I'm over 30 and lost...what am I doing wrong?
February 3, 2011 2:25 PM Subscribe
I'm 33 years old. I obtained my BA in English from a respected college in 2001. Since then I have worked in nonprofits, retail, education, and in an administrative capacity. I have never made more than 32,000 a year. Currently I make 12/hour in NYC metro area as a temp, doing data entry. All of my previous jobs lead to nothing...the one promising job fell apart because I was suffering from major depression at the time and I quit so that I could be hospitalized.
In the five years since then I have worked my butt off...but never made more than 14/hour. I can't get hired anywhere. My dream job would be working as a project manager for a nonprofit, even a project assistant. Or working in marketing and public relations, even starting out as an assistant. I have a well-written resume and my cover letters are solid. However, I rarely even get interviews.
I feel like a loser and a failure. I am taking my PRAXIS soon to hopefully qualify for my teaching Certificate of Eligibility, but I don't think I'll get a job with the C of E alone, there are so many other requirements and classes. I'm going to try regardless. However, that is not going to happen overnight...in the meantime I would like just a GOOD JOB. Not even my dream job, just one that pays a living wage. If it wasn't for the support of my partner, I simply couldn't survive on 12/hour and no benefits.
Has anyone ever been where I am? What would your advice for me be?