I'm possibly moving in 6-8 months and not sure how I'll make money
January 5, 2014 9:30 AM Subscribe
My girlfriend is in the middle of applying to phd programs all over the country, and a parallel job job (k-12 educator) may not be easily available where we're going. I'm trying to prepare for alternatives so I can land on my feet.
posted by lownote to Work & Money (12 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
Regarding the move: she's applying to schools in every corner of the country right now so predicting exactly where we'll be won't be more clear for another couple months.
I'm in my late 20s with about 6 years experience teaching music in an urban school setting. I'm definitely not opposed to finding a similar job wherever we end up, but between individual state licensees and the current job market in my region of the country (NJ), I'm skeptical that I'll be able to find anything for the upcoming school year. I have a comfortable amount saved up for emergency purposes, but I don't want to rely on that if I can find a decent job.
Before I even figure out what I would like to do, I'm not sure what types of jobs I'm qualified for. Actually, I'm pretty flexible in what I do, so long as its not aiding evil and I can avoid bringing emotional stress home every day (Easily the worst part of my current job). I feel like teaching is more like most office jobs than people realize, but HR departments might not feel that way. I'm organized, and I have fairly good writing skills (albeit a little dusty) with a few brief forays into grant writing. I work well in group settings, and I have some leadership experience. I'm also very comfortable using technology, and I'm a fairly quick learner, but I also don't have substantial proof of any of these things.
I'm not opposed to start learning a new skill now that might be in demand, so long as I can study it after work between now and the move. I've considered trying to teach myself some sort of technology skill like coding, but I'm not sure if someone with self taught skills and no experience could meet a manager's candidate expectations.
Obviously as a musician, I could look for freelance work in a variety of areas, but that takes a long time to get off the ground, and depending on the area may not have a lot of potential.
Has anyone done something like this? What did you do to make the transition as financially comfortable as possible? Do you have any suggestions or advice?