Lavender25 Posted September 14, 2011 Share Posted September 14, 2011 I have an interview on Thursday and I'm really excited about this opportunity. It's for an environmental non-profit organization in Seattle that focuses on building community through local environmental service. At first I was worried that I wouldn't get an interview because right after I sent in my application they extended the deadline. I took that as them not being happy with their applicant pool. Also, they are only hiring 60 crew members from around the world. I feel like I might have a bit of an edge there because I'm from the midwest and multiracial and the application really stressed that they wanted to build a diverse team, however the fact that they are only taking 60 people makes me nervous. I just graduated with a BA in Biology: Evolution, Ecology and Environmental Science and I look at this job as my doorway into other jobs because I will be getting experience in habitat restoration and other areas. I will also get the chance to do a lot of networking which will be useful because the position is only from February-December 2012. A lot of the jobs I've been looking at require a lot of field experience that I don't have so I REALLY want this. Also, I've been looking for a change and look forward to locating to the Seattle area. Even if I don't get this, I want to move to Seattle. DESPERATELY. I have two good friends (married) that just moved there and they love it and keep telling me how it would be a much better fit for me than my current area where people happen to get stuck and never leave. They've even offered to let me stay with them until I can get set up on my own. However, this job will be a fairly big pay-cut for me considering I've been working in retail management for the last six months. Also, I've been living at home with my parents and I will need to find my own space, with a roommate, when I get there. I have to say I'm a little worried about being able to afford it but my friends have said that they will help me through it because they both went through the same thing. They've started by telling me to get my student loans on income-based repayment so I'm not paying $400/mo anymore. I don't have a lot of money saved up because I have been paying so much on my student loans but hopefully that won't be an issue by then. I've made an action plan to get my credit cards payed off by the time I move which I think will also help me out financially. I might have to get another part-time job once I'm there but I have no idea how this whole thing is going to play out. Does anyone have any tips as far as interviewing or what I need to look out for when moving accross the country? Also, at my current job they want me to interview for a position that they consider a "lateral" move. It will be slightly higher pay but it's also an hour away and I don't know if it will be worth it. Also, it's not something that I'm interested in because I don't want to get "stuck" in retail. If my sights are already set on Seattle, then what's the point? I told them I would interview on Friday but I also don't want to waste their time. Some coworkers told me to interview anyway and then turn it down if things don't pan out. I don't know. If I did agree to take this "lateral move" it would only be until the end of the year and through the holiday season. Any thoughts? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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