Time to get a new job.
July 3, 2013 8:48 AM Subscribe
I'm trying to find a new job so I can start actually saving some money and move into my own place. I'm a college grad with a linguistics degree living in northern NJ. For the past three years, I've been living with family, paying a small amount of rent each month, living a paycheck-to-paycheck existence and working a job I don't particularly enjoy. I'm done with this, but I don't know where to begin. I know there are a lot
of posts such as this one on here, but I'd like to try to find answers particular to my situation.
posted by zchyrs to Work & Money (18 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
So: I've been out college for three years now, after earning a bachelor's in linguistics in 2010. While I was at school, I stayed with family (an aunt and my cousins) to save money. I worked a whole bunch of different jobs during college, and ended up working as a clerk in the deli/catering department of a supermarket in late 2009. It was only meant to be a part-time source of income while I was finishing school...but I'm still there. I want to get out, badly, but I have basically no savings. What little money I earn goes to rent, gas, food, and until recently, car insurance. Though I no longer have my own car, I do have access to a car.
My present goal is to find a new, full-time job that will enable me to actually save some money. My eventual goal is to have enough money saved up to move to Philadelphia, where I can start looking for more rewarding, career-type work. The only trouble is, I'm really not sure what job titles I should be looking at. I need a little guidance.
A short overview of my work experience:
- Supermarket/Deli etc. - I work the deli counter, do some food prep, train the new employees, and am kind of a walking encyclopedia of product/equipment knowledge.
- Student assistant - I was a student assistant for the linguistics department at my school. Mainly, I tutored other undergrad linguistics majors. I also did a little grunt-level research assistance work (transcribing/annotating data).
- I have also been a pizza delivery driver, an assembly-line worker, and occasionally a house-painter.
I am willing to continue to work retail/customer service if I can find a job with decent hours and pay, but I doubt I'll find one. Ideally, I'd like to find something with regular, 9-5 hours. I have considered tutoring, but I have had a lot of trouble finding any full-time work in that field. I applied for a writing tutor position at a private college in my town months ago and never heard back from them.
So what other jobs are out there, that I would be qualified for and which suit my criteria? Any suggestions are much appreciated.