Which way is up?

Posted by on July 11, 2010 at 7:43 pm.

I started my first “grown-up” job 41 days ago. I moved to a city in a state I had never lived in before in order to take this job. I was pretty much willing to move anywhere after graduation for any job, except South Dakota.

I work nights. I feel like most night-work jobs are considered pretty low on the “ladder” we’re all supposed to climb while pursuing “careers.” Sorry for the unnecessary quotes, if you feel they were unnecessary, but I don’t want you to think that I’m the type of person who thinks in terms of a career ladder. Those are other people’s terms.

I thought I’d be content with any job that paid a living wage and was within my field and abilities. Oops. Should have been more specific.

So, where to go from here? You can do anything for a year, as I’ve been told time and time again by professors and mentors, so I’ll do this for a year. Then what? Which way is up from a place that seemed like it was everything I was asking for? Is going back to school to get a higher degree a step forward or a step backward? What about taking a job in a place where there are people I know and care about, even if the job doesn’t pay a living wage or isn’t within my field or abilities? Is that a step forward or a step back?

This is what I’ll be spending the next year pondering. Along the way, I’m certain I’ll have adventures that produce great coming-of-age stories I can share here.

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