False Start

Today I was supposed to have my first class of the new semester at 10am. I arrived five minutes early – no one there. Room was locked.

I waited five minutes, frantically checking my iPhone to make sure I had the right room. One other dude shows up. He’s a History MA, so the course must be cross-listed. He checks his phone, and the History MAs have posted to their Facebook group that the class doesn’t start until next week. At this point I’m thinking I’m the only Publishing MA registered for this course.

Throughout the rest of the day, it transpires that there are seven of us in the course, but we arrived at the classroom in shifts all the way through half ten. No one knew anything about the class not starting until next week. We get an email later in the day saying the course is run by a different department and to direct our queries that way. Also, it doesn’t start until next week and, oh yeah, it’s going to be on Wednesday afternoons now.

So it turns out I have four-day weekends this semester. Which is awesome, except I really need a job.

Shameless Plug

I just came from from a soul-draining job interview, so to stay positive I thought I’d specify what I’m looking for in a job.

Legally, I can only work up to 20 hours per week in Ireland, although I can work full-time during breaks from school. This semester, I am free from Wednesday afternoon to Friday afternoon, and of course weekends.

I do not mind traveling to other parts of the island to work – in fact, I would welcome the opportunity – although that does cut into my availability.

I also wouldn’t mind telecommuting. If the employer is American, I wouldn’t even have to be part-time, but I am a student and school needs to come first.

I would like to work for a publisher or do something book-related. My past work experience proves it doesn’t matter what the job involves; I am willing to do almost anything.

This is me on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/mandy-jo-shelton/44/200/83