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The Wrong Way

Lately I’ve been cooped up in the house and just super frustrated with everything. Job hunting, bills, grad school, and the unknown. My mom always tells me to be patient and that what I’m meant to do will come. I wish it would come already! I worked a lot the first 1 1/2 years after graduation to pay off my loans and build up savings. I quit my last job to complete a fellowship program that I felt would get my foot in the door working for an organization serving veterans. That has yet to happen. Today marks a month since I graduated and still no job offers. My savings is slowly going down because even though I’m not working, I’m still paying bills. Not to mention throwing grad school in the mix just gives me a headache. When I graduated from UCI I was hell bent to move back out there or to LA after a year or two. It’s been 2 1/2 and I’m still at home! I hate that I ended up back home. Don’t get me wrong…I love home. It’s just by now I figured I would be able to stand on my own two feet and be an independent adult. That has also yet to happen. I applied to more jobs today and just felt the wave of frustration taking over me. I was so frustrated that I cleaned my bookcase, dresser, drawers, cookbook collection, headboard, and vacuumed my room. THAT’S saying something considering the fact that I absolutely HATE cleaning.

I feel like when my path became a fork, I completely fell off the path. I’m going the wrong way and somehow I can’t seem to find a way back. In 2014, I volunteered for 7 months at the VA, worked for 5 1/2 months, and went to school for 3 months. 5 1/2 months is not adequate savings for the year. I pretty much spent all of it paying bills. I still want to run my project but I notice I’m usually sending out cards or emails of encouragement (not that there’s anything with either). I just want to do more. I keep telling my best friend I should just move to Nebraska. Maybe I could get a job over there. Life seems so much slower over there anyway. I could use the change of scenery. Yes, this is a rant post. If you’ve made it this far, thank you for reading! 🙂

In other news, because I cleaned my bookcase and got rid of all my kiddy books (Dr Suess anyone?) I treated myself to a bunch of Nicholas Spark books. I know, I know drama love stories. I think those are actually my favorite stories. I’m weird like that. I purchased Dear John, A Walk To Remember, Safe Haven, The Best of Me, The Lucky One, and The Longest Ride. Amazon Prime and free two day shipping. I’m really excited to read them all. It’ll give me a sense of peace after all the thinking about life, money, and jobs.

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

what to do with a psych degree?

When I first graduated with a psychology degree I was thinking I’d never get a decent paying job unless I went to grad school and got a masters degree. Technically, it depends on what your perspective of “decent pay” is. Last week I was chit chatting with a friend of mine who happens to be a military wife. She lives in San Clemente..by the beach. I’m sending her as much nasty glares as possible because I miss living in Irvine. She was asking me about my degree since she recently graduated and was looking for employment. I told her I’d write it all in a post so she could read it because it was way too much talking on the phone. No I’m not rude. I just happen to hate talking on the phone. First of all, it depends on what type of psychology degree you have. I know, what the heck does that mean? Well UCI has two types of psych degrees. You could either enter the School of Social Ecology and earn a BA in Psychology and Social Behavior (like I did) or you could enter the School of Social Sciences and earn a BA in Psychology. What’s the difference? If you can’t tell from the name, the first one is primarily based on social behavior. It also depends on what you want to do. A psych degree is very general so the field of employment is very broad. You could work as a teachers assistant, a paraprofessional, case manager, behavioral interventionist, youth leader, insurance agent, car salesperson, marketing assistant, and etc. The first few make sense but a car salesperson? A lot of people don’t know that companies like Enterprise hire individuals with psych degrees or communication degrees. Psychology is based on communicating and all that yada yada so don’t focus on one type of job while browsing.

Okay here’s the breakdown of places that hire individuals with psych degrees as far as I know of.
Teacher Assistants/Instructional Aides/Paraprofessionals (the fancy term): School districts (usually requires 2 or years of experience), Olive Crest, and McKinley Children’s Center

Case Managers: Ability First and 5 Acres

Behavioral Interventionist: Easter Seals and Sage Behavioral Services

Insurance Agent: Aflac and Farmer’s Insurance

Car Salesperson: Enterprise

I hope that helps Ren! 🙂 I think a lot of the more popular companies like Farmer’s Insurance will be easier to locate for military spouses because they’re always on the move. Easter Seals is an excellent company to work with if you’re a military spouse because they have a program for veterans. It’s right up your alley 🙂 They pay fairly well too. Starting wage for a BI is $16-18. If anyone knows of anymore places/companies than let me know! I’ll be sure to pass it along.

Fail Sweetly,
Justina