The job is at a Prestigious But Rural West Coast Institution (farm country, but a train ride away from the city) which I actually am familiar with from my time in California. The learning experience that I took away from the Prestigious East Coast Institution rigmarole was that I needed to be more careful where I applied, geographically; it needed to be either somewhere I was prepared to live, or somewhere I was prepared to sacrifice my ideal living situation for. This is the latter. At least, I think so right now.
When I started applying to jobs, the goal was one application per day during the week, and for most of March and about half of April I pretty much kept to that rule. Slowly I've been narrowing criteria: only applying to jobs in certain areas, and only applying to jobs which will actually be a step up from where I am now. There are a lot of "Development Associate" positions out there, which is basically "Paid Intern" -- it's a permanent job and you earn a salary, but you're learning the trade on your way to a more specific job route within the Not For Profit world. Frankly I'm kind of done with apprenticeships, so I ruled those out unless they look extra-plus awesome. And I ruled out administrative jobs, because I'm not going to put myself to the inconvenience of moving and getting a new job just to do what I'm doing now. Which isn't unsatisfying, but I could be doing more. I realised the other day that at the moment I am totally the kid in class who isn't being challenged enough.
But being challenged is a lot of hard work, so IDK.
Anyway, I suppose this whole process has meant that if nothing else I'm meeting a lot of new people in exciting places. Maybe I'll get a paid trip to California, too.
SEE THE WORLD AND TELL IT WHERE YOU SEE YOURSELF IN FIVE YEARS.