I've boiled my options down to two paths.
The first hinges on being offered a job with the state. Right now I have no idea what the possibilities of this happening are. I give it 50/50 at the moment.
If this were to happen, it would involve moving to Pierre, state capital of South Dakota. While it's not a big move, it would provide some change of scenery, an advancement on my "career path", and close proximity to my best friend and some various close family members. I would also likely enroll in an online graduate program in "information security" offered by my alma-mater.
The second path entails ridding myself of most of my worldly possessions and teaching English abroad. First step would be to save a few thousand dollars and take an TESL course in Prague to get certified. Cursory investigation has revealed many jobs (mostly in Japan) paying 3-4K (USD) monthly for certified English teachers.
Most contracts are yearly, so I would probably be traveling about southeast Asia, Japan, and China, teaching rich kids how to speak proper American.
This provides the obvious advantage of being able to do a bit of traveling and exploring that I think I would enjoy, along with making some cash while I'm at it. The biggest drawback, I suppose, would be less contact with anyone that I know here in the US (family and friends).
So that's where I'm at now. As it stands, if I'm offered the job I will take it, see how it fits, and probably do that for at least a couple years. If not, I will begin making preparations for the second choice (preparations mostly being the saving of money).
I'll keep you posted.
J left last night for Tennessee. She's driving with three friends to work parking at the Bonaroo music festival. They left at 10 PM last night and are expected to be there at 7 PM tonight for check-in and orientation.
This leaves me with over a week of solitary confinement in the house. Seeing as I have no money to go out and spend, it will most likely be spent cleaning and lounging about in relative tranquility.
Spent last night mostly dinking about installing arch linux on my laptop. It was certainly the most painless Linux install I've ever done. 30 minutes and I was set up with a base installation, my PCMCIA network card configured and working and config files configed :)
I'm afraid that I may be developing some carpel tunnel problems.
For the last couple weeks I've been having episodes where my left wrist locks up and becomes painful to rotate. It feels like the tendons in there are tied up in a knot. Extremely painful, and now I have a lingering pain there.
It's strange because these episodes come on very quickly, remain for no more than 30 minutes, and then vanish just as fast.
Any advice? I know there are some sufferers here. I think I may purchase a wrist brace and start wearing it to bed. Unfortunately, I can't really afford to go to the doctor and have him attempt to diagnose anything at the moment.
Lastly, I need to revamp my resume. What format is recommended for someone recently out of college (2 years) and with only one professional job outside of school?
If an dedicated readers have made it this far, I congratulate them on the tedious task of reading this diary.
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