Update on all that work stuff

Well, I can’t actually discuss the details, of course. But I finally have a quiet moment to update, so I figured I would 😉

It really has been an insane spring. First of all, I was proposing two books to publishers. I finished the first draft of one manuscript and sent it off for review in March. But instead of getting to take a breath, I then turned to the proposal for the second book (which is actually a second revised edition of an edited collection I worked on a long time ago.) I sent that proposal off and it came back quickly with suggestions for revision, which I made.

As of earlier this week, I have a contract for the edited collection in hand, and the strong likelihood of a contract for the other book next month. This is all great, but it means, you know, that I actually have to do the stuff. Permissions, pictures, revisions, and those are just the big things; there will be a million details to take care of as well.

On top of this large-scale work, I’ve been organizing some events for my workplace, which requires a lot of picky detail work because nothing is ever easy.

I also got deeply involved in some local activism, which I had to step back from after mid-March but was a huge part of the winter/early spring and has occasionally required time since.

For the last few weeks, I’ve been off-site taking a seminar, too. I didn’t plan to be doing heavy correspondence with publishers while taking it, but here we are…. It’s cool, and good networking, but it’s also a lot of work (reading and conversation, so fun work, but still.)

And then…there’s the question of where my career is going.

I spent most of the year applying for an academic job which I ended up not getting — but really, I applied in October and didn’t find out for sure until the middle of May. That’s crazy. (So is the school I was applying to, long story.) The original fallback plan was a 3-year job in my current location. However, things have changed there, and there’s just not as much work available as they were anticipating. I do have a contract for next year, but I decided that I’d rather officially go to 3/4 time and use the balance for volunteer work and reading than pretend I was actually working full-time.

I was settling into that idea pretty well when, out of the blue, an opportunity came up for another job back in New York. It’s an interesting dilemma. The job itself would be pretty enjoyable, I think, and the money is quite good by my standards. And it’s a permanent job, meaning that I wouldn’t have to spend all year wondering what I was doing next! However, it’s not the type of job I ultimately want to end up in. And I’m concerned that if I were to take it, I would not be able to switch back to the track I’m on now. Anyway, I’m going to interview in July. So I guess my situation for next year is not settled after all. But no matter what, I’ll be employed. That’s good. But wow, I’m really kind of ready to get my career a bit more settled than this.

On the plus side, my financial life is kind of rolling right now. Even though I feel like I’m spending money like a drunken sailor while I’m on this seminar (going out to eat with people constantly, buying gifts/souvenirs) I’m still under budget for the month right now. Investments are looking good and dividends should show up this month (I love dividends so much, you guys.) I have plenty of cash in my combined life/emergency funds. I don’t have any near-term huge goals I need to make. Everything’s just…kind of ok. That’s pretty nice.

13 thoughts on “Update on all that work stuff

  1. ZJ Thorne says:

    It’s so frustrating to not know what is going on in your career, even when you know you will be employed. I hope you find the decision you are most happy with.

    1. thesingledollar says:

      Thanks. It is really frustrating! I’m super ready for this part of my life to be done with!

  2. Kirsten says:

    I’m glad you are going to interview anyway. When my husband was looking for a new job, he reacted to some requests for interviews somewhat irrationally (in my opinion). He’d start trying to figure out if the job was for him. I’m like “how do you know for sure until you interview? All these questions you are asking are perfect for the interview!” Of course, there are just some jobs that you know aren’t a fit from the get-go, so why waste your time on those interviews? But seems like this one in NY is somewhat attractive to you, so… At least you have time to think about it.

    1. thesingledollar says:

      Kirsten! Wow! How nice to see you again! And — on the issue — I also have that problem of rejecting jobs before I get anywhere near them! It’s a classic overthinker problem and I’m trying to chill out about it.

  3. Congrats on all the progress! It’s definitely a good idea to feel out all your options, so going to the interview is a smart choice. You might have to make a tough call, but isn’t it nice to be wanted?

  4. Jason says:

    First, congrats on the book contracts. It seemed like forever for us to find a publisher for our current edited collection (even though my writing partner and I have published five books between us). In terms of your career I don’t think you should worry so much about going to one job and then going to another. I think that if you keep yourself embedded in the field a bit (e.g. adjuncting, publishing research, etc) that you will find it a bit easier. The big thing is finding the ideal place to be. That can be the bigger issue. Good luck!

  5. Suz says:

    I just wanted to drop you a note to say I found your blog about 6 weeks ago and I have binge read from the beginning! As a 30 year old single girl who has recently moved cities in Europe for a new job & who is trying to balance paying off credit card and student debt with enjoying life in a new city, I have really found your blog so relatable and inspiring! Congratulations on all of your success in paying off your debt & best of luck with your career decisions coming up!

    1. thesingledollar says:

      Thank you so much, Suzanne! I really appreciate hearing that you’ve read the blog and liked it — it was a super important outlet to me for a long time!

  6. Thanks for the update! Have been wondering what you’re up to. 🙂 Sorry you still feel so unsettled — with few exceptions, I have heard that from all of my academic friends over the years. It’s crazy what a sacrifice we expect people to make to go into academia, and to be wrestling with career questions in your mid to late 30s that other people often settle in their early 20s. Someone should write a book about that. 😉 Keep us posted on the NYC job!

  7. Congrats on all the book stuff! Those are very exciting updates 🙂 and even though work seems like it’s up in the air, at least you know you’ll be employed, like you said. Sometimes it’s hard to appreciate that, when things aren’t going exactly as we’d planned for/thought they would. Anyway, I’m going to be over here celebrating your book updates! Keep us posted on everything 🙂

  8. Hey! Good to hear from you. You’ve been busy. Good for you for making progress on not one but two books!

    C’mon, I want to hear the dirt about the crazy school. Sounds like it would make a good blog post, heh! 😉 Well, on the bright side, it sounds like you dodged a bullet there.

    The New York job sounds intriguing. Is it an academic job? If not, be careful. Getting back into academia after working in industry is often very difficult. And beware the cost of living if you will be in NYC, as opposed to elsewhere in NY state. Take it from me, high cost of living areas can be murder on a financial plan.

    Hang in there! 🙂

  9. Sounds like you have a lot going on! And a lot of good stuff. That’s a tough call on a stable, good job that isn’t quite your dream job. It seems like these types of decisions are never as clear-cut as we’d like.

  10. Debt Hater says:

    Glad to read an update from you, seems that you have been extremely busy between the books and the volunteer work! Career stuff is always tough especially when you do have an option (the contract for another year). I would say it’s worth it to go to an interview and see what the position is all about, especially if it’s something you would consider. I tend to be the same way with job applications, looking for something that is the “perfect” fit instead of applying and hearing the position out.

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