Potential Job Question

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  1. RollTide macrumors 6502

    RollTide

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    Ok very long story short(er)....

    I have a bachelors in History and Social Sciences, worked every day of my live after high school which included office manager of a small lawn business (1 yr) and recreation aid at a community center (5 yr city position) I'm 24 years old. I just resigned from city job to be office manager full time because it was only 30 hours a week and the lawn business offered way more money.

    Wife has new job which more than doubles our income, and since I'm about to shoot myself at my current job, I want to start applying my degree. Full support of my wife to to whatever I want. Here is my question...

    In Alabama the employment rate ain't bad, but jobs that require degrees are hard to find. I have always wanted to be behind the scenes in the television/radio news industry. There are a few stations hiring in my city, but I do not have the experience (even though I feel like I could excel at the job). The position is assistant producer/proofreader. I just want to walk into the station and say hey, I'll work like an intern, no pay but in a month I want consideration.

    Is this a waste of time??? Of course this is just my issue in a nutshell, I plan on marketing myself a little better than that.

    What do you guys think?
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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  3. ComputersaysNo macrumors 6502

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    If you can explain to them clearly why you think you should get the job, and don't forget to mention that it is probably your dreamjob, there's not much to lose is there?

    Ask them if they have time for a chat without being it considered a jobinterview, that's what i should do.
    Tell them you are willing to prove that you are what they are looking for, by working for a week. (a month is too long me thinks)
     
  4. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium

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    Exactly. Unpaid interships are for college students looking for school credits. You work, they pay.
     
  5. RollTide thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the response guys. Of course I do not want to work for free, but if I have to scrub toilets to reach the top then so be it!

    My Brother-in-law just informed me of an Apple integration specialist at the school he works at. I also do not meet the requirements of that, but after reading the job description I was left with the feeling that it can't be hard. I would have to train the teachers though. That'd be an interesting job. I trained my mother-in-law.
     
  6. (marc) macrumors 6502a

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    ... and that's why you don't study history and social sciences.
     
  7. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    I think this is a great attitude to have, and if you manage to keep that attitude? You'll stand out from others, especially if you express a desire to move up. Plus, with a surplus of educated individuals looking for work and fewer jobs? It really does seem more and more like getting a job is all about networking. Even if "networking" means starting off as a volunteer or a temp. I might not have a popular opinion around here (on MR), but I do feel this way.

    Why not go for both? See how it goes! You just never know. Opportunities can present themselves when you least expect it.

    ETA: Re: marc. I read somewhere before that something around 70% of the American working population works in a field unrelated to her/his degree. Only some careers/ positions require specific degrees.
     
  8. RollTide thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ya history and Social Sciences was interesting, but without experience I could not break into the social services industries. All the government jobs require 2+ years of experiences. The non profit organizations require twice that in many cases. As you stated devilot it is about who you know, but the people I know all work for the government agencies, and you have to go past a separate personnel office which is extremely picky. Their main goal is to stamp out nepotism.
     
  9. Psychomacuser macrumors member

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    In case you didn't know, UNEMPLOYMENT is increasing again.. so your state will be next to issue TIER 5.
     
  10. RollTide thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks Captain Hindsight :p
     
  11. fernandovalente macrumors 6502

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    A diploma doesn't mean you can't or can do stuff. Do you have the skills required to work for a radio/tv/something_like_that? If yes, go ahead! If not, go learn them and who knows, get a degree in that area. And I'd not volunteer for this kind of work as the companies you want to work at are not non-profitable.
     
  12. ender land macrumors 6502a

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    I hope you are not ruling out all jobs which say that on the application. What's the harm in applying anyways?

    I think most job listings have some amount of experience as a requirement.
     

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