What do adjuncts do over the summer?
April 16, 2014 6:03 PM Subscribe
I'm an English adjunct and the end of semester (and my employment) is 20 days away. My dept isn't hiring adjuncts for summer. The community colleges in my city don't have any openings. Where can I find work to survive the summer?
posted by joyeuxamelie to Work & Money (15 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I have an MFA in Creative Writing and I've freelanced in Graphic Design for several years. I applied to the few graphic design jobs posted to the university job boards, but am worried I won't get a position. I followed up on one application and discovered that they were already nearing the end of the interviewing process. The office worker told me that if I am going to get an interview, I should hear from them in the next few days. But what if I don't hear back from them? Or any of the offices I applied to?
I've been applying for design jobs, because I'm very tired of the low pay, huge workload, and lack of job security that plagues adjunct work. I can't handle panicking every semester over whether or not I will be employed for another semester. It's too stressful. I am responsible for too many bills and too many people to not have consistent employment. I just want a normal, 9-5, year-round office job, please.
Ahhh. This is so stressful. I feel like I have wasted the last three years getting this degree. I should have gone to design school and become a "real" designer :(
I would love to hear what other adjuncts have done to survive the summer. Or how other adjuncts made the transition from working within academia to working outside of it.
Thank you so much for all of your advice.