What sort of career and field best suits my personality, interests, and long-term desires? Be my free aptitude test. Yes, it's one of those questions! I'm sorry!
I'm female, in my mid-twenties, and looking to return to university for a master's degree of some sort, but I'm not sure which path I should aim to take. Long story short, all the things I'm most
"naturally talented" in don't pay well or consistently, are annoying to do for a living, or are evolving/dying in a slow, somewhat awkwardly embarrassing fashion. None of that is ideal, and it's even less ideal in a recession. So, I'm looking at other options that are more financially stable but still offer some flexibility. I do intend to talk to university counselors as I come nearer to acting on all this, but I'd like some casual advice now to help me get started! Assume I'm stupid when you give me advice because I do in fact feel quite clueless!
My (Australian, though I'm a Yank and back in America) bachelor's degree from 2009 is in the social sciences. I'm not sure where that puts me in terms of a starting point, and I'm guessing it might vary from one university to another, so, for now, I'm more interested in just figuring out what best fits my interests and long-term goals/dreams. If nothing else, this will help me know what kind of questions I should ask a counselor later on. I will probably be in Washington state for all of this, if that's helpful to know.
- By far, my writing and editing skills. For reals, y'all, and not just because my mom said.
- I'm a geek with lots of computer skills. Web design is what I currently do--graphics, front-end design (HTML, CSS). I don't go into programming, however. That just makes me want to throw something, like punches.
- I'm told I'm a good teacher and listener. I enjoy helping people who have a problem that needs solving.
- For some quirky reason, I'm good at organizing boatloads of data and making it usable for others.
- I feel like I have a lot of general knowledge. It doesn't do me much good, but it's there!
- Weak points:
- Math, though I'm sure I could get my act together if needed.
- I'm not sure I like it about myself, but I'll be honest and say I don't handle very strict working environments that well. I don't "act out" or anything, but I feel stifled and unhappy in them and know I don't meet my full potential. By default, I am probably better in slightly casual places, at the very least. I'm just not a dress suit, briefcase-in-my-smartphone every day kind of person.
- I think I'm a bit of a socially awkward penguin!
- I've tried to put the following in order of my interest level, while excluding all the creative interests that lead to the life of a starving artist:
- Sociology: most kinds.
- Psychology: most kinds. I think I'd make a good psychologist. (Downside is I'd need even more education for this.)
- Education: secondary or tertiary.
- Health sciences: matters of education/awareness, nutrition, genetics, biotech.
- New media theory/psychology/law. One of my undergrad degree majors more or less covers this.
- Copyright law: think EFF.
- Things I'm not
- Anything involving lots of driving. I hate driving. I doubt any of the above would require a lot, but I'm just throwing this out there. I hate it that much.
- Marketing/advertising. In the event that souls exist, I'd like not to have sold mine.
- Working with young children or the the very elderly on a frequent basis--infrequent is okay. (Hmm, does this make me a bad person? Hope not...)
- Journalism--been there, done that, no thanks.
- Technical writing / copywriting. It's creative writing I love, unfortunately.
- Potential Issue:
- As passionate as I am about reading up on some of my interests, I'm worried that some of the fields they would put me in would not allow for much international flexibility. I'm not sure I want to stay in the U.S. forever, but regardless, I would like to do some work abroad on a work visa. (Or I could on a marriage visa in Australia or New Zealand, as my husband has citizenship in both.) I'm not sure being in a line of work that is very concerned with U.S. customs and laws will be that conducive to working abroad, much less migrating more permanently to some places.
That's me and where I am right now. I'm looking for any advice concerning fields to research or even cautionary tales. Oh, and I've already looked over similar questions and the Bureau of Labor Statistics
, the latter of which really gave credence to my assumption that editing was well and truly dying.
Lay it on me--oh, and thank you!