The Job Search, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and…Just Kidding, I’m Worried

It’s official: I have completed my M.S. in atmospheric science. Now, as a bona fide degree-carrying scientist, I should have my laboratory of beakers and tornado simulators set up, right? I wish. The job market is rough for everyone right now, and I know I’ve made more than a few people nervous about the economy by telling them that I’ve applied for 200-300 positions with little response.

I’m trying to remain realistic, of course. Now that I’ve moved to the D.C. area to be with my groom, I’m geographically limiting myself to a region not know for its extensive tornado research. Also, let’s be honest, I left the PhD program at Purdue because I’m not sure my heart is in research right now.

So what am I doing? As I wade through the classifieds of Craigslist, USAJobs, and various job search engines every day, I seem to hone in on certain career categories. College and grad school really pulled me away from the joys of leisurely reading and writing; if I had time to read and write for fun, why wasn’t I doing my research?

I’d like to describe my ideal job posting:

Science Writer Wanted
– Experienced writer wanted to facilitate communication between [Sciencey Company] and the general public. Responsibilities will include promotion of [SCIENCE] through social media, weekly blog posts, as well as drafting of official correspondence and press releases. Occasional international travel required. Telecommute potential.

Alternately, I’d be willing to try the freelance route of providing [SCIENCE] articles to various media outlets if I could be assured those opportunities wouldn’t dry up. We are trying to save up for a honeymoon and a house, here. Also, I do need some level of routine for my sanity.

In the meantime, I want to keep my mental muscles flexed by using this blog more regularly. You can consider this my primary website now, as the After the Chase blog is no longer relevant (and has been collecting cobwebs for some time now anyway).