Virtual Careers Expo

I’ve been musing over careers and industries and opportunities lately. While I do have specific artistic aspirations these aren’t things that necessarily follow an obvious career arc. I clearly need a more traditional career to support myself and my other aspirations. So it got me thinking… What do you do? I’d love to know. If you don’t mind me asking, please leave me a comment.

1. What do you do, what specific activities does it involve on a daily basis?

2. How did you get involved with this position and this industry?

3. What sort of training, education and experiences did you need?

4. What do you see in your working future?

1 comment… add one
  • John, I wouldn’t recommend it for everyone, but I teach college English as an adjunct. In some ways, it’s a great job. Very flexible hours and I get to talk about writing and writers for a living. Not too bad! OTOH, there’s a lot of preparation — reading and planning lessons, writing exams and lectures — at home for that one hour in the classroom, so the pay doesn’t end up being so great. To make a living wage, I’d have to teach a ton more classes. I used to teach high school which is better pay but way more headaches with the kids, discipline not being a strength of mine but being absolutely essential for a HS teacher.

    I got into teaching 20 years ago because I wanted a better job than being a secretary. I had to get a couple of degrees, but I taught during grad school so that was fine.

    The reason I got into teaching was an article I read titled “How Writers Live Today” and it was all about how teaching and writing were such a great fit. That’s really only true if you don’t need to make a living wage or if you are a published writer with a plum spot as a writer in residence at a college. Those jobs are tough to find.

    I’d still like to teach in the future, but more in the community, teaching creative writing to people who really want to tell their stories instead of kids just starting college who are required to take writing courses (and often resent that fact).

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