I had this disagreement the other day with a group of friends at dinner when I told them that I "hustle," and that maybe in this day and age or in this 'academic climate' or whatever, maybe I am going to have to "hustle" for a long time.
This apparently was funny because to them "hustle" meant something like "be a prostitute"
(which while we're at it is not terribly inaccurate when it comes to some academic teaching positions but that's not my point), but really what I meant was that for years now, I've had to "hustle" as in obtain by force or sell (myself) aggressively for jobs. Small, insignificant jobs.
Not a year has gone by in the last ten years when I haven't applied for at least one job. Most years, I apply for three or four or five or ten. I get some of them. Actually, I get a lot of them. But "getting a job" doesn't mean I won't have to hustle ever again. It just means I won't have to hustle for a few months, maybe.
I'm not necessarily complaining. Usually I like the jobs that I do. (Usually.) But I get so tired of hustling.
On that note, Fair Employment Week is coming up at UBC.