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Old 06-23-2013, 07:48 PM
 
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I have been in underemployment hell for the past three years. Worked in retail and factories and hate it. I currently work as a shipping clerk and my job makes me want to slit my wrists at times. Not to mention I make very little money, so I can't afford a decent place to live. I make $10 an hour and live in a small hick town in Indiana. The nearest city is Bloomington, Indiana which is a minimum wage hell hole.

My pay is so low, I am having trouble saving the money to move. No, I don't live beyond my means. This salary just isn't enough money.

I swear the only good jobs in Indiana are stripping and selling drugs and I really don't know what to do. I am not the stripping type and would rather die than do it. I am also a law-abiding citizen, so selling drugs isn't an option either.

I just need help getting out of this hell hole.

I should mention I have a B.S in elementary education.
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Old 06-23-2013, 07:50 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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In what school district are elementary school teachers paid only $10 per hour?
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Old 06-23-2013, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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In what school district are elementary school teachers paid only $10 per hour?
If you read her post, she is making $10/hour as a shipping clerk
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Old 06-23-2013, 08:35 PM
 
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What is your previous experience?
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Old 06-23-2013, 08:53 PM
 
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I have been in underemployment hell for the past three years. Worked in retail and factories and hate it. I currently work as a shipping clerk and my job makes me want to slit my wrists at times. Not to mention I make very little money, so I can't afford a decent place to live. I make $10 an hour and live in a small hick town in Indiana. The nearest city is Bloomington, Indiana which is a minimum wage hell hole.

My pay is so low, I am having trouble saving the money to move. No, I don't live beyond my means. This salary just isn't enough money.

I swear the only good jobs in Indiana are stripping and selling drugs and I really don't know what to do. I am not the stripping type and would rather die than do it. I am also a law-abiding citizen, so selling drugs isn't an option either.

I just need help getting out of this hell hole.

I should mention I have a B.S in elementary education.
The obvious answer is to get a Masters in Education and become a teacher. If you swing that, that's a pretty good career which pays much better than what you are earning now. Sure, everyone here is going to say teaching sucks and teachers can't find jobs. But teaching is better than most jobs in terms of job demand and security.

Also, if you are good looking enough to become a stripper, it stands to reason that you could land a guy who makes a decent amount. I've watched it happen a lot, whether intentional or not.
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:08 PM
 
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More debt, or find a man. Great advice bro.
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Lower east side of Toronto
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Some people dream of getting out of the rat race and live in your "hell hole" _It sounds like you have a nice simple life in a little town - I would rather have that then be some big shot in a bank tower.
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Where I work, our building overlooks strawberry fields on which a bunch of field guys are picking strawberries. They probably make $8 an hour, just a guess. I've asked my buddies who are all making six figs if they would do that work for DOUBLE their salary. I was surprised they said yes. No way would I.

Would you pick crops for double your current salary?
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Old 06-23-2013, 11:23 PM
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Why are you a shipping clerk with a BS in Elementary education??????

Get a teaching job!

you have to look outside your current home town for one thing.. Many rural school districts are scrambling to find teachers. Many of those districts will help pay for relocation, housing, clothing subsidies - etc..

Once you get into a rural district go back to school to get your masters. Rural school districts will pay for it. Once you get your masters you will get an approximate $10,000 raise (I know one school teacher that did this).

Hell.. join the peace corps for some experience and to network!
Look for work overseas in developing countries (there are several organizations that need teachers - and sponsor you for working overseas - even if you don't know the language)
Again... why are you a shipping clerk with a BS in Elementary Education????????
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Old 06-24-2013, 06:07 AM
 
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Also live in Indiana, and two hours north of your town substitute teachers earn $20 an hour plus benefits.

I have a full time job in a different field but work as a substitute teacher part time because I love to teach.

OP: move to Hamilton County and sign up to sub at three school districts and you should have plenty of work plus get experience to help you land a full time position.
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