I did something this week that I hadn’t planned on doing for a while. I applied for an engineering job (insert dramatic music). I’m at the point in my journey where I need to be making some money. My brother may be moving in with me and one of us needs to bring home some bacon! I had a conversation with my uncle’s friend (and fellow engineer) and he suggested doing engineering part time or temporarily to fund what I really want to do. That actually made a lot of sense. Why didn’t I think of that? I was just so set on not going back to engineering full time that I hadn’t even considered part time or temporary jobs. The more I thought about it, the more it made sense. I was looking for work at restaurants because that’s the field I wanted to get into but I would be starting at the bottom of the totem pole and so would my pay check. I applied at a few restaurants in the area but didn’t get any response from any of them. I know I would have a better shot if I went to culinary school but that cost money. Money that I currently don’t have nor am I willing to borrow. Before I left my job I considered taking night classes at the local culinary school but with the long unpredictable hours and 45 minute commute it was just too much. With a part time job it actually is possible. In addition to restaurants I was looking into jobs other places just to have some income. I am currently volunteering at my church’s cafe but that’s just until I find something more fitting. As my pastor says, “one dollar is better than no dollar.”
Engineering may not be the career I want to retire from but I have this degree and a skill set, so why not use it? People older and wiser than me have been telling me this for months but I wasn’t trying to hear it. I felt like going back to engineering would be going back to Egypt and admitting defeat. I realize now that that’s not necessarily true. I could use my engineering skills to fund what I really want to do. It’ll be like a bridge to get to the Promised Land. Even Jesus worked as a carpenter until it was time for Him to fully step into His ministry.
So I started applying for jobs as a technical writer. It seems like the perfect position for me. I have a technical background and I write. I actually enjoy writing. I do it even when I’m not being paid (exhibit A). Truth be told, I got better grades in English than in math anyway. (There goes that engineering stereotype.) I did a lot of writing, reviewing, and editing for my previous position so I do have technical writing experience. The more I think about it the better it sounds. Working part time as a technical writer will give me the money I need to live yet the freedom to take classes and/or go on auditions. Using my skills at a part time or temporary engineering job isn’t selling out to my dreams, its buying into and capitalizing on my skills.