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1. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 8y

This is my second post tonight, so obviously I'm feeling needy but here goes.

At the end of the summer I finish up my volunteering gig and have to go back to real life. However I have no idea (or maybe too many) of what to do with the rest of my life. In my former life I worked in Theatre and Opera as a Props Artisan. This means I can upholster, sew, mess around on the computer, make fake documents, do some woodworking, and am just generally crafty. I don't plan to go back to this for many reasons, but a big one being that all the upholstery has started to give me Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:(

Other things I generally enjoy or am good at are reading, baking, babies, needlework, sleeping, photography (don't know how good at this I am) and travelling (Also to mention that unlike a lot of folks in the arts I don't fear science, and almost majored in Chemistry.)

I have some ideas, but am completely confused. I'd like to find a line of work that gives me a reasonable (getting by without tons of worry) income, as well as being somewhat creative, marketable/not too hard to find and job, and would allow me to have time for a family, should that ever happen

Some things I have thought about, but are still questionable are art historian (employability?), graphic desinger (computer only, I really can't draw that well, which could be a problem), and arts administration.

Does anyone have any thoughts, great ideas, or even helpful websites. I really can use all the help I can get. Thanks in advance!

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 8y

Quoting Wonkerer

This means I can make fake documents

U will be useful when we have trouble getting visas.

3. Posted by cplford (Budding Member 98 posts) 8y

If you can falsify documents and are crafty, you have a leg up into a career in politics. You will have to practise lying and nest feathering, as well as promise breaking and hypocrisy. Any major party will do as they are all the same in these skills.

4. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 8y

If you like children and are good with craft type of work, what about trying out for a job in a childcare related field?

5. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 8y

Seriously speaking if u want to combine a possible motherhood with working the type of job to have is one that has flexible hours. When u dont get enough sleep or when your child is sick or has a problem at school it is useful if u are not tied to a 9 to 5. Something u can do from home is the best option to cut down on commuting time and the expenses associated with getting public transport or driving to work.
What about doing something on the internet? If interested u could PM Zacery(or is it Zacary). He is an American member of TP who lives in Thailand but makes a living from selling advertising space on the internet. He said if anyone wants advise on how to get a job like that he is willing to point them in the right direction.
By the way if u want to be a mother dont choose a job in childcare. What u need is a job that takes u away from doing childcare if u are a mother. Childcare burns u out so a job that is the opposite of it would give some balance.

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 7, 2008, at 11:42 PM by Mel. ]

6. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 8y

Quoting Mel.

Seriously speaking if u want to combine a possible motherhood with working the type of job to have is one that has flexible hours. When u dont get enough sleep or when your child is sick or has a problem at school it is useful if u are not tied to a 9 to 5. Something u can do from home is the best option to cut down on commuting time and the expenses associated with getting public transport or driving to work.
What about doing something on the internet? If interested u could PM Zacery(or is it Zacary). He is an American member of TP who lives in Thailand but makes a living from selling advertising space on the internet. He said if anyone wants advise on how to get a job like that he is willing to point them in the right direction.
By the way if u want to be a mother dont choose a job in childcare. What u need is a job that takes u away from doing childcare if u are a mother. Childcare burns u out so a job that is the opposite of it would give some balance.

Mel

From your prison cell, you're in no state to advise people on their life choices Mel.

7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 8y

Are u following me James?
Go away!!!!!

8. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

Are you willing to relocate or are you looking to stay where you are in Iowa?

You have mentioned you "don't fear" science and almost majored in chemistry. Did you minor in chem? That may help in finding a position in the science field but it will be tough to do so without it. Living in/near a university town known for it's medical school and science programs, the competion will be tough without your BS degree. It won't be impossible to find a position, but it will be more likely a civil servant job with cost of living raises rather than merit raises. The saving grace - it's "hard" money and almost impossible to be fired once hired. Non-civil positions are mainly "soft" money and if an Investigator's funding dries up - there goes your position. Again, not an impossible field - just a tough one. (Ultimately scientists get into the field for the love of the work as the pay usually sucks comparatively - especially without a PhD or MD following your name around.) If science still interests you - I recommend checking out state/federal programs usch as the Iowa DNR or Iowa DAS.

Personally, I agree with James with the childcare idea. With your talents in art and theater - what about working with special needs children (such as autism, Downs Syndrome, ADD/ADHD, etc.)? It would seem to be a good way to put your creativity to work in new directions. Since these children do not respond to the same types of stimulation that (what we consider) normal children do, the caregivers are always having to develop ideas and items that will engage a child.

Sorry to hear about the carpal tunnel... Our couch needs re-uphostering and we're just not up to doing it ourselves again. Oh well.

9. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 8y

In response to Gretchen generally looking to live in the U.S. (don't know that I'd like permanently being that far away from everyone and I kinda like the convenience of the states), but not specifically Iowa. Generally I like the Midwest, Pacific Northwest, and the Northeast. Places I wouldn't want to live would be the South (including Texas and Florida), and possibly the Southwest.

Working with children doesn't sound bad to me, but I do wonder if I have kids how that would work out, as well as liking to have adult conversation

Unfortunately I don't have a minor in science, but rather in French.

As far as flexibility of a job goes, really flexible is nice, but more I was just wanting to get away from things like theatre production where additional hours can be added on at random, longer days, extra days, etc.

Thanks for the help so far

10. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 8y

how about working as a