a slight existential crisis never hurt nobody.
The job search, which is notoriously stressful, is apparently even more nerve wracking when you’re not exactly sure what it is that you do.
I am currently an entertainment editor/writer/social media manager for a newspaper. I’m also apparently the web master, brand manager and editorial assistant to the managing editor.
Prior to this I was a victim advocate, which included providing personal emotional support to victims of sexual assault as well as court accompaniment, medical advocacy and criminal process advocacy. Plus I helped write the organizations newsletter and led support groups/work shops for teen girls who had experienced sexual violence.
Before that I managed a tea lounge. I made coffee and created hand blended teas for local businesses. I did business to business sales and organized open mic nights and art openings. I wrote a tea blog.
I wrote knitting patterns. I sold yarn. I worked in an office and did a lot of senseless filing and data entry. I managed some coffee shops. I worked at a radio station. I worked at a temp agency conducting interviews and placing people in jobs. I’ve freelanced as an entertainment writer and as a craft columnist.
I was a nanny for a while in the early 2000’s.
So when people ask “what do you do?” I honestly have no idea how to answer. I do a lot of things. With varying degrees of success.
I have newsroom/editorial experience but I still don’t know how to fix a comma splice. (I can recognize one, I just don’t know how to make it go away. Other than to completely re-write the paragraph.)
I have advocacy experience but I don’t know about the laws in Nevada, just Alaska. I can learn, but that doesn’t make me competitive right now.
I know how to write a tweet and a Facebook status update and I’m pretty good at pimping out things I like, but how does that translate into a job without an accompanying degree in marketing?
I know that I am a writer. That is a vocation. I don’t know what I’m going to do for money though. I think I need to spend some time narrowing down what exactly my career path is. You guys tell me, what is it that I DO?