New Boss

There were three men up for the position of director. Of the three, my least favored got it. He’s been my coworker and now he’ll be my boss. I don’t know how all of this is going to work out. I actually advocated against him getting the position. I hope he doesn’t find that out. It’s supposed to be kept confidential, but one never knows. Anyway, changes are coming to my office. We have to also hire a new secretary. So far the applicants aren’t looking good. I hope the right person does apply for it, and they will be someone easy to work with. However, the way my luck is going, it will be the one I want least.

I still haven’t heard back from any jobs. I’m hoping that I will soon, but I’m losing hope. I so want out of Vermont. There just isn’t anything here for me.

About Joe

I began my life in the South and for five years lived as a closeted teacher, but am now making a new life for myself as an oral historian in New England. I think my life will work out the way it was always meant to be. That doesn't mean there won't be ups and downs; that's all part of life. It means I just have to be patient. I feel like October 7, 2015 is my new birthday. It's a beginning filled with great hope. It's a second chance to live my life…not anyone else's. My profile picture is "David and Me," 2001 painting by artist Steve Walker. It happens to be one of my favorite modern gay art pieces. View all posts by Joe

3 responses to “New Boss

  • telcontarblog

    HI Joe, not sure if you’ll get this or if I have to go to the site but I’ll try.

    I read your blog though not every day but I haven’t been able to figure out exactly what it is you’re doing. Do you have a degree in art history but are working for a museum? Are you hoping for a college teaching job?

    I was a history major and 2 classes short of a double major with art history–only lacked the seminar and one studio course. I graduated in 1977; both my history and my art history advisor (the latter was Dept Chair) pressured me to go on for a Ph.D. I said then that I didn’t believe there woud be jobs when I got out and spending all that time to come out with dismal job prospects didn’t appeal to me much as I loved both subjects. I had a friend who was a history prof who had to relocate in 1973; he had a PhD in Near Eastern studies from U of Michigan–top rated in the field; had studied and taught in Lebanon; spoke Arabic, Turkish and Farsi, and had written a well received book. Took hm over a year to find a job. I figured it was only going to get worse and boy did it. Now I keep reading how college hire part time profs, pay them crap with no benefits, tenure track jobs are rare and brutally competitive.

    For awhile I considered doing museum curatorship to combine the history and art history and actually had a job offer from the Cleveland Museum of Art to work in their PR department right out of college. Sometimes I’m sorry I didn’t go on, at least for an MA, but I had managed to get my education without incurring a penny of student loan debt and would have had to take loans. I ended up going to law school, did well but didn’t like it (and ended up with loans albeit very small ones–in 1981 my tuition was $4200. Same school now is $43 THOUSAND! Ack. And most of THEM can’t get jobs. College, in my opinion, is a racket now. If I was 18 again I’d go to cooking school and read on my own–screw college ;).

    Anyway hope you find a job you like, I’ve heard VT is pretty but I hate winter (grew up in Ohio but lived 21 years in CA and now am in Sydney). I thought your post was going to be “New Boss, Same As The Old Boss” but sounds possibly worse :(. As for confidentiality about ANYTHING in a company–doesn’t exist, nor does privacy as I told a friend who emailed me on the company email. about picking up guys for blow jobs in SF years back 😉

    On Wed, Jun 6, 2018 at 9:00 PM The Closet Professor wrote:

    > Joe posted: ” There were three men up for the position of director. Of > they three, my least favored got it. He’s been my coworker and now he’ll be > my boss. I don’t know how all of this is going to work out. I actually > advocated against him getting the position. I hop” >

    • Joe

      Hi, I did get your message. I have degrees in history: BA, MA, and almost a PhD. I’ll never finish the PhD because it took me too long. That’s a long story there. Anyway, I work at a history museum that’s part of a university. I’m the oral history coordinator. I love the job, but it comes to an end in October.

      I am hoping to either find another museum job, possibly in museum education, or to teach college again. It would have to be a community college since I only have an MA. I really love to teach, so that would be a dream, and there are even a few tenure track CC jobs available, if I could only get one to hire me.

      I had considered going to law school instead of graduate school, but it was just too expensive. I was born in 1977. Tuition in 2000 was about $25,000 a year, and I didn’t want to incur that type of debt. I am indebted for my graduate school anyway but not to the extent of law school.

      Vermont is pretty, but everything is 30-60 minutes away. Also, the winters are brutal. The summers can be nice though. We’ve been having highs in the 60s the last few days.

      There are also few prospects for dating. Vermont has the largest per capita of gay people in the US, but so many of them are lesbians. It’s hard to find a good man up here.

      Thanks for the comment. Please stay in touch.

  • iameverywhere1

    Still plugging for you Joe.

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