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Upcoming College Grad Looking for Advice on Jobs/Moving

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LG2V
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Upcoming College Grad Looking for Advice on Jobs/Moving

Postby LG2V » Tue Jun 18, 2013 3:51 pm

Hey Everyone,

I have some uncertainties regarding how to put my future living plans into effect after college. I'd like to receive advice from members of the forum, especially since my query pertains to Dhamma and a lifestyle suitable to practice.

I'm currently completing my undergrad studies in the US, and I'll be graduating at the end of this session with a B.A. in Linguistics I've been a practicing Buddhist for a little less than a year, and I've had some familiarity with the teachings for about 2 and 1/2 years. I want to ordain in the Theravada tradition, but I first have to pay off my student loans (~25k).

I like a fairly simple lifestyle, and have done so for close to a year. That being said, I feel like the place where I live does not contain a strong Theravada presence at all. My goal is to move to a place like California or Hawaii, where the overall Buddhist presence is much stronger. Once there, my goal is to find a good job and pay off my debts ASAP.

I'd like to receive some practical advice on the matter, as well as any recommendations on programs that I should look into. Thank you all for reading, and I appreciate your responses. :anjali:


Metta,
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Re: Upcoming College Grad Looking for Advice on Jobs/Moving

Postby santa100 » Wed Jun 19, 2013 2:30 am

It's important to set priorities to everything. From your message, it seems like clearing your student loan takes the highest priority, which makes perfect sense. It's important to become debt-free first and then you can have the peace of mind to do anything you want, whether getting ordained or something else. You can start talking with folks at your college's career center. They'll help you with everything from mock interview, resume/cover letter preparation, to targeting the right position from their job database. Also register for auto job alerts from Monster, Indeed, Dice, etc. Right now there're good demands for Engineering and Comp. Sci. majors. I don't know if it's the same thing for Linguists majors. Else just be patient and continue to job hunt aggressively. All the best..

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Re: Upcoming College Grad Looking for Advice on Jobs/Moving

Postby Justsit » Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:53 am

Jobs in Hawaii are scarce, and competition is fierce. The cost of living there is very high. If you are trying to pay off a loan, CA might be a better choice.

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Postby SarathW » Thu Jun 20, 2013 1:03 am

Hi Lg
I was rejoice with your enthusiasm.
I suggest that you look for just any job. ( for me any job is just another job :juggling: )
It seems that you are already living like a monk so within 12 months you will be able to pay off your debts.
For me the place where you live is not an important for the progress of your path.
(Dhammawhell is my virtual temple :) )
Just be a leader, you could be the person who is going to do that change!

Meanwhile see whether you can adjust your life as follows.
1. Restraint by the five precepts at least.
2. Refraining from dancing, singing, listening to music, and watching entertainments. Restraining the senses and keeping the mind inwardly focused.
3. Abstaining from all forms of wrong livelihood, and fulfilling completely all of one's duties to one's employer as described in the Sīgalovāda Sutta
4. Making use of one's rightfully acquired wealth without vanity or sensual indulgence.
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Re: Upcoming College Grad Looking for Advice on Jobs/Moving

Postby convivium » Thu Jun 20, 2013 1:58 pm

move to asia, teach english, take time off, travel, live in monasteries etc. that's what i do/will do for a while. there's always funded post-grad work.
u could get an m.a. or something in ling (applied ling?) and teach in the universities in asia (and get more $)
Just keep breathing in and out like this. Don't be interested in anything else. It doesn't matter even if someone is standing on their head with their ass in the air. Don't pay it any attention. Just stay with the in-breath and the out-breath. Concentrate your awareness on the breath. Just keep doing it. http://www.ajahnchah.org/book/Just_Do_It_1_2.php

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Re: Upcoming College Grad Looking for Advice on Jobs/Moving

Postby binocular » Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:47 am

This book might help:
Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grads: Finding a Path to Your Perfect Career
http://www.amazon.com/Smart-Moves-Liber ... arts+grads

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Re: Upcoming College Grad Looking for Advice on Jobs/Moving

Postby marc108 » Sat Jun 22, 2013 2:41 pm

congrats on your upcoming graduation.

my suggestion, first off, would be to do at least 2-4 weeks of retreat immediately after your graduate. you likely wont be able to get that much time off again during the first few years of work. do whatever you have to do to go on retreat... borrow money, skip a good job... it will be worth it.

my second suggestion, would be to consider moving to northern California. I moved here specifically because there was such a large spiritual community and it has far surpassed my expectations. I live in Sacramento, which is 1-3 hours from Abhayagiri, Spirit Rock, IMC and more lay meditation groups/centers than you could hope to practice with in a lifetime. It really is the 'central hub' for Theravada Dhamma in the Western world. If you move anywhere into the Sacramento Valley or Bay Area around San Francisco you'll be within driving distance.

This area also has urban and rural living areas that are quite moderately priced and a large enough population and economy that there are plenty of jobs. The weather here also makes it suitable to grow most of your own food easily, which allows for significant reduction in expenses.

Feel free to PM me anytime.
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Postby LG2V » Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:21 pm

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Postby marc108 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 8:39 pm

No problem.

Bhavana Society retreats fill up quickly and well ahead of time so plan accordingly. A lot of popular places like Abhayagiri are using a lottery system I believe. Also just FYI, Wat Metta in San Diego is basically a year round retreat center... you just need to call and make sure they have open space for when you plan to come and you can camp out in one of their tent spaces. http://watmetta.org/visitor.htm
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Postby LG2V » Sun Jun 30, 2013 6:27 pm

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Re: Upcoming College Grad Looking for Advice on Jobs/Moving

Postby iforgotmyname » Sun Jul 07, 2013 3:37 pm

I've done some research into NLP, I have a masters in comp sci... if you are interested in NLP it will involve a whole load of math. I highly recommend you have a look at coursera for a course on NLP by literally the people who have written the books on NLP. :)

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Postby LG2V » Sat Jul 13, 2013 1:41 pm

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