@honey cowl Yep! Non-profits vary so much. They are corporations with special tax designations ... not necessarily awesome places to work. I have worked at ones that are fantastic and ones that made me miserable. I've certainly never worked 35-hour weeks, but I'm a lawyer and don't expect to have a schedule like that. I like my job now a lot, but I'd say I work about 55-60 hours most weeks and make maybe half of what a first-year lawyer at a big firm makes. I tried that kind of work and it made me very unhappy, and decided it wasn't worth it, just as I did when I worked at a bad non-profit making 30% as much.
Thanks so much for writing this. I also went to law school to be a public interest attorney, and so far (6 years out), am still doing it. But the work itself is precarious because so much of it relies on grants or easily-erased lines i state budgets. I've changed jobs every 2 years because of that pressure, and it's definitely impacted my longer-term planning for marriage/family/homeownership. On the VERY plus side, I got rid of my debt in about 3 years, so I am hoping that I'll just keep being able to find jobs!
@bgprincipessa LAME. I guess our public transportation system is not great and I can see foreign travelers without a car not wanting to walk everywhere here, but we should at least get a name!
Would have been under $50! Except I bought a winter coat to replace one that I have been wearing since the first Bush Administration. (It was 40% off and sorely needed, but I still feel guilty for spending $140 on a coat.)
@stuffisthings Haha I actually moved from a Red Line commute to a driving commute. HATE driving, miss my New Yorker time, but do not miss the fucking deathtrap that is the Union Station platform at rush hour at least twice a week.
I was spending about $5 to take public transit to work in my old job. When I moved, I had to start paying to park at work until I could figure out how to get a parking pass so that I could leave my car on the street near my home and walk or take a (free!!!) shuttle to my new job. It took me two months and probably $250 in daily parking (which went up a dollar last month to $7/day for staff)to make this happen, because I needed to make four separate trips to the DMV and city parking offices, in addition to the state inspection process which ultimately cost $300 entirely unnecessary dollars on top of the $200 or so to change the title, registration, and license. My office is 1 mile from my apartment. WHERE THE FUCK IS MY JETPACK.
@highjump I logged on just to agree! It's bananas to see how much rent has gone up in the last 6-7 years.
This is totally me. A huge part of it is that I don't feel as though any job is ever really secure these days. I have friends with my identical credentials who have been job-hunting for close to a year and know many people who are underemployed and living paycheck to paycheck. Although my job is safe and my salary comfortable, I'm wearing a 12 year old coat and walking through the soles of my shoes because I am paranoid about the shitty state of the economy.
@dotcommie Yes, I think in the non-profit world, people identify with their jobs to a huge extent. This is easily exploited, as employers expect us to trade monetary compensation for "meaning," which usually translates to an unhealthy over-identification with your work. Indeed, the ethos is so twisted at this point that a person who does not over-identify with their work is considered less qualified for it, as if our employers are the ones who are doing us the favor by allowing us to work on weekends, at 7am, at midnight because the cause is so important.
Skipping brunch and skimping on non-critical CVS stuff yielded a $135ish rather than a $200ish weekend. It involved two special dinners out and a gas fill-up, so I feel okay about it!