Question by Hank Hill: I just graduated College: I need a nudge in what to do next, help?
I got a BA in journalism, and I did pretty good at it. But i’m not looking to work for a city newspaper. I’d be ok with working for a magazine.
I graduated, but I feel so empty and pessimistic right now. My mom won’t shut up about how immigrants become 4.0 gpa doctors at med school without much english. I’m not 4.0 but I did my best.
I wanted to work for the film industry and try video editing (I know a little final cut from my BA program) but I don’t think it’s enough to get me a real job. I have a temporary job now though.
I spent the last couple of weeks trying to find “plans.” I looked into getting an associate’s degree in radiology, but my friend who’s doing the program now at a local community college says they require a 4.0 student, with A’s in health and science classes.
I thought about doing programming, but he said it was hard (i really respect and admire him because he’s so well-rounded … if he says he can’t do it, I’m screwed because I don’t know anything about programming …..just html or css).
Now I’m at a couple of last options:
I could get into teaching English in Japan, or some kind of teaching program then go for a MA in teaching. (all my life every friend and assessment test says i should be a teacher … but i personally don’t like it because almost my whole family are a bunch of teachers, and I want to do something new)
OR i could go into Public administration and get a government job (but who’s hiring this kind of position? How’s the hiring rate?)
I thought about “technology management” because that doesn’t need programming, but where is a good school that’ll train me for that through an Master’s program and not a trade/associate’s degree? (because I can only get funding for a Master’s program and not associate degree).
I’m pretty lost right now, and no career counselor I find is able to help me. Please don’t hate or flame this post. I’m just really lost. I want a good paying job, so I can at least dedicate my free time to writing novels or something. I just need to invest in education that’ll get me a decent paying job with the educational background I got.
What should I do?
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I DON’T WANT TO WORK FOR A NEWSPAPER ………for now i think it’s best to just pretend I don’t want any traditional journalism-related jobs.
Please help me come up with different possibilities I can pursue for my Master’s degree in _____- field.
Answer by ez-e
Sounds like you aren’t ready to be looking for your “career” job. I was there for a while as well. I suggest looking for something that is very interesting to you that you won’t be able to do when you have to settle down when you have your career job, a family, and whatever else prevents you from doing your thing. I looked into some outdoor jobs in Colorado cause I love being outside and I always wanted to live in Colorado.
There is also a program called WOOF, I think it stands for world organization of organic farming or something like that. Anyway, you sign up to work for a farm, and they have this all over the world. If there is somewhere you have always wanted to go, and I mean any country, I can almost guarantee there will be a farm there. Anyway the deal is you agree to work for the farm for a said amount of hours every day, and its not ever full time. Often its only 4 or 5 hrs a day. Then you are free to do whatever the rest of the day. You can travel that area or whatever. I found a cool one in Hawaii where everyone goes to the beach every morning for sunrise and surfs. Then they do meditation and then breakfast and start their day. I also found ones in India, I have always wanted to go there as well.
I don’t know if you are into the outdoors thing like me, but you get the idea of going and doing something random but completely awesome in your own opinion. The idea is you will be living to the fullest and you will give yourself time to find what makes you happy and what you can see yourself doing for a long time as a career.
If you like traveling I suggest WOOF, or also couchsurfing.com – it is a organization where you can find a free place to stay at someone’s house, this is also available all over the world.
So, my friend, I suggest you and Google spend some time together searching your interests and finding an opportunity for yourself. If you want to stay career minded and find a real job, I suggest Google again to help you see what type of jobs are available. I didn’t really use the info you gave about your major and ideas because there doesn’t seem to be much correlation between your ideas, and they also seem to be more your mom’s ideas and your friends. Trust me, don’t use there ideas! You need to find what will make you happy! I had the opportunity to do a job short term that I absolutely hated. I thought I should do the job because it matched with my major in college, but it did not match with me at all. So follow your heart, follow your interests, and the right job and opportunity will open for you! God has a plan for you!
I hope this helped, and hopefully it wasn’t too long!
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