Sunday, September 23, 2012

Smell You Later Unemployment

As you may know, those of you who follow me on Twitter and Instagram, I recently started a new job! And while part of me is still a little sad that I didn’t snag my dream academic job teaching early modern British and European history to eager undergrads, I have to say that my new position is nothing short of amazing! I’m working on the campus of my alma mater, the University of Alberta (where I did my BA and MA before heading off for doctoral studies at Yale) and my position involves a salary that’s, frankly, much higher than I could have hoped for as an assistant or associate professor at all but a few schools, and revolves around working daily with graduate students across campus in an advocacy role. Having spent the last eight years of my life as a graduate student, I feel like this is an area that I am both passionate about and very experienced in. So I’m content at this point and really looking forward to all the challenges and rewarding experiences that I think this new position will provide. Although I am still keeping an eye on post docs and the academic job market, at least for the next year or so.

But enough about that. Here are shots of two of my first week of work outfits. Can I also just say that I love being in an office where jeans are encouraged and not relegated to casual Friday?

jeans: Urban Planet / tank: ModCloth / blazer: Value Village / satchel: Cambridge Satchel Company / glasses: Clearly Contacts / shoes: Payless / necklace: long ago gift from a friend

jeans: Lucky Brand / blouse: Sway Chic / blazer: Calvin Klein, thrifted / satchel: Cambridge Satchel Company / glasses: Clearly Contacts / boots: Kohl's / necklace: Charming Charlie

21 comments:

Sunny & Star said...

I am so happy for you. I know how hard it can be to find a good job that pays well. And I'm sure that you will land your dream job someday.

Love your outfits. Those blouses are lovely and I'm pretty much convinced I need one of those satchels for work.

Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

Kristina Pellien said...

Congrats on landing the new job! I have to say, as a Graduate Student, I am jealous of those who you'll be assisting.

I'm digging the rolled jeans with the lace top. And your second outfit is very put together but laid back - ideal for my campus adventures.

Bonnie said...

I am so happy for you!!! It sounds like a job that is meant for you. Big congratulations, girl.

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Closet Fashionista said...

Woohoo, its so exciting!! I'm glad you found a job, sounds like it was made for you :)
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Elle Sees said...

congrats congrats congrats!!

JennaStevie said...

I am so happy you found such an amazing job!! That sounds really great actually. I love the casual business ensemble, that lace tank in the first outfit is so pretty!
xJennaD

Raquelita said...

Congratulations again!

Those boots in the second outfit and that satchel are seriously a match made in heaven.

Jenna (SewSavoirFaire) said...

You look super duper chic!! And a big congratulations on the job!! So happy for you!

Jenna

Lisa said...

The top in the first picture is gorgeous.

Congrats on the new position. I think you will be a wonderful graduate facilitator. Maybe this will also segue into a teaching job. Congrats!

Fashion Tales said...

Yay,that's amazing, go out celebrate this week! So happy for you, and I like everything in the second outfit, especially those boots!

LyddieGal said...

polished, professional, and so scholarly.
Congrats Courtney!
Chic on the Cheap

Marie a la Mode said...

Congrats on the job!! I'm glad you're happy with it. Love your office outfits by the way. Where I work we're not supposed to wear jeans except on Fridays but I'm a rebel and sometimes wear them on other days. K, we need to go for coffee. Facebook msg me when you're free!

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Congrats on the new job! It sounds like an amazing opportunity.

That bag is AWESOME. Overall, you look fantastic. xoxo

Oh to Be a Muse said...

Love the work satchel and your cute glasses.

Congrats on getting the job--it does sound pretty awesome even if it's not exactly what you wanted.

Alexa said...

Yay! The best news ever! :)

Nnenna said...

Yay, I'm really thrilled to hear that you're enjoying your new job Courtney- I'm so happy for you! :D

Laura Go said...

wooohooooo!!! You are in demand, you wonderful lady you!

Totes jelly that your office is ok with jeans. And the second look with that thrifted CK jacket is really grrrreat. Can't believe that blazer is thrifted!

chillairandperfume said...

Congrats! I'm so happy for you. Loving these casual work looks :)

xo,
Hannah
www.chillairandperfume.blogspot.com

alicatstrut said...

Congratulations! Glad your stylin' wardrobe won't go to waste. :)

Anonymous said...

The average salary for an associate prof at the U of A is $106,384. Congrats if your making that much but I doubt it

Courtney Erin said...

Well the U of A, which I know pays well, is not hiring History faculty in my field and has not been for quite some time (hence my qualification of "at all but a few schools." That means that the majority of positions I am applying for are at much smaller schools, primary in the US (where there is simply just more hiring going one - although not much) and actually, yes, the salary range there is lower. Associate professors typically make around $48,000 to $58,000. And it becomes even lower when one takes into consideration that, as such jobs are south of the border and employers would be willing to negotiate a visa for me, no such consideration be given to my spouse so the loss of that combined salary while we negotiated a visa for him (which also involves a fair measure of legal fees) would be quite substantial. So, actually, my salary is comparable to what I would be making as a junior academic. One also needs to consider benefit packages and the costs associated with research, etc. as an academic. It's nice to know that's how much one makes at the U of A as a prof but really not terribly relevant to me.