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Kate Kiefer Lee’s “Putting Work in Its Place” in The Manual

I recently quit my job to move across the country. Within my new job search, I’ve found heaps of useless advice about interview questions and resume mistakes and endless tips about how to become the perfect candidate, but little about how to reconcile conflicting ideas within the job search. Until I came across this piece.

The Manual is a journal dedicated to design, but the message of Lee’s essay resonates with anyone attempting to pursue a career in creativity, or really anything else. She first tells the story of Ricky Scott, a full-time Director of Public Works and volunteer firefighter, who dedicates a few hours on Thursday afternoon to do what he loves: smoke a pig and sell the barbecue to his neighbors. Sure, he could leave his day job and become a full time pitmaster. But he probably also likes the benefits that are typically associated with a day job: health insurance, paid vacation time, retirement savings…Read More at Vela Magazine.


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