What kind of career path should I be considering?
September 24, 2011 6:05 PM Subscribe
Starting my career path. Help me brainstorm the possibilities.
posted by seriousmoonlight to Work & Money (5 answers total)
Asking for a friend:
Like many new graduates I am struggling to find out what my options are and what I actually want to do. I have a bachelor's degree in International Studies and recently interned at a PR firm, working in the Global Issues department. During the three-month internship I realized that I am not a PR person (I don't like being on the phone or pitching stories) and that I also don't want to be in an office in front of a computer for eight hours a day. A friend of mine suggested that I look into the US Foreign Service which somewhat interests me but I don't know if I like the idea of not choosing where I live, or of leaving New York City just yet. If anyone has had any experience working in the Foreign Service I would very much like to hear about it.
What kind of career paths should I be considering? Should I go back to school and do a masters degree even though I'm not sure what I want to do? I graduated magna cum laude and thrive in an academic setting but am not sure that I want to be a student again, or at least not just yet.
Things I am interested in are: food security, sustainable development, health and wellness (organic food, nutrition, eco-spas, yoga), women's issues, environmental issues, design of all kinds, haute cuisine, fashion, etc. I'm overwhelmed by the feeling that I have to make a choice right now as far as my career path and yet I can see myself going in many different directions. I can see myself doing anything from working for an NGO in NYC to working in eco-fashion--from running a cheap-chic restaurant to doing humanitarian work in Asia. Throw some ideas my way and help me stumble upon the one that is going to make my "work" a labor of love.
Thanks in advance!