What should she be when she grows up?
February 19, 2011 6:17 PM Subscribe
What can a 27-year old with a BFA do for a semi-stable career?
posted by ohsnapdragon to Work & Money (22 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
My girlfriend is a very talented illustrator. She graduated several years ago with her BFA and had been working as a receptionist and doing freelance ever since then. However, we recently relocated so I could go back to school and she is now unemployed, and feeling really discouraged. Due to the economy, the freelance illustration market has significantly dried up and she has not been finding any work. Though she is applying, she hadn't found any job leads yet either.
I can't help but feel that as an intelligent, hard-working, and likeable person with a college degree, she should be able to find some sort of reliable career, even if it means changing direction a bit. She's sick of working a low-paying, hourly job and is feeling the pressure of nearing her 30's without the success she hoped for in the illustration world. (I'm still holding out hope because I think she's really quite good and certainly motivated.
I guess my question is, what are some of the best avenues she could go down? Is there some kind of reliable job or career that someone with a college degree could get into, perhaps with a little additional training? It doesn't have to pay particularly well, though that would certainly be a bonus. It just has to be a legitimate "career" that will be fairly easy (considering) to find a job in and that won't completely kill her soul. For the record, she likes people but is not the constant charm your socks off energetic type (though she is good with small talk and makes friends easily) and doesn't mind a sort of quiet, boring atmosphere. I'd say she performs pretty well under pressure but she does not thrive on it. And she does not particularly want to be an art teacher - in fact, non-art related jobs might be the better route at this point.
I'll probably be threadsitting this one.