11 June 2009
So, I am actually going kind of crazy here at home with no job yet, so it got me to thinking: what haven't I considered and looked into yet jobwise? I came up with two new angles: 1. Teach English overseas. Pros: There's almost always availability for such a program, free housing and really cheap cost of living in someplace like South Korea so I'd be able to teach for a year and save (according to estimates I saw) something like $20,000 per year to come back to the States with. I do enjoy teaching, although I am more of an older-kids' teacher than a K-3rd grade type of teacher, so it would be at least something I'm relatively comfortable doing. I'd get to travel to a new place in the world, experience a new culture, and do something not a ton of people do, while also doing something humanitarian-based. Cons: The very reason they get students to do programs like this is because you're put into an extremely poverty-stricken area most times. The accomodations, while free, will almost certainly be not of great quality. I also know a couple people who've done such programs before, and while they say it's rewarding, it also has its big downsides. And frankly, I do enjoy my creature Americanized comforts of my home here, like being able to watch the ball game at night and whatnot. 2. Join the armed forces, particularly the US Navy. Pros: Money. They help pay off my student loans, give me on-the-job training to become an officer (since I have a bachelor's degree), and offer lots of after-commission benefits. I'd get the experience I desperately need right now in a field like public affairs, pay down my loans, save some extra money for after the service, and be able to transition into a civilian career within 6 years or so if I chose to. Theoretically, a position like this would also enable me to see new areas of the world - though if I chose the public affairs career path through the Navy, I'm not so sure how much ship-time I'd see. Cons: I've never been all that good at taking orders, and frankly the rigidity and demand I can only assume a job in the Navy (or Army, Air Force, or Marines) requires kind of scares the crap outta me. Plus, to go and work in library sciences or in baseball like I'm currently dreaming of I'd need either a master's degree or experience in baseball, neither of which I would get while in service, so my current dreams would get put on hold. I'd be curious to hear what the very, very few readers of this blog think about the subject - feel free to comment or to drop me an email!
Posted by Andrew Meeusen at 22:06