I'm about to take a job I don't want. I was laid off from my last position at the very end of September. The reality is I was completely, utterly miserable there, so in a sense I still see being let-go as a blessing in disguise. However, my job search has absolutely not gone well the past several months. Despite my experience (three years+ in a sales/marketing gig in the Oil industry) and a B.S. in marketing I've had trouble finding work. At first I shot for some gigs that were perhaps higher than my station, but for the most part most of my searches & applications have been for entry-level gigs that still had areas for growth and still in the same field/industry. To my surprise, no bites. It's stuff that I'm absolutely qualified for, so to have so little callbacks is both devastating and confusing. Even had a HR professional do a run-over of my resume to make sure that it wasn't the problem. I did interview with a few places, only to be ultimately turned down. My unemployment has nearly dried out, so I had to significantly lower my standards even more. At this point, not working means bills won't be paid. I've been given a job offer to do onsite PC repairs for the local school district. The pay is actually not terrible, and only a slight pay decrease of what I was paid at my last position. But they straight up told me that there would be no room for advancement and very little room for pay raises. Given the pay, zero room for advancement, and not doing what I want to do with my career I really can't be at this place too long. But at this point I have little other choice - it's 1. Take this position or 2. Sell all of my gear and hope I can hold out another month or two hoping something else better comes along. How long would you stay at a position like that? Ideally, I want to work til I get myself back on my feet and go from there, however long that takes. My fear though is that transitioning back to the professional world will be even harder once I'm back on my feet, since it will have been even longer since I will have worked in an office environment. Anybody have any experience with this? I'm reminding myself even wildly successful people have had periods like this - even Tesla briefly worked as a ditchdigger when he ran out of money. Still can't help but feel like a failure though. Sorry for unloading like this, I know TB isn't a blog. But, I know we have a lot of working professionals here who might have been in my place once before and can offer some advice.