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    Default Desperately seeking career change

    My journalism career is Dead and there is No Hope for it. To emphasize the lack of hope, I used Capital Letters. What sort of career change that doesn't involve years of Expensive Education would be feasible for an out-of-work reporter/editor?
    I'm a little teapot, short and stout. Here is my handle and here is my spout. Every time I steam up, I give a shout. Just tip me over and pour me out.

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    Columnist for a magazine...

    Anything that requires lots of writing, specifically creative writing.

    What are your interests?

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    Technical writer, grant writer. These are simply other ways to tell a story. (Require some extra training.) Nonfiction skill-sets translate more easily into cash than fiction. Teacher at a community college. Did your journalism involve people contact? Sales. Marketing. (Marketing = words. Take a few add-on courses.) Tutor. Work at anything that interests you or makes you grow, while developing another direction on the side. Smile, be open (like you probably already are -- I see your MBTI letters). Technical skills get you in the door, but people skills get you hired.

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    I'm interested to know how your journalism career died?
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    Thank you for your suggestion.
    My interests are:
    • writing
    • drawing
    • painting
    • crocheting
    • gardening
    • planting trees and any other aspect of horticulture
    • singing
    • sewing
    • making jewelry (beading)
    • story telling
    • cooking
    • baking
    • history


    That's all that I can think of for now. It doesn't sound all that marketable.
    Thank you for your help.

    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    Columnist for a magazine...

    Anything that requires lots of writing, specifically creative writing.

    What are your interests?
    I'm a little teapot, short and stout. Here is my handle and here is my spout. Every time I steam up, I give a shout. Just tip me over and pour me out.

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    Lots of people contact. I did all sorts of feature stories and interviews. Oddly enough, though, I am really a bit too shy for sales, even though I'm not a strong introvert. Grant writing might be interesting. I don't know how to do it yet, though. I'd be willing to go for extra training, just as long as it doesn't take years and cost a fortune!
    Thank you for the suggestions and the support!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by LeafAndSky View Post
    Technical writer, grant writer. These are simply other ways to tell a story. (Require some extra training.) Nonfiction skill-sets translate more easily into cash than fiction. Teacher at a community college. Did your journalism involve people contact? Sales. Marketing. (Marketing = words. Take a few add-on courses.) Tutor. Work at anything that interests you or makes you grow, while developing another direction on the side. Smile, be open (like you probably already are -- I see your MBTI letters). Technical skills get you in the door, but people skills get you hired.
    I'm a little teapot, short and stout. Here is my handle and here is my spout. Every time I steam up, I give a shout. Just tip me over and pour me out.

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    Looking at your list of interests, 'nanny' is marketable if you are intelligent, responsible, flexible, and pleasant, especially with a few add-on courses for childcare, CPR, first aid, and you may get to do a lot of your interests with the children. It might be a part-time solution, too.

    Regarding sales, if it's a product you support, you are likely approachable and have a trustworthy aura, which is the opposite of the pushy salesperson stereotype and really works well. Not that sales is necessarily a booming career in this economy.

    Because of your people contact/skills, you might be surprised to find that you make a really good manager/supervisor also, say in a crafts or gardening business.

    I know these things because I'm dealing with a somewhat similar situation. I would be really interested to find out what your next step(s) do turn out to be -- what works and what doesn't. I've had to do some trial and error, one job was absolutely fantastic but temporary, one I quit after a week and a half, it was so 'not me' after all.

    In your spare (?) time, write an e-book on the side about some gardening niche, one how-to e-book and one e-book on the history of the subject (which you will investigate and do e-mail interviews of some guy in Madagascar for), get a website and blog going, and sell the books on your website word-of-mouth and viral. You never know. Okay, I'll stop now.

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    My journalism career had been getting ready to die for some time. When I graduated from journalism school, I couldn't find a Real Job, even though I sent out something like 400 resumes to a variety of publications. I did find some part-time and free-lance work. Still, it was a struggle. I had to do temporary clerical work and I was really bad at that. One of the reasons that I went in for journalism was so that I wouldn't have to sit at a desk all day! Also, I could get paid to be nosy!
    At one point, I was even a social welfare examiner for the local Department of Social Services! I was especially terrible at that! I had to fill out forms all day and be mean to poor people! I lasted six months before I got canned. Getting canned from such an oppressive job was actually a relief!
    Well, my last freelance newspaper job got killed off by someone other than me! The bookkeeper at the newspaper where I was working decided that the newspaper's money could be spread around... with himself! Over the course of several years, he helped himself to $75,000 (at least!). When he was caught, he had almost nothing to show for all of that money that he had swiped. Apparently, he spent it all at the casino. He was sent to prison, which is where he currently resides.
    The publishers of the newspaper then got rid of all of the freelancers, citing a lack of funds to pay aforementioned freelance reporters/photographers. And I was doing both: reporting and photography. Because it was a small-town weekly newspaper, I wrote about a wide variety of topics, including artists, road reconstruction, and school activities. The pay was atrocious! It was low from the standard of third-world countries, such as Bangladesh.
    Still, I was disappointed when the job ended.
    Since then, I have worked "freelance" at a variety of little jobs, including housecleaning, gardening, and babysitting. I also worked as an election inspector.
    I try to do all of these jobs because I am saving my money to go to Latin America this winter for a month to take a refresher course in Spanish at a total immersion program.
    I have discovered that I really like working outside. It minimizes the effect of my auditory processing disorder (I get badly overstimulated in active, echoey indoor spaces). Plus I love working with the plants.
    So that's pretty much it... the demise of my journalism career.
    Sigh. It was fun while it lasted although, for sure, it was not at all lucrative.
    Quote Originally Posted by Trentham View Post
    I'm interested to know how your journalism career died?
    I'm a little teapot, short and stout. Here is my handle and here is my spout. Every time I steam up, I give a shout. Just tip me over and pour me out.

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    Wow, I'm sorry to hear you've had to go through all that. A lot of folks in the newspaper industry are meeting with similar fates, embezzlling co-workers or no. My ex wife was/is a graphic designer at one of those small-town weeklies and they had constant turnover. And I can certainly attest to how much the pay sucks.

    It sounds as if you would like a job where you actually get to help people, and you don't have to be stuck in an office all day. Plus you like plants, hmm...maybe learn how to do landscape design? There's money to be made in that, although with the housing crash it's not what it used to be. Also I think your idea of taking the Spanish immersion course is a good one - being bilingual will help you regardless of what path you choose to take career-wise. Good luck to you in any case.
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    Have you tried moving to a small rural town? It is very hard to get published in a big city, but we moved to a small town and found that it was suddenly easy to do just about anything. There is a smaller pool of people to draw from, and therefore it is easier to be a big fish in a small pond. Also, the newspaper is still very important here in a small town. We moved from a suberb where everyone reads their news on the internet, but here in rural USA, everyone reads the newspaper.

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