Just a general appeal. What substitutes for my employment right now will end on January 31. If anyone has any lines on stuff I can do, I’ll appreciate it. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org/blog.
I’m 55, with a Bachelors Degree that I got by correspondence when I was in the Army, from a college I’ve never actually seen. My degree was in Liberal Arts, but the main subjects fell under “English.”
With the job market being what it is, ever more specialized, an aging generalist like mwamem doesn’t even know what the ads are asking for. This creates a peculiar condition. I can either work, as I have, in odd niches, for decent pay with very little security, or in non-profits — which is becoming more competitive and less inclined to hire middle-aged guys like me… or I can take really boring work for really low pay. I’m not too good for that, but I’d like to avoid it if I can. I’m helping support a couple extra folks right now, one of them being an infant grandson. On my own, I could probably live in a hollow log… but I’m not alone. (-:
I live in Raleigh NC. I hate airplanes and airports, but I can fly if I have to. I am disinclined to leave home, but will for short periods to do speaking gigs and whatnot… which I do occasionally, but right now I’m looking for something that is a wee bit more regular.
Here’s what I can do.
I can write, a lot. Writer’s block has never been my issue. The issue seems to be that people who write things like I write are not particularly sought after by syndicates or periodicals… but I’m willing to be proven wrong, as long as I don’t have to re-locate.
I can research; which is what I’m doing on my current little contract.
I can teach, even though I don’t have the paper creds. I did that lot on the Army, and some since I got out.
I can consult on organizational development — which I did with folks like Iraq Veterans Against the War.
I can do security analysis and training, but that is limited to certain people and projects with whom I can work and still look in the mirror.
I can do political and event organizing, from scratch.
I can consult on issue campaign and organizational mission strategy (and not just the military variety).
I speak Spanish, though I am getting pretty rusty these days; and I speak a functional Haitian Creole.
I have a strong work ethic, but I don’t do well punching clocks. I’ll hit deadlines, but how I get there weaves its way around a lot of other life stuff.
I can generally get along with folks from any background. (I hate wearing a suit, but will do so if it is for some greater good. I also don’t like to shave very often.)
So there it is, in a nutshell. If anyone knows of anything, employment or contractual, give me a holler.