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Camille Styles

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4 Non-Glamorous Jobs That Can Launch Your Career

February 22nd, 2018

When that dream career doesn’t just fall into your lap, sometimes you need a dramatic change of pace—and perspective.

Many of us have reached a moment that feels like rock-bottom when we’re jobless, broke, and not sure where to go next. It usually goes hand-in-hand with the term “post grad”—but that’s certainly not a requisite—and it’s accompanied by indescribable frustration. You feel like you’ve clicked through every job listing, haven’t heard back about an interview in weeks, and despairing, you wail: “I think I might actually wind up washing dishes.”

Pause.

Why do we consider working in a kitchen the worst possible scenario? Because it doesn’t make use of our higher education? Most of us won’t find a career in the same field as our majors. Because it doesn’t pay well? Many of us will take jobs that we find fulfilling but pay terribly with no regrets.

Or maybe it’s just the image of disgusting half-chewed food and grease caked to dinner plates. If that’s the issue, we’ve got no real retort except maybe: what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.
Here’s what we’re getting at:

Sometimes the job you want is nowhere to be found. During periods of drought—when your field looks more like a post-apocalyptic wasteland than a land of opportunity—don’t beat yourself up. Instead, consider some less glamorous options to tide you over. They might actually (dare we say it?) help you find exactly where you need to be.

Why do we consider working in a kitchen the worst possible scenario? Because it doesn’t make use of our higher education? Less than 27% of us will find a career in the same field as our majors.

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3 Comments
  1. Annie says:

    love this piece!

  2. Janet Fazio says:

    I have many friends that have made an impressive life for themselves doing “less than desirable” jobs. I wouldn’t knock it at all.

  3. Lauren says:

    A quick tidbit from a former J.Crew manager – it’s not required that you exclusively wear J.Crew clothes while working, only that you are styled within the dress code, and not wearing clothes from other retailers with prominent logos. Obviously I don’t speak for the company, just an FYI in case anyone would consider it a non-option!

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