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    career advice needed

    For about the past 10 years I have worked as an editor. Itís the kind of job that everyone seems to be interested in when Iím at parties or socializing, and itís the kind of job that many people seem to want to have. Truth be told, itís a pretty interesting gig. Iíve worked in newspaper, magazines, and now currently, non-fiction books.

    Lately, I feel like Iíve been in a bit of a rut. Iíve been thinking a lot about switching careers, but I have severe reservations. First of all, like I said an editor is a job a lot of people seem to want to have, and a large part of me feels fortunate to be working full time as an editor (Iíve never had to go the freelance route). Second, Iím not sure what other occupations I can apply the skills I have learned as an editor to, the biggest of which are being an extremely picky prefectionist and meeting tight deadlines.

    Iíve thought about finding a new job within the publishing industry, in a different medium or different subject area, but that may not be as easy as it sounds. Like I said, there are lots of people vying for editor jobs. Everyone who can run spellcheck thinks theyíre an editor (thereís far more to being an editor then spelling and grammar). Perhaps I need to network more.

    So thatís how I got to thinking about another career, and thatís when I drew a blank. Going back to school is out of the question. So is relocating, unless the price is right, but editing isnít traditionally the highest paid occupation, so thatís highly unlikely.

    Help me, BendisBoarders. What should I do?
    Last edited by maverick-99; 09-30-2008 at 03:48 PM. Reason: because i'm an editor and i can't leave it alone

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    Re: career advice needed

    In this economy my advice is that if your current job pays the bills with steady work and you find it even the least bit stimulating you should keep it.

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    Private Investigator.


    Or a Goods Relocation Specialist, sometimes known as a Courtesy Clerk.
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    You got to hold on, to what you got.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodnunley View Post
    In this economy my advice is that if your current job pays the bills with steady work and you find it even the least bit stimulating you should keep it.
    You're absolutely right, nevermind! I should be thanking my lucky stars I have a job at all! I'm bringing in donuts for everyone where I work tomorrow morning.

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    On the flip side I am a true believer that no matter what you do if you hate it you should do everything in your power to get out as fast as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maverick-99 View Post
    You're absolutely right, nevermind! I should be thanking my lucky stars I have a job at all! I'm bringing in donuts for everyone where I work tomorrow morning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maverick-99 View Post
    Second, Iím not sure what other occupations I can apply the skills I have learned as an editor to, the biggest of which are being an extremely picky prefectionist and meeting tight deadlines.
    Different skills, but you just described programming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WillieLee View Post
    You got to hold on, to what you got.
    It doesn't make a difference if he makes it or not.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rodnunley View Post
    On the flip side I am a true believer that no matter what you do if you hate it you should do everything in your power to get out as fast as possible.
    You couldn't be more right. After I graduated college, I was a consultant and wasn't programming like I wanted. I traveled and trained people for over a year and it was interesting enough. After that project, I got stuck doing QA and I fucking despised it. Since I was having so much trouble getting my foot in development, I started going back to school to be a fucking fireman but ended up liking the medical aspect more and was going to be a nurse or some shit. I got lucky and got a different job (programming) right before I committed to that fully.
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