I have applied for numerous positions and to numerous places this summer and have been unsuccessful at finding a job. Now three prospects have presented themselves (see below). I am a double-major (Philosophy and Theology) at a Catholic college, and will no longer be living in the student residence this year. I had to make living arrangements with a friend’s family for when the semester begins or whenever I land a job, whichever comes first. I will also foresee ably go down to part-time status as a student so that I can work a job while going to school. I am trying to find a job to help me pay my tuition, pay down my student loans, and the rent that I will have to pay so as to substantially decrease the contribution my parents have to make for me 1) to help relieve their financial burden, they are tight as it is and 2) free myself from “strings-attached” should I choose enter a vocation that my family finds disagreeable – and I don’t mean secular vocation. The second is a personal and very difficult matter for me that is a topic in its own right. The point is, I want to assume the responsibilities of adulthood to the degree feasible in my situation. I will be turning 22 this month.
I applied for E-911 Dispatcher which requires a very involved hiring process, not to mention the year-long training should I be offered a position. I am still aways from the interview, as I have to first make it through two exams first.
I also applied for a Teacher’s Assistant position which to my knowledge does not involve weekends. I have an interview this week.
Today, just earlier I received a call and offer to be interviewed (also this week) for the part-time traffic enforcement position at an Airport. The woman I spoke to over the phone told me the job would involve weekdays and weekends and she asked me if that was fine. I said yes. Now I’m nervous because I have a qualifier in mind. On the one hand, an Airport is in the transportation business which is 24/7. On the other hand, it seems as though I should prefer a job that does not require me to work on Sundays over one that does. Yet … someone will have to work that job if not me. The pay is also better than Teacher’s Assistant … at the same time I don’t want some dollars difference of pay per hour to be THE determining factor.
The big picture is that I have none of the above jobs guaranteed. I am accepting more than one interview because obviously I might not get hired for one or the other position, so I am leaving my options open. I am rather desperate at this point, but want to remain faithful to my commitments as a Catholic.
What should I do at the Airport job interview — explain I attend Mass faithfully every week and would like to ask for an accommodation for Sunday? Should I even bother asking for Sunday’s off or would that seem ridiculous since 1) it was already told to me weekends are included and 2) Airport business is around the clock every day of the year? Does such a job fall under the category of necessary work for the common good and functioning of society (e.g. emergency services, healthcare,)?
Input much appreciated, I am quite stressed.