Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Why I'm turning ledgers into lemonade

People, people, you wildly overestimate me. You thought my new job might be interesting enough to warrant discussion and/or some kind of big reveal? 'Tisn't.

Oh, I had high hopes, though. You want to hear about an interesting job? Let me tell you about how things could have turned out. A couple months ago I stumbled upon what I was pretty sure was The Perfect Job--Studio Operations Manger at a yoga studio. At a yoga studio that I could walk to from my otherwise not particularly conveniently located apartment. And one of the perks of the job was free yoga! Well, I pounded out an earnest and heart-felt cover letter, sat back, and steeled myself for yet another rejection. But, they liked my cover letter, and wanted to meet me! I will never make it past the interview, I told myself in a futile effort to avoid crushing disappointment. But, we talked, and they liked me! Things were going much too well for me, and so when they offered me the job, I finally discovered the fly in the ointment: though the ad had claimed "salary commensurate with experience, health insurance, and free yoga," in actuality I would be paid only slightly more per hour than your average Starbucks barista. Oh. That. Well, good thing I hadn't gotten my hopes up! 

Ahem.

So, it was back to the drawing board, and now here I am, about to start my new job as a bookkeeper at an architectural firm in the swank Maryland suburbs of DC. It actually seems very similar to the position I held at my first real job in Boston, back in '04-'06. The cushy one with amazing benefits where I lasted only a year and a half before deeming it "boring" and skipping merrily away in favor of a lifetime of impoverished studentdom. (In retrospect, probably not one of my better decisions.) When I tell people what I do, without fail they will look baffled and ask something like, "Did you always want to be a bookkeeper? I mean, how did that happen, exactly? You have two Masters' degrees in what, again?" And, um, no. Obviously I never wanted to be a bookkeeper. But other than teaching it's the only thing I have actual experience doing, and thus it is the only job that anyone will hire me for. Such is life. Might as well make the best of it. Starting tomorrow, I'm gonna keep the fuck out of those books.   

14 comments:

  1. There ain't NOTHING wrong with being a bookkeeper. In fact, I often think of going back to school and taking courses in accounting. So there!

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  2. I would like to know the actual percentage of people in the US with a job in their field of study. I bet it's like 1 percent or something. You are not alone!! But HEY! You know how I feel about a cushy (but boring) job with great benefits! :)

    Honestly I think you've just achieved the American Dream!

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  3. I've never been hired to do anything I was qualified for. My qualifications never landed me anything. Good luck with your new job.

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  4. Majored in physics - work on twitter. qualifications are overrated!

    Sorry about the yoga job though - major bummer :(

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  5. I have it! You marry the boss and stay home all day and watch TV! And it doesn't really require even one master's degree. Leave the male brain alone long enough and it always comes up with the perfect solution for life's little mysteries. No need to thank me, I'm not charging you for the advice.

    M.

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  6. That yoga job is totally a job for wealthy housewives with no kids...or the yoga enthused trust funded. Plus, why are people in DC always getting all up in your grill about professions? Blech.

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  7. Can't knock a job that pays the bills. My job is totally unrelated to my undergraduate degree.

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  8. Congrats on the new job. It may not be what you went to school for, but it seems like doing something completely out of your field of study is the new normal. And you know what? When I was actually working in my field of study (ESL teaching, translation), I HATED it. I'm wondering why loving family and friends didn't steer me away from an undergrad in linguistics back when they had the chance. I should be a vet right now, not working in a French castle at the reception desk.

    P.S. Love the title of this post. Very clever :)

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  9. Maybe there will be interesting people. Interesting people make up for a lot. Congratulations, and best of luck in your current endeavor.

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  10. Find something to enjoy at the new job, and hope that the economy will get better soon and we will all get our dream jobs!

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  11. Look at it from the point that, eventually, you had a lot of interesting jobs!

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  12. hahahaha! I love that you are going to keep the fuck out of those books. Awesome. Totally missing you!

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  13. So let's just hope you were wearing something fashionable when your skirt blew up, just saying.

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  14. Nothing wrong with bookkeeping!! I'm a qualified accountant! haha

    I hope the new job is exciting for you!

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