The Job Shuffle stops here; I'm starting a Career!
December 7, 2006 4:20 AM Subscribe
Help me end office-job serial monogamy in my 30s and start building a career in broadcasting or publishing for my 40s.
posted by auntbee to Work & Money (6 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I've had a variety of office jobs that have lasted a few days (temp) to a couple of years; and, while I've enjoyed the variety in environment and flexibility in schedule, I'm ready to move on from job-hopping to building a career that I can bring with me the next time I move. In my 20s, after earning a B.A. in English, this nomadic work life was great. In my 30s I'm realizing that if I don't choose a field and start working in it now, acquiring experience and skills that I can build upon, later, when I move (maybe NYC in 5 years or so) I'll be on another "job" search for a general office job, looking forward to the same 20k yearly income in my 40s.
So, here's my plan (so far). I've done the hard part. That is, I've chosen the field(s): radio (more likely internet radio) or magazine editing/ publishing. I have minimal knowledge of either, other than the fact that I enjoy being a consumer of both. I'm very willing to start at the bottom. --I’ll have the opportunity to learn the nuts and bolts of the industry and be making an investment in a career with growth and possibility. Ideally I’d like to be making some kind of income, but if necessary, I can work for free for a few months.
What are some things I could do that would make me an ideal employee for each field? I’m open to anything that will give me a step up. Any tips on resumes, interviewing, search techniques, etc? For instance, I thought it’d be a good idea to learn a few computer programs, but I’m not sure which ones. If they’re expensive, I’ll need some tips on how to find them for cheap or even for free (if it’s something local schools or libraries might provide access to). Are there any websites or books that will give me an applicable rundown of either field, not just theoretical information? What skill sets should I be working on and should I be concerned with getting a head start on the industry jargon? Is there a book or website that even exists for this?
ABOVE ALL, I need help with finding places to apply to. How do I get a list of all the internet radio companies and (medium to smaller) magazine companies in my area, or at least find most of them? I’m in Orange County, California. Any specific job or internship experiences you’ve had in this field, perhaps even in this area would be very welcome. Names of specific companies and business wouldn’t hurt either.
Thanks in advance for your time and help.