Career Ideas for Those Stuck in the Academic Wasteland
This WAS my list of My Career Ideas:
Professor at FancyPants Institute
Professor at Community College.
3. Lord High Chancellor Czar of the Northern Hemisphere
Thankfully, this list has recently changed as I had a mini epiphany the other day. (Thank you, T.S. Eliot.)
I’d been searching the far reaches of my tiny brain, searching for another ‘career’ option that I could apply to selloutyoursoul.com‘s ebook ‘how to get a fucking awesome job that you love and grow beautiful luxurious hair’ and kept coming up short. He does provide the disclaimer that he can’t tell you what job would suit you best, which, of course, I found supremely disappointing because I just want to be told what to do, like that personality-less drone in that Fifty Shades of Gray book. (cue loads of disappointed women finding my blog. haay ladies!)
(James does provide an interesting list of off the beaten track jobs as a starting point and I did google them in order of biggest average salary..but I got bored reading the descriptions. Increasing salary seemed to correlate with my personal distaste for particular tasks.)
Anyways. I had been taking some time ‘away’ from the ebook to sort out my
brain (also some time away from my thesis to nurse my ego, much needed) when I had an idea, hallelujah! I hadn’t realized it, but I have kinda been working on an ‘alternate’ career for awhile. Over the course of the last few years, I’ve edited documents and written stuff for family, friends, and friends of friends. Always for free, of course. (Why, I have no idea. I would not work as a cook for free or dance for money for no money.) I guess I never thought to charge people cause I liked doing it and it never took too long. Crazy, right? But after my most recent foray into ‘business writing’ or whatever the hell you call it, I decided that I would like to do this Fo Real. Like with sweet business cards on beautiful thick paper.
So the first thing I did was google ‘business writing’, as you do, and found some really poorly designed websites that looked like 1990s aol jobbies, or the more recent variety usually run by elderly conspiracy theorists. Ya know, grey background, a lot of cramped writing in a tiny font, no aesthetic appeal whatsoever? One even had a full length photo of a woman in full shoulder padded regalia.. I will not link here because she may very well be a nice person and a good writer. But the site looked fucking terrible. If I had a business and needed written material, I would NOT trust someone who can’t put together (or pay someone else to put together) a professional and visually pleasing website. If their own advertising is so chaotic and unappealing, what kind of stuff can they generate for other people?
I will do some more research into the whole thing.. but I do wonder if (and how much) people are willing to pay for good writing, for someone to help them portray their business/product/whatevs in the best possible way, for whatever demographic they want to reach. I feel like a lot of people don’t give a flaming shite about good writing or its power to reach people. I hope this is wrong on my part, but I guess I’ll have to find out soon.
So I have an idea.. it ain’t much, but it’s a start.