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Subject: RE: Division I Volunteer Position Offered - Advice Needed
I worked for one year as a volunteer about 10 years ago. Finances were handled entirely through a part time job, 20-30 hours per week at a running store. I lived in an apartment off campus for next to nothing, and lived on PB&J, and other cheap made-at-home options. I volunteered anywhere from 45-60 additional hours a week, so there was little time to spend money.
I made enough connections that first year that I could have had some full-time jobs at the very low DI or maybe DII/Juco levels, but no where that remotely appealed to me. I ended up with a GA position that I converted into a roughly 25K job at a mid-level DI program (i.e., took the tuition credit as salary).
I'm no longer coaching, but the volunter year was very educational and provided great connections. Depending on your career goals, I would try to start at a school with as high a profile as possible, even if it means you are doing extreme grunt work.
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