Well, my friend Stacey told me that the average job search lasts six months. Depending on how you count it – I’m either in my sixth month or my fourth month. I’m not freaking out yet. I have faith that my 13 years of experience as an educator will be attractive to an Austin school. Or that my 13 years of working as a senior staff member in nonprofit organizations will be attractive to another nonprofit organization here in Austin.
In the meantime, I’ve been thinking about the word diversity. I think that people use the word ‘diversity’ when they mean ‘includes members of some minorities.’ I think people are trying to make diverse staff teams that include some black people or some brown people or some gay people.
I’m not black or brown or gay, but I bet your organization doesn’t have anyone like me. I’ve lived in New York City, Jerusalem, Northern and Southern California as well as Austin, Texas. I’m not just Jewish. I’m a rabbi. A woman rabbi.
So, I guess the question really is: Is there a great school or a great nonprofit that is diverse enough to need me?
When my seminary recruited me, one of their selling points was: If you study Jewish Education now, you can always switch to secular education later in life….
BUT now that I’m actually trying to break into the world as a secular educator or a secular non profit professional, everyone only sees the Jewish experience and the Jewish degrees.
So, if anyone out there has guidance into how I can present my Jewish education experience and my Jewish communal service experience as valuable, translatable, transferable experience into the secular world of higher education and non profit management, please share.
Am I a career switcher? Is the switch from working in religious institutions to the secular world a career switch?