Just got rejected for a transpo job that I was really eyeing and it's hitting me kinda hard. It was the first time I applied for something that really felt like it would be a career, and I was really excited at the prospect of making a positive difference in the world.
I want to do good work. There's a lot of directions I can go in right now with my life (journalism, advocacy, environmental research, etc.), but it almost feels like a master of none situation where I don't have enough qualifications in any particular field to actually get hired.
CSB stuff is fine & good & I know it makes a difference, but it's *really* hard to establish a nonprofit infrastructure from nothing. That's really what I've been struggling the most with. That's why it'd just be so nice to be hired into an already-existing org doing great work.
So, if anybody's hiring in the fields of sustainable transportation advocacy, Eastside progressive journalism, or anything else that I post about on here, maybe send me their way? Thanks.

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