I'm in huge debt and have no idea what to do with my life.
October 5, 2009 6:13 AM Subscribe
Just graduated from a top business school in the United States (H/S/W/K/M, etc.). I am $130k in debt, with payments of $1200 per month staring at me from 6 months away.
I'm still not sure what I want to do with my life. Help!
posted by alternateuniverse to work & money (15 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I was an entrepreneur, then went to business school because I wasn't sure what I wanted to do next but thought the credential would be helpful. I hated b-school, but kept at it. Now I'm in crazy debt, and not sure what I want to do. I HATE corporate environments. I love:
- small collegial companies
- the idea of finance, but not the culture
- hippie, do-gooder stuff
- international travel
- product design
- product management is okay
- liberal cities (Portland, Seattle, SF, Boston, Amsterdam, London, etc.)
My b-school has a a loan forgiveness program if I choose to work at a nonprofit. They'll pay the minimum on my loans, so in TEN years (!) I'll be free.
My resume: short stints at a consulting firm, an investment bank, and a technology company, some entrepreneurial stuff. Used to work as a model/entertainer. Also, some paid photography gigs. I didn't like consulting or finance: too corporate, too hierarchical. The technology company was okay.
I'm in my mid- to late-30s. Single. Female. Wanting to find a partner and have a family, so no desire to work at a 80-100/hour week job to pay off my debts quickly. Would love to live and work internationally. I was born abroad and have EU/US citizenship.
Prone to depression and anxiety and on meds. Don't like high stress environments, but smart enough to fake it a lot of the time and have things turn out okay.
I feel so stupid for putting myself into this situation. This may be the worst mistake of my life. What should I do?
Help me figure out what to do with my life!