Lots of questions and uncertainty. A coworker and friend has already gone on an interview in another state for a job. I am ambivalent about what to me seems like it might be a little too proactive, since we don't know anything about our jobs yet. However, if you had the means and chutzpah to pick up and move to a job that you wanted, was pretty secure, and paid well, would it make sense to do it?
Unless things got really bad, I'm not looking to pull up stakes and relocate anywhere if I lose my job. But here's the thing. I've been taking stock of my skills and it's going to be difficult to get another job like mine. It's not like I don't have any skills, but I don't think they are all that marketable right now, and employers may not be willing to pay for the fact that I have a Ph.D., when most of what I do can be done by
So I've been thinking about the Plan. The Plan B, in case I lose my job and I don't get either of the teaching jobs I applied for, and don't want to languish on unemployment while I get less and less employable. It calms me a lot to think about what I would do, as it's still just me, and the marrying rich thing hasn't panned out (yet!).
I'm still interested in education, with the overall big-picture goal of promoting scientific literacy as a way to make rational decisions in people's daily lives. I'm not able to make it financially as a high school teacher, and the full college professor thing would consume my life and force me to relocate, and the community college thing is promising, but may or may not pan out either, and doesn't pay all that great. What to do? Learn how to help students learn better and teachers teach better. There is a certificate program that is all online from the University of Colorado in Denver that is called "Designing e-Learning Environments". It takes a year, and is 15 graduate credits (which I would have to of course pay for), after which I'd have the certificate and could try to get a job off of that. The certificate also represents the first year of a two year MA program in "eLearning Design and Implementation", so there's some flexibility.
In my perfect world, I'd get renewed for another year at work, take a 25% pay cut, which would be tight, but I could still live off of, and take a year to get this certificate, which would give me a portfolio that I could show to prospective employers. I could potentially work from home after that, which would rock, and I'd have good skills that were marketable to a variety of jobs.
This is all still inside my head and on this page, but doing so helps me feel like a Plan is in the works.