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My boss tells me that there's no chance of me telecommuting. This means I will be looking to get the heck out of this job as soon as I can.

I need to find a place that is either much closer or will let me telecommute. That's what I've realized this weekend. I can't quit school, that's just not the right idea at this point. What I need is a job that will pay me at least as much as this one, but will be less of a burden on me. I need something I can do from home that isn't complete BS. (Most of the ads I've seen are for some sort of telemarketing position or some other scam).

Anyone have any ideas?


Also, does anyone know where I can get earphone -- not ear-bud -- covers? The styrofoam has completely worn off of mine, but the headphones/earphones themselves work perfectly fine. I don't want to buy a completely new pair just for the sake of the little styrofoam covers.

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lyssabard
Oct. 2nd, 2006 09:30 pm (UTC)
Ok at your skill level (ie not in a big gov. or corporate/consulting environment that allows for this) you are not going to find a work at home job for full time hours. That said, I think there are some ways you can approach making this burden easier on you:

1. Work part time hours/weekends if you can afford it. Does it cut into personal time? Yes, but if you can afford part time, you can balance that out with the full time school load.

2. Enroll directly into a non community college (UMD) and begin as a full time student there--which might get you insurance--and options for student loans and federal workstudy to support yourself, in addition to maybe then being able to pick up a part time job. Does this give you some debt? Yes. But, as was told to me, if you are smart about it, it is "good" debt that you will pay off with a job after school--ie, planning and borrowing against your future. IMHO, the education is never wasted.
This, to me, seems the best option.

3. Try to find an evening shift helpdesk position at a more local call center type operation. Ofthen, these hours are slower and more low stress--you may even be able to do homework there. (Ask hasufin abt this--he did it in his old job, heh.) This will give you pay and may help you shift the hours. You will, however, have to still section yoru time to sleep in the day hours.

It's not easy to do school and a full time job, with a commute, I know. It may work out best for you to do the loan option--at least you can stay on campus if you want?



lyssabard
Oct. 2nd, 2006 09:33 pm (UTC)
Oh duh---shift your school schedule to take night classes to work towards a degree. It's the piece of paper that's going to help you get the better job in the long run. So...get through. :) That said, I dig that you are going for the education you want, for yourself--and that is asmirable and as it should be, not work to just get a job. Again...night classes may be the way to go here, at least until you can get into UMD and maybe do school full time with loans/federal aid.

Else, barring a rich relative dying, I don't know, love. *HUG*

Best I can think of.
aekiy
Oct. 2nd, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
:hug: Ya.. sadly I've explored all those options. In the end, the best option is what I already have -- except that I know I can get more pay, and I don't have benefits right now. If I could somehow find a parallel of this job where I could get good benefits, the pay was even slightly better, and they were actually respectful of the law and may even somewhat their employees. mya..
aloyen
Oct. 2nd, 2006 10:08 pm (UTC)
I just applied to work as one of the ChaCha guides in my spare time.

I'll let you know how that goes.
aekiy
Oct. 3rd, 2006 12:11 am (UTC)
ChaCha guides?
aloyen
Oct. 3rd, 2006 03:27 am (UTC)
www.chacha.com
rhiannasilel
Oct. 3rd, 2006 12:42 am (UTC)
Since telecommuting doesn't seem likely and, you're right, they are mostly just scams anyway, have you thought about trying to take the bulk of your classes online? It wouldn't be telecommuting, but it would free up some of your time.
aekiy
Oct. 3rd, 2006 12:44 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, I can't.. MC doesn't offer many courses online. Although I may just check into what they have and see what I want to take to sort of give myself a break for next semester or something.
rhiannasilel
Oct. 3rd, 2006 12:49 am (UTC)
That's really surprising because AACC has tons of them, but it could just be the particular courses that I've been looking at. It's a lot easier to find comp sci classes that are online.
aekiy
Oct. 3rd, 2006 12:51 am (UTC)
Ya.. being basically an art major (art history and archaeology) makes it harder to take online courses, but MC does have surprisingly few "distance learning" courses from what I've seen..
sixteenbynine
Oct. 3rd, 2006 03:53 am (UTC)
Would that I lived anywhere nearby. But for now, I can offer my best wishes.
aekiy
Oct. 3rd, 2006 04:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Y'know, I should see what I can do about getting into some sort of writing field perhaps.. actually, there's a potential opportunity for that at my college, if I find the time for it. (It probably doesn't pay much, if at all, but would be good for practice and for resume).
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