Help me figure out my future.
March 26, 2012 2:56 PM Subscribe
A bit panicky: What do I do with my life after graduation?
(A question old as time, of course, but one with its own distinct circumstances. My prospects aren't dire - I just don't know what I should be looking to do.)
posted by LSK to Work & Money (11 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm graduating this semester with a degree in economics, and minors in psychology and sociology.
I've heard back "no" from three of the five graduate schools I applied to. Two others still haven't gotten back to me either way - I'm told it's a good sign if they take this long to reply, but I'm still not going to make any assumptions about whether I'll get in.
More importantly: I've somehow managed to miss all the deadlines for major summer activities, in part because I forgot I'm still technically going to be an undergraduate over the summer.
How do I go about:
- finding something fun or productive to do for the summer?
- finding a job for the future, using my skills?
All the jobs I've seen ask for some amount of experience which I don't have. My only experience relavant to a career is about 15 months of undergraduate research in social psychology, which is great, but not what jobs are asking for.
If it helps, I'm enthusiastic about multiple hobbies, to the point that I set aside at least 30 minutes each day to sit down with them. These include the following three:
playing the accordion
board game design
I would love to publish a board game, and will likely do so regardless of what else I do, but it's not a realistic route to a living and won't pay any dividends for a fair amount of time.
I want to take off the parental safety net and be able to pay off my loans ("only" $20,000) in around 5 years if possible.