Help Wanted: From graduation to gainful employment

Settling in at home and at work by jssutton
June 11, 2009, 12:50 pm
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John Sutton

John Sutton

Today will be my first official day working as a copy editor for The Star-Ledger, while I must admit I am a little nervous about the prospect of starting a new job, it is very exciting because I actually have a job only a month after graduation in this economy.

The job is a one-year copy editing internship with the Ledger mostly reading sports. Wednesday I drove in to Newark from my home in Atlantic Highlands, N.J., for training with the new program they will use in the newsroom called Jazbox. The sports department will not be using this system for another two weeks so today I must get used to the old system called Newsmaker and quickly forget it once Jazbox is implemented.

The entire process is filled with many changes and new ventures that I have never encountered before in my career. I do not have much experience copy editing or writing headlines and cutlines, but I will have to adapt quickly in the new job.

One of the aspects of my life for the next year that will remain the same is the fact that I will still be living in Atlantic Highlands with my parents for the entire year. This situation has its pros and its cons. While I might have originally dreamed of moving out to the West Coast where the weather is warmer and I would be on my own, I can’t complain about my current situation.

I will be able to save tons of money by living at home, perhaps the best pro of the entire deal. My parents are not making me pay rent while I am living at home and my food will be paid for by my parents for the most part. This will make my biggest expense gas as I make the 30-plus mile commute to Newark everyday for work.

This will allow me to save up some money and maybe even start paying off some of the loans that will begin to pile up very soon. I just might be able to have some extra money around that could pay for some trips out to the West Coast to visit some friends during the one week of vacation that I will have during the year.

The cons of living at home are obvious. I will have to re-adjust to living back with my parents after four years of freedom at Syracuse. The social life I had in school will obviously be much different at home because of the significantly lower numbers of friends who will be around, and the fact that it just simply isn’t cool to have parties in the house while your parents are sitting on the couch watching the Mets game.

In the end, I really can’t complain about my situation. I have a job in journalismand that’s not an eay task. I do love my family so it is not the worst thing in the world to be living with them for the next year. Overall, I am excited to see where this year takes me and very happy with how my post-graduation life has gone thus far.