I didn't get the job.
For the past several months, I've been in conversations with DealerSocket, a California-based software-as-a-service company that does customer relationship management tools for car dealerships. A friend of my brother's thought I would do very well as a strategic services consultant, which combines aspects of customer retention, technical support, and corporate training. It would have involved a lot of travel, but it also would have paid $50k/year. We discussed it at length, and Stephanie and I agreed that it would be a net positive change for our lives and we would probably actually see more of each other than we do now.
But it's not happening.
I may have just been a little out of my weight class. It may have been that I don't care about sports, I'm 'too intellectual' (their words), and they (perhaps not incorrectly) inferred I would have trouble building rapport with car salesmen. It may have been that they saw my family was important to me and didn't think I could handle the travel.
But...I don't know. The other interviewees and the interviewers were all younger, childless, and had a long history in sales and marketing. They seemed flummoxed by the idea that somebody would change career fields, or change majors, or ever take a job that wasn't their 'dream job', or not know what their 'dream job' is. Over the course of three interviews, I was asked four times, "Why don't you just teach?" (also, "So why didn't you become a filmmaker?") Maybe they all knew what they wanted to do since their freshman year in college. They preach the idea that everyone has a 'natural genius' and that their goal is to help people find that in themselves and grow their potental, but my 'natural genius' doesn't fit in with their culture. And I'm not trying to say they have some obligation to hire me at any point, but it does seem kind of douchey to fly me out to California for an interview that could easily have been done via Skype and then give me that as a reason for not hiring me.
Meanwhile, a steady stream of rejection letters from teaching positions in Idaho schools - literally the one field where I am experienced, qualified, trained, certified, and licensed and where we're always complaining that we don't have enough qualified people - is doing more wonders for my job-hunting morale.
So, slogging on. The good news is our savings has reached a level that we could survive student teaching - but not tuition, too - and in six more months we should be 100% debt free, so if I need a student loan, at least we're not paying two at a time. I've once again - wait for it - missed a deadline and will have to wait another year to attempt Virginia teaching certification. So, if something else turns up, yay. If not, go for Virginia teacher certification first and a WGU masters next instead of dinking around with a program that only confers certification.