Should I get an IT job or travel overseas?
February 2, 2012 3:44 PM Subscribe
I graduated from college a few months ago with an IT degree, but my heart is not in it. I also just got a certification to teach English overseas. Should I work in IT or travel overseas?
posted by deeba to Work & Money (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I’m 24 and just I graduated a few months back with a BS degree in Information Technology. The thing is, I don’t know if I want to work in it. I I got my degree from an overseas school in New Zealand. I liked the whole international experience and would like to live overseas again.
Due to this, I got a ESL teaching certification after I got back to The States in December. I have also been studying Russian for a while and would love to teach English in Russia as a way to travel and improve my Russian to fluency level. My concern is that if I go overseas and teach for a year or so, I will not be able to get a “proper job” when I get back.
I’m not concerned about not being able to work in IT as I know my skills will be out of date by that point which is fine with me. I’m concerned that I won’t be able to get any type of decent job. I don’t want to be a teacher for the rest of my life and I would like to have a job where I can earn a decent amount of money. Money was the main reason I went into IT to begin with, but my heart is just not in it. However, I don’t want to risk setting myself up to struggle with getting a professional job once I get back to the US. After teaching abroad for a year or two what kind of job prospects will I have?
Keep in mind, if I do get a teaching job, I will be able to get fluent in Russian which will be a skill to add to my resume. However, I don’t think that’s that useful and I don’t want to set myself up a few years down the road to be poor and unable to get a decent job. Any insight?