Hi Huttle community,
I apologize in advance for the very long and jumbled message here. I've had a lot of trouble getting jobs in the US. I went to UChicago and have had a diverse range of admin/dev/comms internships and jobs, but I graduated a year ago and have found that I only get interviews/offers to positions where the competition is low, and the pay is even lower. For example, I just came back from an NGO in Cambodia where I was paid $200/mo. Even though I love this type of work environment, with vibrant culture, a tightly-knit work community, daily interaction with different people, from high-profile donors to rice farmers, and lots of room to problem-solve and innovate, I feel like applying to these positions now might be a subconscious avoidance tactic on my side (of corporate culture, perhaps, or intense interviews, or rejection).
I didn't network as well as I could have in SE Asia, so instead of teaching there, I returned to the US in June hoping to find a job in the international/non profit field. Since I've arrived in the US, I've stalked idealist daily and applied to about 25 jobs, ranging from entry-level analyst to dev coordinator mostly based in the US, to which I have only had 1 response/casual interview/job offer: in a beautiful city in Mexico, as a volunteer coordinator for an NGO that will pay about $400/mo.
Finances are a big worry, as my family is very much low-income. A year out of college, unemployed, I feel a sort of responsibility to supplement their income while also building up savings. Everyone always says "Follow your passion," but what if that just isn't sustainable? I guess my question is, should I keep taking these sorts of on-the-field jobs to build "experience", or should I hold out for a better paying position in the US (or elsewhere)?
Thanks in advance for any thoughts or advice!