So, today I complained to my mother about how I’m bored and need a new hobby. I like hobbies. They are little things that I can do every-so-often that are creatively stimulating or challenging in some way as to keep my brain occupied for a bit. Like art journaling or photography or that one time I taught myself how to crochet. I like discovering new things that I end up enjoy doing and almost always they are creative things.
Anyway, I may have mentioned that I should go back to school because I like being in a classroom setting and miss my brain being stimulated with some sort of intellectual content. I rambled on about not wanting to do continuing education and that I should try auditing a class or two. My mother indulged this idea long enough to tear it down by saying I should find myself a job.
Now, I have a job. Granted, it’s one of those call-when-we-need-you jobs, but it’s a job. I normally work five hours a week for $15 an hour. Sometimes I work ten hours a week, but it all depends on when I’m needed and how much work there is for me. (I’m an administrative assistant to an attorney who just started her own practice.) But, my mother merely suggested that I get another part-time job, which will then give me something to do. So, of course, I indulged the idea for a little bit and went on Indeed to see if I find anything remotely to my liking. (Mind you, Admin Assist. is not my idea of a job. I probably would have never taken it if it were full time and if it wasn’t my mother’s friend that I was helping out.)
Turns out, there are a few jobs that I’m qualified for, yet even fewer that I’m actually interested in doing. The majority of the jobs though I would either never do or I’m not qualified to do them. The funny thing out of all the jobs I seem to find is that that ones that I would literally do in a heartbeat are the ones that are labeled internships. And most of these internships are unpaid.
I don’t know what it is about internships that appeal to me. A lot of them are at really cool places, most of them don’t require much experience and all of them (the creative ones at least) seem really fun. Like, I found a listing for an internship writing for a creative travel magazine that doesn’t simply write about places, but chronicles places to see and trips to take in a more personal this-is-what-people-actually-want-to hear sort of way. Just from the little job blurb and looking at their website, I felt like that was something that I was willing to do. But then the whole unpaid part came up and I became discouraged. My mother suggested I apply for it anyway because it does give me a travel stipend (a MetroCard) and tons of experience to add to my tool belt to help me get another job sometime in the distant future, unless of course my music career takes off. I just love my mother’s insight.
I thought about it and I just might apply for that magazine internship, along with that job working as a copywriter for Tumblr, even though they ask for 3-5 years experience, whereas I have none. But really, how hard is it to write copy for Tumblr?
As, it is September and with that comes the copious amount of job ads from parents looking for tutors for their kids who are going back to school. I suppose teaching kids how to write a paper or helping them out with their algebra isn’t completely off the table either.
I don’t know. But, I’ll figure it out.