What’s your emergency back-up job?

#1 says:  If this whole professor thing doesn’t work out, I’m going to be a high school math teacher.  Or maybe 4th grade.

We will work and live in the CA bay area where I cannot get a professor job and live happily and modestly ever after.

#2 says:  I, on the other hand, will be a shelver in a large academic library.  All I will do is re-shelve books and straighten the shelves.  All day.  I won’t talk to patrons.  In fact, I may have headphones in the whole time.  I will get to look at all the books the library has and read whatever I want in my copious free time.  It will be peaceful.

#1 says:  Oh, that sounds dreamy.  Can I do that too?  Also in the bay area?  First I need someone else to pay my living expenses though…  And I might not mind talking to patrons on occasion.

I randomly fell on some former professor’s blog yesterday (probably through Confessions of a Dean Dad or Not of General Interest), and she was in law school.  I could not do that.  Three more years of school with me on the being tested side would kill me.  Not to mention the lost earning potential.  Urk.  I think I could do the one year required to get MA certification in CA for teaching.  Unlikely I could handle an MLS program.

ETA:  Found the mystery blog– linked off Not of General Interest:  New Kid on the Hallway That has been bothering me for days.  Good blog too, totally check it out.

9 Responses to “What’s your emergency back-up job?”

  1. Sandy L Says:

    If I pay off all my debt, I’d be able to live off a mimimum wage job (or close to it) in the area I live. I’d probably go back to my college ways and barter for stuff.

  2. nicoleandmaggie Says:

    What minimum wage job would you aim for?

  3. Grace Says:

    Ya know–I gave up the idea of being a librarian when I found out one had to do more than sit around reading all the books. But if THAT job ever came along, I’d jump at it.

  4. nicoleandmaggie Says:

    I’ve often toyed with the idea of being a kept woman. So far no sugar daddies on the horizon. I’d have to get someone who wouldn’t make me work for it though… some of the courtesan stuff sounds like effort.

    I’ve often wondered how Lindsay Lohan et al. can waste their time partying. Don’t they know there’s much more fun stuff to do? There’s books to be read… food to be eaten… videos to be watched… sleep to be had…

  5. Everyday Tips Says:

    For me, I would work at Barnes and Noble. I would probably be fired for reading magazines and drinking hot chocolate in the cafe area though.

  6. frugalscholar Says:

    Mr FS was a shelver in a rare books library in grad school. He got a terrible evaluation and was not rehired b/c he was caught reading the books more than once.

    I don’t think most college teachers could transition to h.s.–too much surveillance.

  7. nicoleandmaggie Says:

    Frugal scholar– That is SO SAD about being fired for being caught reading. Are there no dreams left?

    Yeah, my mom doesn’t think I could handle K-12 either. I have done a lot of volunteer tutoring and taught summer math classes when I was in high school. But my mom doesn’t think I could handle the general environment. Sometimes I wish I’d tried it before going to graduate school, but sometimes I think she’s right. There’s always the future.

    Everydaytips– I sure could go for some hot chocolate right now… I can always go for hot chocolate.

  8. SS4BC Says:

    My back up job if this teaching thing doesn’t work out is to open a doggy daycare. :)


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