I have given up at this point of finding an actual fulltime job in my field, which is instructional design. There are other titles for this job, such as e-learning, training, and many more. Basically to get into this field you need to have many computer skills that apparently aren’t that common. I know Flash, Dreamweaver, PhotoShop, Flash, Captivate and of course Microsoft Office. If I don’t know a skill I learn it. The good thing about this is that this job pays around $25 an hour, but the bad part is most companies don’t hire fulltime for this job anymore and the few positions are highly competitive. I know, I am often contacted for these jobs, and once I got to a third interview then nothing. The majority of the jobs I see though are freelance, often lasting a few months if that. Basically they bring in someone to design training programs (which are increasingly going online, and through platforms like social media, iPods, YouTube and websites, to name a few)and then the job is done. Only the big companies keep someone permanently. Some keep on people also to teach people various programs but once again only the biggest companies.
The thing is though I wouldn’t mind freelance if it paid enough for me to survive and buy insurance. However freelance can be hard to get and I might get a few jobs here and there but not enough to survive. I don’t see it getting better, I see it getting worse because this is a field that can be done almost entirely at home. Why would any employer hire me for $55,000+ when they can hire me for $25 an hour? I didn’t start in this field, I fell into it after struggling to find jobs in public relations/marketing, broadcasting, journalism and film. I never even had a desire to do this job, but finding a job in pr or radio at this point would be far worse.
I am definitely screwed and no idea how to get out of this. I want to go back to school for another field but can’t afford it, and besides what would I study? Many jobs are going freelance or part time, including nursing and other medical jobs. I wanted to teach but I know long time unemployed teachers. I considered going into speech therapy but I’d have to go to school for 4 years and once again this is another field going freelance. I know several who got into aerobics and pet trainers but, yep you guessed it freelance.