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I really really need to get the hell out of this job. Really. But I don't know how. Hell, it's the first and only job I ever managed to get in my life and I don't know if I should do it again, never mind how. And I don't really know what I want to do - there's not a lot of call for people who do exactly what I do.

So what I want is for people to tell me what sort of job I should do. Tell me if you know of any good vacancies in charities, administration, events organisation, whatever, but also tell me what you think I might be able to do from what you know of me, or how one goes about getting into jobs in further education, adult education, universities, the Council. I need help here - before I go quite quite mad.


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14th Jan, 2003 05:37 (UTC)
I seem to be exactly in your position. I suggest calling universities HR departments and seeing what they've got going - most are extremely good at putting their vacancies on their websites as well if you don't want to cold call. jobs.ac.uk are good for national vacancies in higher/further/adult/open education (which reminds me I haven't looked there in a while). For charities, try the Guardian. And apply to as many as possible (instead of just circling them and forgetting which is what I do, because I am a shit).

If you're specialised in something then check out the specialist journals. I wouldn't know about that cos I'm a mere admin monkey and god knows if I'm ever destined to do anything else... but I know I'm not destined to be HERE.

Good luck.

(I love the way LJ lets you comment on total strangers lives, hope this wasn't intrusive or whatever).
14th Jan, 2003 08:42 (UTC)
Edinburgh University puts its jobs here: http://www.jobs.ed.ac.uk/
14th Jan, 2003 05:47 (UTC)
14th Jan, 2003 06:04 (UTC)
As I've said before...
You are a very competent organizer of things involving people. Your strengths are:

  • Seeing money, time, etc. as hard problems to solve, not worries to be postponed.
  • Being extremely sensitive to peoples wishes, feelings, and sense of fairness.
  • Experience in organizing the important things cheaply.
  • Excellent ability to communicate in writing (seriously).
  • Being massively intelligent (always helps).

So, I think you should be an organizer/administrator for something that:

  • Involves keeping a large set of people (delegates, students, the public) pleased.
  • Preferably is socially relevant and/or will get you some direct appreciation.
  • Lets you deal with problems in good time, rather than urgently on the spot.

Your job fits the bill, as would some academic administration. You could probaly also handle the public relations (as in relating to the public, not lying to politicians) department of something that's actually good, like a charity. On a different tack, you could manage a significant part of, say, a progressive publishing company.

Although I think you could also organize for-profit conferences or be a good office manager, I'd hesitate to suggest it because I think you'd hate the stress, attitude, etc.


14th Jan, 2003 07:04 (UTC)
I don't know enough about your day job, really (although I remember that website with the kids' artwork on it). However, taking the conference organising and the magazine editing/production you've done, there ought to be "real" jobs that use those skills and pay well for them -- always assuming you're not completely burned out in those areas.

Also, don't let the dot com crash, and being in an environment generally pretty chocker with techie-types blind you to the fact that you've got better than average IT/web skills. Perhaps less places are taking on web specialists (say), but this makes web skills as part of a general package more valuable rather than less so.

I suspect you're also better than a good many folk at using the web to research material and at constructing sound arguments - those are saleable skills, too.

Now, putting all that together is the tricky bit, and I suddenly realise I've fewer concrete ideas on what can be done with that skill-mix than I thought. Which is worrying, as it's not a million miles away from my own problem.

Heck, at the moment all I can do is wish you good luck!
14th Jan, 2003 07:06 (UTC)
It will probably be easier than you think - it's a lot easier to move from one job to another than to get the first job.

There are several free magazines aimed at the charity field, which survive on advertising. Third Sector is the glossy one, but there are others. Do you get them at work? If so, start browsing the jobs section. If not, let me know and I can send you our spares!
14th Jan, 2003 16:59 (UTC)
the big issue is good for charity jobs. also http://www.scvo.org/TFN/jobs/index.html maybe. good luck!

(sorry, that's about all i can think of at this time of night. unless you want my old job - they still need someone - but somehow i doubt it.)
15th Jan, 2003 00:55 (UTC)
Ex husband manages an Oxfam shop. That involves organising volunteer shifts, making the shop a local centre to call in at, getting regular donations, shop layout, dealing with head office idiots who think it's M and S and they can operate in the same way. (oops, that slipped out)

The other thing is there is a shortage of literacy and numeracy tutors for adults. (and kids) and training to teach adults is free and you can usually begin after a 12 week course 1 day a week. There is a huge government drive to get the one in five in the UK who are not functionally literate and one in three who are not numerate up to a reasonable level. This can mean going into a variety of workplaces and devising teaching material appropriate to each, which is interesting. Or a variety of community settings.

Also there are many unfilled posts in organising the initiative, but I think you need the course and a bit of experience to know what you are organising.

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