Would getting an Administrative Assistant AAS degree actually help me get a job? Does anybody have experience with these programs, or hiring people who have them into positions that are long-term? Personal history and details inside.
I've basically been floating along on luck in my life. I have a fine arts degree from a respected liberal arts university that I've never put to professional use. Most of my work experience is in small retail, and that was years ago, and I was never promoted beyond keyholder, mostly because the next step would be co-owner of the shop. Right now I'm doing some strange freelance editing (I edit anime subtitles) that will never be enough work for me to really live on. I also hate the lack of structure, the way I'm responsible for all that minutiae that people with normal office jobs have HR people to help with, the absolute unreliability with the work, and of course how little my time is valued. Being paid for any of the art I create immediately devalues it for me, and every interaction with the art world makes me livid. Just creating a resume is a source of extreme anxiety for me, because I have so many unexplainable-to-employers gaps and no clear trajectory or goals.
I want a solid job with regular hours where my responsibilities are clear, and I have no ambition towards anything beyond a living wage and a respectful work environment. I'm not professionally ambitious, but I take pride in doing a good job at what I commit to. Every job out there seems to need years of relevant experience and multiple degrees, with an eye for promotion and short-term careers, and I know everybody with a PHD is applying to everything, too. That's the opposite, essentially, of what I'm looking for. I've been told I'm "overqualified" by liars so many times! Temp agencies look at my skill gaps and have no idea what to do with me. I don't drive.
Luckily, I have a little money still. (No student loans, no life, huge original savings.) And I currently have nothing but time, as my freelance work continuously dwindles. I haven't been back to school in eight years, and when I was there I was in a completely different kind of program that in no way
prepared me for reality. However, I was usually an exemplary student. I have no doubt about my ability to get a certification in anything that doesn't have too much math and doesn't require me to be physical. I'm very detail-oriented and my editing work has always been good, but editing jobs are cutthroat and rarely pay a salary. I'm happier being creative on my own time.
The program I'm specifically looking at is the one at North Seattle College
. The curriculum seems to include multiple instances of internship and job shadowing, and geared towards maximum workplace skills.
But if I show up at job interviews with a big fancy certification and no relevant experience, even with a bachelor's too, will people even consider me? Am I better off throwing myself at the wall over and over again with an empty resume and just hoping for a personality mesh to happen, instead of committing to thousands of dollars of school? Are certificates from programs like the one I linked to above something that everybody on the market has, or do they somewhat replace the need for entry-level experience? Do you think my wishes with regard to a job would be fulfilled by being an admin assistant, or am I completely misguided?
Thanks for reading my quarter-life crisis AskMe.