For many who may not know, my job at Death Valley National Park, while great, is only temporary.  In roughly 6 months, yours truly will be back on the job market.  In preparation for that coming day, I’ve already started to applying and putting some feelers out.  Given the state of the slow economic growth, it seems I have so many questions and concerns but very little answers.

The one benefit of living in the desert is that you have very little distractions.  Less distractions means more time to think.  Really think about things.  Over the course of several months, I’ve come to realize exactly what it is I want to do.

I’m an archivist but I have experience with history education through Teaching American History in South Carolina.  I have to admit.  I loved that job.  It tapped into that side of me that’s always had a fondness, nay a passion for history.  It gave me the chance to blend meld my worlds of archives, history, and education.

Now that back on the job market, I’m looking for those jobs that are in archives or libraries seeking someone who is willing and interested in education and outreach.  Unfortunately, those jobs are few and far between.  So this raises the questions:

Do I hold out for the type of job that I really want? Or do I apply for jobs that’ll, at the very least, get my foot in the door?  Or, do some blending of the two?

 

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  1. Debbie says:

    Ashley, apply for any and all jobs, within your interests of course. Like you I took a temporary archivist position but one year in they made it permenant so you just never know. And I had two terms positions with NPS and finally found a permenant one on the third try. And that was even before I got my masters at South Carolina. Then off course I quit the park job to get married, but that’s another story. Good luck! And if I see anything at the University of Florida, I will let you know!

  2. Theresa Wagner says:

    I think you should def apply for jobs that are somewhat related to get your foot in the door. I have the luxury of being more choosy b/c my current job isn’t going anywhere

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