It took 6 months and some serious personal compromises, but I did it.
(And not even as a stripper!)
I have to admit, I'm rather surprised by my own lack of excitement about it, which probably says something about how much I feel I am sacrificing ideals of where I wanted to be going to be going here. But here seems to be where I need to go right now, as a seasonal part time employ at Target doing shelf stocking job which pays a marginal hourly wage.
It's not exactly the vision I had of getting a career together, nor anywhere near a pay grade to facilitate financial independence, but it IS employment and subsequent personal income with benefits.
And, as I was eyeballing the office and three higher level people I interviewed with today, Target is a company which could potentially lead to a job above inventory with the right promotions.
So perhaps, it could go somewhere, eventually...
But today I just need to focus on getting some portion of a wardrobe of red shirts and khakis.
And who knows, maybe something big will still come together some day.
Or alternatively, I have already passed my career peak, and can look forward to spending the next 30 or 40 years scrapping by in a service industry job which doesn't give a damn about my college degree.