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What to do now?

Azkatraz report coming soon, still working on it. In short, it was totally awesome and unforgetable.

The closer my store comes to closing, the more I'm hearing about last minute changes. Not only is it not appropriate for a big company like JoAnn's, but it's totally unprofessional. I'm certainly not willing to stress out over new management and complete bullshit at this new store when they've cheated the women that have been working there for 10+ years out of a job at the new store.

Needless to say, I'm looking for a new job. Finally I'm hopefully going for a graphic design job, but I fear it's far too late for me. It's been 3 years since I've really worked with photoshop, I can't even remember if I've used InDesign, and Illustrator is a bit fuzzy, too. I'm going to have to go back to school to remind myself, but truth be told I don't think I took full advantage of my classes to begin with. I was always the stupid kid in the back row that just did something to get it done.

Maybe that's what I have to do, go back to school. But without a job come October, that's next to impossible. I really can't afford it without a job, but I can't do retail any more. How do you go from a lifelong resume of retail to something like graphic design? Hell, at this point I'll take anything that involves a computer and more than minimum wage. I don't even know where to begin. I tried the Career Center at DePaul about 2 years ago and that didn't help one bit. It gave me more questions than answers. I'm trying online job market searches, which is really the only way I can think to find anything to do with computers.

Advice is greatly appreciated.


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Jul. 26th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
I haven't tried it personally, but I know someone who's on the board and she's a very cool person. It's the Community Career Center in Naperville:

Jul. 26th, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
You could try the temp route ... to get a taste of different types of work ... or start practicing and doing graphics on the side, or go the school loan route and return to school, living off that money while you study, many do this. Whatever you choose, best of luck!
Jul. 26th, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
I wish I had better advice, but I can kind of repost your scenario with the modification of "How do I get a Wardrobe/Costuming job that PAYS after 10 years of working as an Admin?" *sigh* I'm sorry work is screwing you (and other people) over...it's so not cool. The key, as far as I can tell, is getting a foot in a door. My hubby went back to school, which did involve loans, but because of that, one of his teachers has now recommended him for a job in the field he actually wants to be in. So it takes time, but can be worth it!
Jul. 26th, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
you may have to do... brace yourself.. student loans dun dun dun!! come to columbia dude. go part time. have fun. i dont think you ever really had fun at depaul. join me!
Jul. 28th, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)
I haven't even started my Azkatraz report yet either.

I'm sorry to hear about your job. It's a shame you can't make a living sewing costumes.Hopefully you'll find a better job that you enjoy.

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