Not a lot of good choices out there - obviously, especially if you wanty to be be paid for really chaning the status quo.
Are you coming back to the bay area? Is that where the job is?
When I get back from China I’ll buy you a graduation beer or drink or two and we’ll talk, ok?
Hope the end of the quarter is going well. When do you graduate?
Good! I’m glad to hear that things went so well for you.
You’ll move to San Jose? That should be interesting.
One of the reasons grad schools have flourished is because it is so difficult to work these questions through, so people graduate, sometimes continue, or work then go back to school to try to figure something out. Unfortunately what often happens is debts mount up so compromises dictate the outcome. That’s why the job can’t be “it”.
See you sometime this month
Hey hey Nicole!
Thank you for reaching out! haha The fact that you’ve reached out and asking for others’ thoughts means that you do take your social justice work and values seriously. For a lot of ND organizers, it’s really hard to manage these two rather incompatible values of needing to be self-reliant (economically) while maintaining yourself and even growing in the progressive movement. As the article said, they’re not mutually exclusive nor are they the same.
I’ll tell you this right now: it’s not a completely bad thing to take the Solar Sales job. You need to do what you have to do in order to get by and if it’s something you’ll be able to reconcile internally, then I would say go for it! I can think of a couple of hardcore kasamas who do distribution jobs for large corporate businesses but still manage to be really active in ND work.
The common trend that I’ve seen in a lot of my friends who have graduated is that they get sucked into their 9-5 and it prevents them from staying involved and taking up leadership in community work. This is something that I hope to warn you about beforehand. I’m not saying that’s it’s going to be easy though with a full time job but I would encourage you to struggle it out in order to continue being involved in Anakbayan.
Which part of the bay will you be living at? There’s Anakbayan Silicon Valley, East Bay and League of Filipino Students at San Francisco State. If you’re going to the National Council Training for AB-USA in the Bay this month, we can be sure to introduce you to folks there so that they can plug you in. Also, since you’ve been doing great work with SJP, AB East Bay is actually known for their strong solidarity work.
Being someone who has been working on their teaching credential for the past year since moving back to LA and seeing many of my friends in community jobs (esp non-profit types), there are positives and negatives to it as there are with everything. If the Solar Sales job is going to fulfill the need for job security, you should not feel guilty about doing it. Community jobs do not offer the most stability during these times (and actually some have been known to commit wage theft amongst professionals who go into these jobs not for the money but for the cause).
That being said, in the most ideal situation, you would have a job that aligns nicely with your progressive work and would help to gain international support for the Philippine National Democratic struggle, but those jobs are hard to come by especially as an entry-level position.
Maybe you should try out the job for a year or so (to gain work experience and a reliable employment history) and if it’s not fulfilling your needs the way that you foresaw, you can always try to find a different one.
As the article said, I would list down my values and needs then try to address those in how I plan to spend my year. Being paid to do progressive community work may not be the best option but it’s something to think about.
In short, don’t feel guilty about taking the solar sales job. Do stay active in ND progressive work if you do take the job even though it may be difficult to do so with your full-time work schedule. Try it out and see if it works. If not, you don’t have to stay at that job forever. Try to find something that will nourish your needs and progressive values on your downtime.
Hope this helps!
To be edited. Just the lovely and sweet people in my life. =)