The second day of Things to Do focuses on professional goals. This isn’t as exciting as personal goals and requires a whole helluva lot more work. I stand secure in my assessment that having a job is a lot easier than trying to get a job. Suck.
1. Expand my job search. Big Guy and I have decided I need to look at more areas throughout the US. Since graduation, I’ve been looking in Denver and SoCal. With the temporary move to Palm Springs, I’ve refocused exclusively on Denver. However, I’ve been resoundingly rejected on too many fronts in Denver. I have effectively educated myself out of the Denver job market. However, Obama just signed an Executive Order that will help new graduates, primarily PhD, JD, and Master level students, to transition to federal employment. Really, all this means is that he is issuing a directive for graduate level internships to be posted in a central clearinghouse. If I am able to get either a job or an internship with the federal government, it will probably be in Washington DC. It may just be that we don’t get to move home, not if I want a job, anyway.
2. Publish my dissertation. Or bits of it anyway. My dissertation focuses specifically on policy issues of concern to women. I would love to get a job that allows me to do this full-time, so why not start working towards this goal by publishing within the discipline? Also, everyone loves a technical writer. It will never look bad to have published papers on my CV. I’ve put so much time and effort into the dissertation, it would be a shame to let it sit and rot on my desk.
3. I have another paper that’s been brewing on the back burner for a while now. I want to explore how variations in pro-natalist policy impact abortion rates in industrialized nations. I have my theories, but I think it would be interesting to see what the data say. These are topics I’m really passionate about – social welfare and women’s rights. I think they are intrinsically connected, but no one has explored this specific relationship. Why not me? I’ve got nothing but time.
4. Pay more attention to my other blog. I would love to get a job. Any job. Right now I am focusing on program analyst positions in federal and state departments of social services. I would also love to do Medicaid/Medicare analysis, as well. Ideally, though, I would love to find myself using my research and analysis skills for the purpose of issue advocacy. I hope to become a more attractive job applicant by building a body of blog posts in applicable issue areas. It would also be really cool to submit those posts and have them published in other forums. In order to get there I need to do more research and writing. Blogging once every six weeks isn’t going to cut it. I want to aim for one blog post a week. Perhaps I will start next week.
Here it is. The multi-point plan to ensure that life does not pass me by while I sit on the sidelines and feel sorry for my infertile/unemployed self.
I don’t have anything to lose.