The more I carouse job listings — which isn’t the most uplifting endeavor these days — the more I’m forced to be open-minded about potential career paths. With a B.A. in English, you don’t exactly get employers beating down your door to offer you a hefty salary with cushy benefits package. My degree essentially makes me a chameleon: No matter what job I apply for, I’ll never quite fit the requirements, but I may get the job by proving my ability to adapt.
As it turns out, plenty of Americans struggle with the native language. So showing a proficiency in English and the communication thereof is actually a quality trade. That said, I’m now looking at lobbyist or communications-based jobs in the nonprofit sector, specifically in the environmental awareness arena. The creation of green jobs was a big part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Hypothetically, their should be some job openings out there. Right?
So, how do I sell myself? I’m by no means an environmentalist. I devour animals, don’t really recycle and I demand plastic at the grocery store every time I go. I’m the layperson. I’m 20th century Man. But I realize the impetus is upon us and we (a.k.a. mankind) need to change our ways. Who better to advocate environmental awareness than me, the common man?