I hope I have previously mentioned the question of what people normally do when they exit high school or earn their Bachelor’s degree. I asked this of M recently and she said, “they just get a job.” So as I’m dealing with school pressures in my ******* Master’s program, it would be good to keep in mind that I can, just, “get a job,” like the vast majority of people.
I’ve actually thought of at least one position — no, actually, three — which I can enter with the amount of education I have at present. One is becoming a Clerk for an art supply store; the other two are becoming an Admin Assistant and becoming a Library Assistant. The first two are more appealing than the last one, though that may be because I have a relatively clear idea of what LAs go through in a Public Library system. Being an LA in an academic library, though, might not be quite as interpersonally difficult. The problem in both these cases is that LAs cannot move up without a Master’s.
I could also try for an internship in a Publishing house, though I’m not entirely certain where my strengths lie, when it comes to that field. Although my Creative Writing degree did prep me for work in Publishing, I got that degree 12 years ago and stopped writing fiction shortly after.
I could work for a bead store, though those are getting few and far between; or a craft or fabric store. Or a ceramics supply outlet, or a jewelry supply store. I could try working for an online outlet…though that is more of a vision for after I get out of the LIS program.
I also don’t think I’d mind taking care of inventory or being a stock clerk (I’m not sure this is the right title) for a place like Costco. And, lingering from before, is the idea of working at a produce market. Museum work is also something I’d be interested in, though I’m not sure what kind of job I can get there without a Master’s or a Bachelor’s in Art History. I can, however, also intern there, and try and figure things out that way.
The reason I’m even thinking about this is because of my ******* Cataloging class, which may end up trashing my GPA (but Voc Rehab doesn’t want me to drop classes that they helped pay for). The prof (this time!) didn’t send out an email alert that we were assigned a new module at the same time as we were working on the last test, so now I’m a week behind — even though Spring Break just ended. (And I just want to say that I’m really, really irritated by this professor, and I have no idea why my school hires some of these people, except for name recognition [which obviously enough means jack when it comes to whether people can actually teach].) I also have two assignments due by Sunday night, which I haven’t started on yet. Intimidation.
On top of this, I just got back from vacation. I’m not sure if anyone noticed the reduced posting frequency, but that happened for what I feel are relatively obvious reasons (although I thought of logging my trip daily and then just delaying the posts’ release, it’s something I didn’t do). I still haven’t quite gotten back in sync with regular life, yet, either. Today was a trip to the produce market (to replace the old produce in the refrigerator), which would have been very nice…except for the fact that I was unable to find several things there which I know have been there before, including wakame, a type of seaweed. My family apparently threw out my stock because it was so old; although I’m not sure dried seaweed ever really goes bad. However, I’m pretty sure that at least some of that stuff was from around the Fukushima Daiichi era, as I remember being concerned about radioactivity.
Cue trying a Japanese food market, and the vast majority of the seaweeds I saw there had CA Prop 65 Warnings on them. This means that there are carcinogens which the seaweeds have taken up from the water: the two I read which were specific noted, “lead and lead compounds,” and, “arsenic.” Because I’m in California, companies are supposed to disclose whether there are known carcinogens in food items…something that I don’t think is true of Hawaii, which is where I have been for a while (eating this stuff, to be clear).
The reason why seaweeds are supposed to be good for one is that they pick up trace minerals from the water (along with iodine); but in polluted water, they also bioaccumulate (toxic) heavy metals (and potentially, radioactive iodine — though I saw no hint as to this, today; I’m not sure if there are people with Geiger Counters scanning things as they’re imported).
As much as I like seaweeds, this was enough to scare me away from the onigiri/musubi (rice balls) and the norimaki (sushi), for lunch today. I’m told that there should be locally sourced dried seaweed at the produce market, but it would not be with the Asian foods. It’s something it looks like I’ll have to keep an eye out for, if I want to eat seaweed again. I do wish I had the language skills to be able to determine the country or region of origin of some of these things…
So anyway, it’s probably apparent that I’m irritated at the Master’s program, pollution, Voc Rehab, and…not so apparent…that I am really kind of saddened by the urban growth and urban decay of Honolulu. It’s like we find someplace nice on the planet and then ruin it by going to live there. But then…we aren’t the first to abuse natural resources. I was reminded of this by viewing the feather cloaks at the Bishop Museum…a topic so deep, and on which my knowledge is so partial, I’m not sure I want to get into it now.
I also want new job experience, but feel locked into my position at work.
I want to learn nihongo (Japanese language), I want to relearn how to throw and finish ceramics…have access to good fresh produce (which is scary in Hawaii from concern about parasites), and have access to good health care (including mental health care). I have two of the four of those things. While I can move on from my job, it’s beneficial when it comes to the goal of becoming a Librarian, to work in a library while going to Library School.
Thing is…I’m there for the money, benefits, and safety. And community. If I could find that elsewhere…
…well, maybe I’m unlikely to find all of that at once…but I feel myself to be a craftsperson, most naturally. Problem is, it would seem that in the U.S., that is not a stable way to survive…
…although I did just remember something else I’ve wanted to do, which is work in Web Design — or at least use that as a starting point, and work upwards from there…