Young Midwesterner needs help finding a field of study
August 8, 2011 2:12 PM Subscribe
I'm a young female in the Midwest, motivated to work in medical science, but am otherwise directionless. Help me put my puzzle pieces of strengths and weaknesses together to decide on a field of study?
posted by goodetyme to Work & Money (7 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a 23 year old female living in a Midwestern city with a metro-area population of about a million people. I was a pretty average high school student, but only because I didn't realize the impact my academic performance could have on my early adult years. If I could do it all over again, I would have pushed myself to excel. I took classes at a vocational college during my junior and senior years and later transferred those credits to a local community college. A year later, I graduated with an Associate's Degree in Networking Technology... An area I really have no interest in.
My parents aren't able to financially assist me with college, so once I graduated, I immediately got a job to pay off my small student loan. I've worked in a couple of call centers and currently work as an underpaid analyst at a grocery retailer. Since the moment I graduated from junior college, I've been trying to decide what to go back to school for, but I don't have any particular passions or interests that have both an academic path and stable job market. If I was going to return to college for fun, I'd be a Cultural Anthropology major, but I'm really trying to be smart about the decisions I make now.
What I do know is that I'm sick of sitting in an office chair for 45 hours a week, week after week, working towards absolutely nothing. I have the motivation and drive to get myself something else and somewhere else in life, but I'm having trouble picking my jump-off point. I have an interest in science, but I haven't taken a science class since high school. Medical sciences especially appeal to me and offer the opportunity for many different kinds of jobs, but I was hoping the hive mind could help point me to the fields that I might be best suited for.
Extremely organized and detail-oriented
Excellent written communication
Creative problem solver
Strong prioritization skills
Responsible (trustworthy, able to (and prefer to) work alone and motivate self)
At every job I've held, I've created a detailed technical manual to help myself understand the intricacies of the work and perform my job better. After my current employer learned that about me, I was assigned to the task of creating a manual for my analyst position and developed an in-depth 100-page technical manual. I think technical writing comes naturally to me and I just wanted to mention it in case it brings any fields to mind that involve something similar. Technical Writing as a profession itself seems like a difficult freelance effort and doesn't interest me very much.
Aversion to working with the public
Average to below average math skills
Travel limited (highway phobia)
Prefer not to work in an office setting
I have this weird thing about touching strangers, so I don't think I could handle Nursing or other hands-on patient-oriented jobs. I like the idea of working in a lab, but like I said, I haven't taken a science class since high school and don't really have a frame of reference. Other than that, I'm kind of directionless. Since I have to depend on myself to pay for college, I'll have to work full-time while I attend classes. Are there any medical fields you think might be a good fit for me?