|Out of province?
||[Apr. 7th, 2012|02:47 am]
So the school year draws to a close, and I'm thinking pretty hard about my future.|
Wait... I'm not in school anymore! What does this mean? As much trouble as I've had finding full time work as a social worker in Nova Scotia is only compounded by another year of graduates (over 60) competing for the same jobs. While I have some relevant work during this period, it's casual and transferable skills are a bit of a reach.
Options? Most of them are out of province.
More school. By the end of April I will hear back from University of Western Ontario (in London) whether I have been accepted into the Masters of Social Work program. It would run September to August, would land me in student loans (which I've managed to avoid for two degrees, but it looks like that will be it). Also, an MSW doesn't guaruntee me a job. Also, not having worked the field much, I'll have no idea if I'll like it till I get there.
Job in Alberta. A fellow BSW graduate is living in a small town in Alberta (population <5000). I have trouble even in Halifax with being social. Granted some of that is me not getting out there enough, but... with a town of 4500, everyone will be connected in some way to my clients. This poses conflict of interest problems for everything: drinking, dating, doing my job when not on the clock. To top it all off, starting salary is around $32K. Which is more than I'm making, but not nearly what I expected from being out there.
Potential jobs in Newfoundland / Labrador. Entry level jobs at $45-60K. Isolation yes, ridiculous winter very yes, but lots of health care support. It's a lot closer than Alberta, but I have no connections there.
Always jobs in Nunavut. Supposed starting salary is $80K. Definite jobs, definite pay, definitely isolated, and I anticipate the towns are not much bigger than the one in Alberta. While I might be able to tolerate the severe cold, I don't know how I'd fare with that much light / darkness all at once.
Work in the Motherland redux. There's always piggybacking on my parents connections in Korea. While it would make me some money, it wouldn't likely be related to my education. Also, it wouldn't be very applicable to work here in Canada when I came back. Delaying my career / life to put me in very likely the same position I'm in now. Also, I don't particularly want to teach English again, and I picked up some bad habits there (drinking / gambling) that I probably shouldn't revisit.