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Old 06-16-2010, 10:50 AM
 
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I am a 49 year old black woman who has worked in a college in NY for 15 years. My husband and I want to relocate to Florida very badly, because NY is not where we want to be anymore. I have been trying for over 2 years to find work in Florida and have not limited myself to colleges, but with no luck. We have been to Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers and Orlando. I actually interviewed for Valencia Community College, but did not get hired. I have naysayers about Florida, the weather, the alligators, the snakes, low pay, I have to speak spanish (my husband does, hes PR)yet I think the changes would do us good. My problem is no colleges seem to be hiring and the job outlook is making me discouraged. We are not even limiting ourselves to a specific place. I went down to Orlando, I had a telephone interview from Ocala, no luck. I cant bring myself to just move with no job...any help would be appreciated. Also, are the renting procedures in Florida the same as NY?

Thanks.
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Old 06-16-2010, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Welcome to one of those public higher ed scenarios that doesn't put the fun in dysfunctional. The state has chronically underfunded higher ed for years and spends something like $8-$10K per year per student less than it did in the mid-80s once you adjust for inflation, and we've seen actual cuts in recent years. I'm lucky that where I work only has a hiring freeze in place for non-emergency situations; a lot of schools have laid people off, in some cases dissolving entire academic departments.

So your competition for a lot of jobs down here will be the person who spent the past 20 years doing the job descritption at FSU and got laid off because of the budget crunch.

I wish I could be more encouraging but it's just really really bad here right now. I can see it improving in a few years because the legislature is finally letting us start to float our tuition up to levels you get at other SE higher ed systems, and that should help stabilize the process, but the short term is still going to be slim pickings.

I would make sure to keep an eye out for positions at the private non-profits because they might not get the same application deluge as the state schools.
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Old 06-16-2010, 11:07 AM
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Location: WPB
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What is your actual job in the college?
What are you trained to do?
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Old 06-16-2010, 12:05 PM
 
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Thank you for the response. I am an Administrative Assistant in the Nursing Department of a community college. Sadly, not very marketable now.
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Old 06-16-2010, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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The last external admin job opening we were allowed to advertise paid less than $25K a year and got more than 60 applicants. But then the white collar non-high tech job situation here has never been great and we've got some really good benefits.
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