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anothermigrant
November 29th, 2008, 10:46 AM
I'm 28 and I have a PhD in English, as well as an MA and BA. I've lived in Europe for the past 8 years, and I have 7 years of teaching experience. I want to move to NYC and into the private sector, but I'm not sure of my chances. Are employers in NYC impressed by higher degrees? I've already sent my resume to a few companies advertising for an executive assistant or office manager, but haven't heard back from anyone. Could this be because I'm not in NYC yet?

Also, how bad is the job market right now?

Ninjahedge
December 2nd, 2008, 01:36 PM
The market is not dismal, but it is not good either.

Ironically, you stand a better chance applying as a teacher than a private sector employee.

I would STRONGLY reccommend looking into that, even more so if you have any experience in math or science (which does not seem to be the case, but still, I don't know you....).

If you do not find anything in the city proper, they are looking in the suburbs for teachers as well.

GL!

Schadenfrau
December 2nd, 2008, 09:03 PM
I'll second Ninjahedge's suggestion that you apply as a teacher- at least initially. You'll certainly find work, and once you get settled, then you can start to think about changing careers.

anothermigrant
December 3rd, 2008, 05:19 AM
Thanks to both of you. I've actually applied for a teaching position and I've got an interview in January. Hopefully, I'll be moving to your great city soon enough!

Ninjahedge
December 3rd, 2008, 08:58 AM
One word of warning, if you have never taught in a US grade school.

Contrary to popular opinion, it is a lot of work. I am not trying to dissuade you, but just do not go in thinking it will be a piece of cake and you will have all the time in the world to do whatever else you want.

I do not know how it is where you are, but to be forewarned is to have four arms........;)