jobs I would rock:

6 May 2010

  • anything that involves InDesign & Photoshop
    (I can give you a list of people who’ve called me a genius at those programs)
  • writer. (Duh.)
  • mythbuster assistant. (LN2, explosions, nerdiness, science! = awesome)
  • event planner & coordinator (even in terms of marketing & PR, et cetera)
  • associate producer/editor (or editorial assistant) -> print/program director
  • interior designer (ish)
  • book + paper arts artist
  • educator:
    – wildlife
    – creative writing (after my MFA; possibly literature, depends on after my degree)
    -communications (media stuffs, journalism, pr, broadcast stuffs. need a faculty adviser? me.)
    – social media, internets, blogging, basic design for web
    – book + paper arts
  • cupcake expert
  • blogger. (another: Duh.)

That’s the smallish list I created last night.  The majority of these are obtainable in some way or another.  And a lot of them are really more than jobs, they can be careers.  But most importantly, I can definitely and confidently say that three of those bullet points involve very strong, deep rooted passions.  (I’m going to go a head and make them bold and pink. — if you’re wondering about the first, it’s because it holds true to “strive to do something creative every day”, plus I rock those programs and thoroughly love working with them.)

Now there are two others I could have thrown in there but that fraction of hesitation to include them in that first batch kept me from doing that.  (Which is why they’re just bold.)

Anyway.  The main point is that a lot of these are obtainable.  Meaning I need to get off my complacent butt and get working towards these.  I don’t hate the toy store, but it’s not the right place for me — and I’m starting to feel that every time I’m there.  I am grateful for the job and the promotion, but the reality is I don’t want to stay in retail long term (or even through the next holiday season) and even though I did get a good raise, I’m really not earning enough.

Even though I’m generally exhausted (which, yes, the toy store is a large factor there), I’ve got to actively be working to start doing something I love.  I mean, yes, I’m am indeed throwing this out to the universe hoping to speed up the process.  But I can’t just put this on my blog and hope something just magically falls in my lap (or inbox).*

So.  Here’s to it.  I’m not happy in my current situation.  So I need to do something about it.  Let’s see how this goes.

*Although don’t let that stop you.  You should totally hire me — just contact me (erini {at} erinichristine {dot} com) and we can talk, you can check out my portfolio**, we can meet over cupcakes.  Trust me.  I’m awesome.
**Unfortunately a lot of my writing and design was lost… bad archiving systems.  But you want a sample that relates to your business, just ask and I’ll show you want I can do.

  • Trader Snootch

    I bet if you got a curriculum together and started advertising private or small-group lessons in basic web design, InDesign, and Photoshop, you could start making some extra money. You can get lots of students/clients through word-of-mouth. This would also look good on your resume. Is your new apartment big enough to have a student or small group over? And would you new roommate be amenable to having people there?

    • Erini

      I might actually start putting curriculum materials together… but more so to support my InDesign portfolio — to show off what I can do. (So it’ll probably be materials for wildlife & conservation education — drafted up together by my roommate and I.)

  • I would be an excellent personal shopper. I’ve been old this several times.

    I’d be excellent at anything having to do with animals as well. I can’t seem to catch a break in either though.
    .-= Ashli´s last blog ..Hey Mr.Destiny you Forgot about Me, You Forgot To Leave a Number, You Forgot to Name a Street =-.

    • Erini

      Personal shopper always seemed like an awesome job. I’d do well as a personal assistant. I can plan the hell out of someone’s life — and given the funds, I can get shit done. (That’s pretty much what’s limiting me in my own life right now.)

      Getting a break is hard. But we can do it. Fingers crossed. 🙂

  • This is too funny. My sister graduated last May and has been working in a toy store in Beantown for a year… until YESTERDAY, when she started her new career.

    You can, you can, and we’re rooting for you 🙂

    • Erini

      Normally on a list of careers I always throw in Rockstar. Maybe it’s a sign of maturity that I didn’t? Or… maybe it’s just implied that I’m already a rockstar. Yeah. Totally the latter.

      I don’t mind the toy store… but it’s hard when one person you’re with almost every day is very negative about everything (a curmudgeon), the pay isn’t the best, and you know it’s just not your passion. Hopefully I’ll be out before the holidays.

      (and thanks, seriously. having support from my blogging community has been awesome.) 🙂

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