not happy, so part of me is very relieved.  Part of me is terrified of the future.

I have learned from my experience with the jobs I've had that good jobs come through personal contacts, not through searching the want ads.  Even though we call the personal stuff "networking" these days and instead of newspaper ads there are job web sites, I believe the same principle applies.  This applies even more to my present situation, because I would like to try a different career field, but I don't have a degree or work experience in another field.

I am hoping that someone I know will have a line on something specific, where by "specific" I mean "My cousin Fred, who installs solar panels, needs an assistant."  I do not mean "You seem to like animals; have you considered a job working with them?"  I know such suggestions are well meaning, but they are not helpful in my present mental state.

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From:billroper
Date:August 18th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
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Looking for specific suggestions is ok, but people are going to be much more able to help you out if you're able to state specifically what sort of thing you're looking for. I understand that that may not be easy given, as you say, your present mental state, but I suspect that it's a necessary first step to getting out of it.

If you can't visualize what you want, it'll be a lot harder to find it.
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From:backrubbear
Date:August 24th, 2008 02:47 am (UTC)
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Ditto to what billroper said.

Having gone through a maddening part of my career a few years ago, it's sometimes necessary to take some down time from trying to work before you really know what you want to do.
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From:pir_anha
Date:August 18th, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)

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good on the relief -- stress isn't particularly healthy.

i'm with bill on the idea of getting a better idea of what you're looking for. did you ever try that book i recommended? now might be a good time. even if you come out of it with no firm idea for a career change, you'll get a better grip on what strengths you have, which will allow you to assess any chances out there more easily, and give people who might be able to help with networking some hooks. also useful for job fairs and the like.

oh, forgot -- there is also state help out there for people who're unemployed.

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From:mrpsyklops
Date:August 19th, 2008 01:17 am (UTC)
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There was an episode of "At Work with Emory Mulling" on Georgia Public Radio last Friday (8/15/2008) on networking. I heard most of it in the car as I was driving, and thought it was very useful.

It isn't up on their web site yet, but I think it should be available later this week or next week at http://www.gpb.org/atwork.

Hope this is useful.
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