Questioning my decision to enter grad school. Now what?
April 9, 2012 1:53 PM Subscribe
I am stressing about my life post-graduate school. Special snowflake details after the jump.
posted by helios410 to education (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm 29 y/o male in my first year of graduate school. The program is geared towards design and technology. My entire time in school I have been having existential meltdowns due to the amount of student loans I am taking on, and I keep telling myself it will be worth it in the end.
As much as I enjoy the work in the program, I have this overwhelming feeling that I am going to be stricken with debt for years to come, and question how much of a boost this program is giving me in terms of being an attractive candidate for employment. Ideally I am aiming for a tech start-up here in NYC.
What has me questioning my viability for employment is my lack of real-world experience. A lot people in my program come from a design background. I don't, and I feel that I am always playing catch up. I think I had this vague idea that this would be solved with the courses I take. Unfortunately that has not happened.
I have been applying for graduate internships for the summer, and it appears that I do not have the portfolio necessary for these internships. So far I have applied to four internships, and have been rejected by two.
While I am not completely hung-up on getting an internship, this feels ominous, as if this is sign of a larger problem in terms of being employable.
I guess what I am looking for is advice on how to cope with this feeling of malaise.