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Old 03-24-2013, 10:02 PM
 
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I have an education and I have gone periods of not working. I am going through one of those periods right now.

I have a wonderful resume but they still want to know what I was doing those two years where I was not working. Just like they are going to want to know why I have not worked since last June. I do always have a good reason.

They certainly do want to know though, and have no problem asking during an interview.
And what is your good reason for not working?

I would tell them I was and am writing for magazines and applying for work.

 
Old 03-24-2013, 10:04 PM
 
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Most places of employment look for someone with a degree. So you do need school. Go to your local community college and get a degree in something. You will have an easier time finding a job. One is not going to fall out of the sky.

Or you could try applying to McDonalds, Burger King, or Walmart. They are usually always hiring. Is there one in your area?
I would need to get a variety of different degrees. If I just got an associates degree jobs would not take me becuz they would require something higher. Or if I got a degree in writing and applied for a job to be a doctor why would they want me? If I got a degree as a stripper and applied to be a pizza maker why would they hire me?

And yes I do have those outlets around me I have applied and they never called me back.
 
Old 03-25-2013, 01:36 AM
 
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I do know how to drive. I took the test countless times already and FAILED every single time!!!!

If you failed, you don't KNOW how to drive, maybe one of your parents can take you out and teach you, or you can find a school, yeah I know, kinda hard with no money.
 
Old 03-25-2013, 01:38 AM
 
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And what is your good reason for not working?

I would tell them I was and am writing for magazines and applying for work.

You say you are writing for magazines but are not being paid ?? What kind of writing is this? Does any of it end up in print?
 
Old 03-25-2013, 01:41 AM
 
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You say you are writing for magazines but are not being paid ?? What kind of writing is this? Does any of it end up in print?
These magazines aren't in print it's all online and I get paid in terms of interviews, tickets, photo pass. No cash payments.
 
Old 03-25-2013, 07:38 AM
 
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Nappy I have a daughter alot like you. I love her very much but she needs to figure it out herself. She likes the blame game just as you do. Get off your ass and fend for yourself, your parents need to move and not take you with them!
 
Old 03-25-2013, 08:44 AM
 
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I would need to get a variety of different degrees. If I just got an associates degree jobs would not take me becuz they would require something higher. Or if I got a degree in writing and applied for a job to be a doctor why would they want me? If I got a degree as a stripper and applied to be a pizza maker why would they hire me?

And yes I do have those outlets around me I have applied and they never called me back.
People with a degree in writing are smart enough not to apply for a job to be a doctor; be serious.

This thread is going no where; it's like beating a dead horse.
 
Old 03-25-2013, 10:45 AM
 
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There are many reasons for attending college: 1) an eventual degree 2) an opportunity to learn new things 3) a way to improve old skills 4) an opportunity to make industry specific contacts through internships (both paid and unpaid) 5) the ability to start and complete classes showes perseverance.

It is expected that most students will change majors. Many graduates complete a 4 year degree but will never work in that field. Is it better to get a degree in the field you want to work? Of course. Will it limit your options by getting a degree in some fields? Yes. But, these are the least of your problems at this point. Many large companies will hire any college graduate for some of their well paid entry level work, btw.

I personally don't think you should be worrying about completing a degree at this point. Only take classes you have a strong interest in at this point, or that you think will be easy and enjoyable. Baby steps...

Perhaps, something like the following schedule:
1) Journalism 101 3 units
2) Photography 100 or 101 3-5 units
3) Physical Education (tennis, swimming, walking, etc.) 1-3 units
4) Music Appreciation or Guitar (if you want to learn to play) 3 units

I'd also suggest you go check out the school newspaper. Usually, this will be unpaid, but mileage will be reimbursed. The editor/s sometimes receive a stipend.

The Community College newspapers in CA actually compete 1-2 times per year, which means free travel, training, practical experience, and opportunities to socialize with others in your field. Several of the students my son worked with on his CC newspaper were hired for paid internships or for paid freelance articles. They all went on to 4 year colleges, including UCLA and CSUN.

Financial Aid can also include "work hours", and if you're diligent about following through, this might be a good way for you to get some current work experience.

Spending tens of thousands of dollars on a sub-par trade school like many do is obviouslly not a good use of your time or money.
 
Old 03-25-2013, 12:11 PM
 
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Have you thought about applying to work in a vintage record shop? Or in a music store? How about working on a weekly community or special-interest newspaper (hard copy, not just online)? Given your interests and experience, these places might be just the ticket. There likely to be special-interest weekly or monthly publications in your area which focus on the music/hipster/performing arts scene - such publications can be found in almost all larger cities.

But you do need to polish up your writing before you can expect to see it in print.
 
Old 03-25-2013, 12:29 PM
 
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I would need to get a variety of different degrees. If I just got an associates degree jobs would not take me becuz they would require something higher. Or if I got a degree in writing and applied for a job to be a doctor why would they want me? If I got a degree as a stripper and applied to be a pizza maker why would they hire me?

And yes I do have those outlets around me I have applied and they never called me back.
This is just extremely childish excuse-making. Come on, you can do better than this.

Get some additional training/education in whatever field interests you and in whatever field you think you might have a future, given additional knowledge and ability to apply that knowledge. Then apply for work in that field, not something totally unrelated. You have to earn some credentials, either through continued education/training or experience. Making excuses of this kind doesn't cut it. Get real, get some solid training under your belt, then put it to use.

Once again, you need to clean up your writing. Bolded are two errors: "associates" should be possessive, i.e. "associate's". It's "because", not "becuz". You are not texting here. You've also left out commas in three places: after "degree", after "doctor" and after "maker". You also omitted a period after "me" in your last (run-on) sentence, which should be divided into two sentences. That sentence would also be improved by adding a comma after "yes". That's six errors in five short sentences. That's WAY too many for someone who calls herself a writer.

If similar careless errors occur in your online magazine writing (not to mention your various job applications), you will not be taken very seriously or read as widely as you might wish, as such errors make your writing very sloppy and hard to read. They do not reflect well on your eye for detail, and make you seem careless and disrespectful of your audience. Such mistakes are very easy to spot and correct, so take the time to do both, if you want to be read and have your writing respected.

For others who may be concerned about similar errors in their C-D posts - this is not directed at you, but just at Napy666 and at anyone else who presents himself or herself as a writer, be it online or hard copy. If you call yourself a writer and want to be taken seriously, for goodness' sake, learn to write clearly and cleanly! If Napy666 had no interest or background in writing, but wanted to do something entirely different, my advice also would be different.
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