@bgprincipessa Fact: Library school grades are meaningless to life. Read only the truly relevant stuff - by that I mean things that professors aren't regurgitating back to you or that you want to know more about. It can be super hard but unless you want to do a PhD, don't worry about the grades.
I did a practicum (internship for course credit) which was 10 hours a week. It wasn't required, but it was suggested to either do a practicum or do a research project before finishing the master's program. We were told by professors though that if we could get paid experience elsewhere (especially over the summer) then we shouldn't try for the practicum then. It was really valuable for me because I created a whole bunch of web resources which I could point to whenever someone asked if I have ever created online content. It gave me a mini-portfolio. However, doing the practicum and working part-time was hard.
@Lily Rowan I just spent the last year working in a rural community. You absolutely have to contribute if you want to have friends out in the country, even in North America (I'm Canadian). You have to say, I have this skill and I will help with this and all of a sudden you are at a quilting circle making baby blankets for the local hospital or attending a strawberry social. It's way more low key than an urban space and you have to know for yourself if you can handle it and if it is enough of a social world for you, but first you have to really try.
It's really hard to get out of retail, so I feel for you, but you do have a lot of skills. Video editing! Tutoring! I'm impressed. My suggestion if you really want to pursue social media work is to maybe consider offering contracts running social media accounts for small businesses. Honestly, small business owners don't have the time to do it, but they know they should. My old boss interviewed someone last year who was doing something similar and she said she was so busy that she was considering hiring people. I hope you get something soon. Good luck!
@notpollyanna Thanks for all the advice! I have been trying to follow up on the good ones, but often there is no direct way to speak to a human The human resources phone line at one of the school boards is only a touchtone line for staff, and all the applications were emails sent to central jobs@ or hr@ emails. I'll still try to follow up though. Hilariously I think I keep on hoping for too long on certain jobs because oneof my friends got an interview 4 months after she applied.
I just moved cities two weeks ago and I am nearly settled in. I got myself a very part-time job and I am on the hunt for full time. My main problem is that libraries (university, school and public) often take forever to get back to you and I sent out some really great applications at the end of August. I'm still obviously applying for things since I don't know if its all being sent into the void or not. How long do you wait on a job application before you completely forget about it?
My boyfriend finally released his game so celebratory drinks tonight! ($30) and this weekend we need to paint the tomato red room. I don't know what else we will do this weekend, but making our place a home seems to be pricey so another $100 plus $ 50 for groceries?
@lemonadefish Don't worry. I just moved into a new apartment and I feel like I am bleeding money with the painting and the groceries and the replacing all of the fancy light bulbs because they are all burnt out and trying to figure out storage and it doesn't seem to end. It's just part of moving. I do think that paint might cost a bit more than you think though. Just be ready for it.
And sometimes the push for amenities comes from alumni, and it still effects students. At Queen's in Canada, alumni raised a ton of money for a new fitness complex. Unfortunately, at some point during construction there was leak that damaged some of the very expensive floors. With the flooring issue, plus the fact that none of the money raised was going towards maintenance and staffing of the building, student fees went way up. Obviously, tuition is far lower than US rates, but this sort of thing happens there too. Alumni probably wanted their kids and grandchildren to go somewhere with amazing athletic facilities, but they might not have realized the continuing costs associated with it.
I just moved this weekend so it was expensive. $23 for gas, and $9 for dinner on Friday. On Saturday we moved from my boyfriend's place to our new place. Lots of people helped. My boyfriend bought us all drinks and dinner. He also bought me a McDonald's breakfast. Sunday I bought groceries ($75), fancy lightbulbs ($72) because they were all burnt out and all our painting supplies for 2 rooms($270). On Monday we painted one of the rooms (it was both purple and green!) and that was it. I estimated $400 for the weekend and the result was $449. And I just finished my contract so I am currently unemployed. Oh well.