Career options for a Classics major?
June 6, 2010 5:46 PM Subscribe
Close to finishing a BA in Classics, utterly clueless (and feeling hopeless) about career options, and looking for guidance.
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I'm a Canadian one year short of getting my BA in Classics. I've really enjoyed my program and university in general; however, I went in without much of a life plan, and I have no idea what I want to do after I graduate. In light of the miserable economy and my less-than-super-useful degree, I'm starting to feel a bit gloomy as well, so I'm looking for guidance. Here's the outline:
1. I love Latin and history. I work hard, I've gotten quite high marks and my professors like me. Some have suggested I go into academia, and while I love the subject I don't know if I'm really prof material, and I'm scared of the huge debt involved for a relatively risky career path.
2. I've considered getting my Master's in library or archival studies. I'm hard-working, organized, and I also have some fairly decent computer skills, so I think it would be a career that I would be good at. However, everything I read about librarians and archivists suggests that it's a flooded field that is nigh-impossible to break into, so I am also scared about this.
3. I went to my school's career counselor, who pretty much just gave me a half-hour speech and why I should go to law school because I have high enough marks. I know I have no interest in being a lawyer.
4. Some people have also mentioned teaching. I deal terribly with teenagers, but I could see myself doing something at a community college level. I have no idea if I would be good at this or how I would find out since I have no teaching experience.
5. Some people have also suggested the Canadian public service since I do speak French, but I don't know if they'd hire someone with a Classics degree or how I would even start to look for a job like that.
6. I'm an INTP. I'm better at working alone then in groups. I work hard, I have a much longer attention span than most of my peers, I'm organized and I have a good attention to detail. While I'm a bit shy/introverted, in general I think I'm pretty employable and adaptable.
7. I think I have fairly realistic career expectations. I don't demand anything fun or "intellectually stimulating" since a job is a job, and I can stimulate my intellect on my own time. To be honest, I was perfectly happy with my past "crappy" jobs washing dishes, alphabetizing in a bookstore, and doing data entry. I'm not aiming for a career with a huge salary, either - all I need is to support myself, and I'm not a big spender.
8. I am going to graduate debt-free, but not with a massive amount of savings. I will have to take a student loan for any more schooling, so I want to make sure I'm making a reasonable decision before I jump into this.
I'm started to feel progressively more and more desperate and wondering why I majored in something I loved instead of something useful. The economy and my utterly useless career counselor didn't help. Can anyone offer guidance, advice, or similar experiences? Thanks.