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Confused Job Seeker in Miami, Florida

35 months ago

I am in my early 30s and I am unemployed. I have a Bachelors in Political Science and I am considering these careers:
Preschool teacher
ESL teacher
social worker
translator
adoption or international law paralegal
school mediator/facilitator
school counselor
career coach
radio/TV announcer
training specialist

I love sports, travel and learning foreign languages, and law. My strengths are planning and writing and I score high on verbal and clerical aptitude. I can not type fast though. I have some experience in teaching, but I can not find a job.

Is there anyone working in these career? If so, what is a typical day like for you? What are your likes and dislikes about your career? Thanks!

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mary in Tampa, Florida

35 months ago

As for teaching, I got alternative certification in teaching. Start reading about the budget cuts. Teachers are being laid off. They are losing tenture. Their pay and job security is being tied to student achievement. Student achievement is difficult to achieve in low income/low incentive areas. If you went towards teaching, you would be smart to get a second Bachelor's (another two years).

School mediator/facilitator; school counselor, see teacher.
International law paralegal? If you find a job in IL.

Social worker? Government budget cuts. Many files, overworked. Going to homes. This is a dangerous job, low pay.

For everyone of these jobs you listed, go to the FORUMS for each. That will give you an idea.

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mary in Tampa, Florida

35 months ago

I left out about alternative teacher certification. Because there are now so many teachers, and the budget cuts, many schools districts are only hiring teachers with a Bachelor's in Education. I haven't gotten a job.

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Confused Job Seeker in Miami, Florida

35 months ago

Thank you again for your responses!

Displaced Legal Professional, I read your posts about being a paralegal on various threads. I am sorry that you had to go through those experiences. I do not want to become a paralegal because of that. Do you know of any paralegals who became mediators?

I also do not want to pursue a second Bachelor's degree. Therefore, Broadcast Journalism is out. As I mentioned before, I am in my early 30s. It would take me a long time for me to get my foot in the door an work my way up the ladder. I would probably in my 40s or 50s before I get a major assignment. It is also a competitive field.

Mary-I went through an alternative teaching program. I have a teaching certificate and experience in the classroom. I don't think anyone is safe from the budget cuts, especially teachers who have a Bachelor's degree or higher in education. I think that is the worst part about the economy and education. It is disappointing and frustrating especially for teachers who do not have experience in other career fields.

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trying to weave it together in Murrieta, California

30 months ago

Preschool teacher -- low pay
ESL teacher -- tough to get a full-time job
social worker -- did it. DONE. low pay. clients DON'T typically want to change. change is hard, especially with poor support systems. Do it if you like tedious paperwork, handing out freebies, foul language and possible physical violence depending on the position, lies, people who are stuck but won't listen to your help.
translator -- perfect. What about being a dual immersion teacher? Teaching in both English and 2nd language. Many schools are going to that now (border states).
adoption or international law paralegal --
school mediator/facilitator -- if you like drama
school counselor -- again, if you like drama and putting out fires
career coach --
radio/TV announcer -- take a few classes, work your tail off in the student radio/TV station. take an internship ASAP to begin building a network. you'll need a demo to get a job. pay is meager starting out. may have to move to small town to get started. tough hours.
training specialist

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trying to weave it together in Murrieta, California

30 months ago

have you considered speech therapy (schools/hospitals/outpatient)? heard from friends in the field jobs are much easier to come by. see a lot of jobs out there for this.

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IslandStyle

30 months ago

Wouldn't she need to go back to school for a few years to get that additional degree for speech therapy? I could be wrong about that but as far as I know coming from a B.A. background and trying to get a graduate degree in a B.S. field would also require you to go back to undergrad and more than likely fulfill some additional hard science requirements.

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Confused Job Seeker in Miami, Florida

29 months ago

trying to weave it together and IslandStyle-Thanks for the responses!

I have looked into a career in speech therapy. Again, I do not want to get a second Bachelors or another graduate degree. I know some speech therapists. One cannot help all of his or her patients.

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R. in Sacramento, California

29 months ago

School counselor jobs are very hard to find. I know several individuals who graduated with their masters to be a school counselor who are stuck as a substitute teacher because they can't find jobs.

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Parafreegal in Chicago, Illinois

29 months ago

Paralegal jobs are few and far between at the moment, even for someone with experience. I wouldn't recommend pursuing a career in this area right now unless you know people who will hire you. There's a lot of hype out there about this profession. I highly suggest you ignore it.

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Bluetea in Texas

29 months ago

Confused Job Seeker in Miami, Florida said: trying to weave it together and IslandStyle-Thanks for the responses!

I have looked into a career in speech therapy. Again, I do not want to get a second Bachelors or another graduate degree. I know some speech therapists. One cannot help all of his or her patients.

Before making that decision, check out www.bls.gov/oco. Its the government's own assessment of where the Help Wanted signs are.

I teach high school kids this strategy. IMO, its a mistake to base a career decision just on interest or aptitude.

If after 4 years of college, your kid says, "I have a degree in _______, what can I do with it", you both made a big mistake.

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Confused Job Seeker in Miami, Florida

28 months ago

Most of the information on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is outdated.

Thanks for your responses!

Bluetea in Texas said: Before making that decision, check out www.bls.gov/oco . Its the government's own assessment of where the Help Wanted signs are.

I teach high school kids this strategy. IMO, its a mistake to base a career decision just on interest or aptitude.

If after 4 years of college, your kid says, "I have a degree in _______, what can I do with it", you both made a big mistake.

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