Monday, April 6, 2009

My new cool job Y'ALLLLL

Well folks I'm back home now temporarily. I'm taking a much needed mini break from graduate/professional (or whatever the PC term is) school. After weeks of reading lots of books, working out, watching every episode of Entourage netflix has to offer, developing a shisha habit, running up one big cell phone bill, and having lunches with Suzy I felt a dire need to feel productive and decided maybe I should get a job.

Today I got hired!

The interview was this morning and I start tomorrow. I now work for a non-profit disaster relief organization whose name I'm very proud to be associated with. I don't know what my formal title is but I'm part of the "support team". We help people reeling from the series of devastating hurricanes and storms that have struck this area by hooking them up with the appropriate resources. Those who who followed my old blog may remember my family suffered personally from a recent hurricane, which makes this job extra cool to me. However unlike my family who turned out to have a great insurance policy, the vast majority of people we serve are low-income residents-many of whom didn't know help like this was available because they're used to being screwed over. We're basically one of the subcontracted organizations born to take care of what FEMA didn't or couldn't do.

The other thing I really like about this job is that we're encouraged to be resourceful and creative. We don't just do routine office work. Our job is to also do research and find out about more resources to offer clients whether they come in the form of new legislation, private grants, or other charitable contributions that people we help qualify for.

The pay? of course it sucks because that's how it is with all such cool jobs. Alhamdulilah though it's enough for me to be able to put some money aside considering I have very little expenses. I've definitely had worse paying jobs not doing anything near this cool. Anyway, I wasn't looking for a job that pays well. I have all my post-grad years for that! I was looking for something I'd genuinely enjoy doing during my short free time. My best friend Angela works there part-time, she kinda hooked me up.

The office hours are 10 hours a day 4 days a week; however they're very flexible as long as the assigned work is getting done between all the members of the support team (currently 4) and we don't go over the budget with the number of hours we work. So I probably won't get to work 40 hours every week. I'm considering taking up another part-time cool job.


Hamza said...

mabrooook..why don't you start with Italy? :P

suha said...

Aww congrats, hope you have fun inshallah and make a diffrence = )

His Sweetheart said...

I am so happy for you honey! I have always wated to do such a job, money is never counted compared to being able to draw smles at those people's faces!

Wish you the best and 3ogbali inshalla :)

Goofy Girl said...

That's so awesome!!! Congratulations! :D

asoom said...

Hamza, although the situation in Italy is tough right now we have our hands more than tied with folks in our own backyards. Let the pope help out with his neck of the woods, I hear he's rich

Suha, Yup it's been fun so far

His, Yes the fulfillment you get with this type of job is so great that even if I found a job that paid me a little bit more it wouldn't be worth it to take it.

Goofy, thanks girl!

KJ said...

mabrook mabrook!

i say your first case should be hamza. you're gonna get a nobel prize for treating him!

asoom said...

KJ, lol unfortunately though we're not capable of treating any disorders of the mind

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