All these jobs and I can't tell which one fits!
April 22, 2012 10:01 AM Subscribe
I have the degrees. Now where do I go to feel worthwhile?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (4 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I have graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and an MBA after that. I'm currently somewhat underemployed, but I'm confident that I can find something that is a step up. The problem is that the only ones I seem properly educated for appear to also be the kind that will destroy me from the inside.
I'm best suited to the analytical/research areas of business, but I have to admit that I've hit a bit of a frustrating wall in finding what works and it's the only time my Google-fu fails me. "Career idea" sites and books like What Color Is Your Parachute are usually too vague or desperately miss the mark. The most likely suggestions that I have heard have been title research/landman, market analyst, and tech QA. I'm just afraid that the former two would feel both very stifling and ethically dodgy, while the latter feels like a dead end field unless I decide to learn programming beyond simple scripting.
What I'd really like to find would take advantage of my research/analytical skills. I don't need to save the world, but I'd prefer to sleep well at night knowing what I did would be considered beneficial. I know I'd be at entry level or close to it, which I'm okay with. I'm far more flexible on wages than most of my fellow MBA holders, but I'd really like to find something that starts out over $35k/year, depending on cost of living. I'm not tied down, so I can move nearly anywhere and travel as much as the job requires. I am willing to sacrifice money for good benefits such as flexible hours and time off whether paid or unpaid. I would really like to avoid direct public customer service if at all possible, otherwise I'd just stick with hotel management. I hear about consulting or archivist work, but I can't find any relevant details that appear to be legitimate.
Other notes of qualification-
I am in my late 20s. I am not a CPA nor remotely close to obtaining that title. I do have a few years of experience in the hotel industry, but I have yet to figure out how to parlay that into anything that is not general management of a franchise hotel. I am in the central-southern USA, but I have no trouble moving if there are good opportunities to be had. I am open to work that is not particularly related to my degree. I am open to further education, but I am not willing to spend three or four years before starting work.
So Metafilter, please help me. What sort of job titles should I -really- be looking for where I am qualified enough to get my foot in the door? Are there hotel-based jobs that don't involve angry customers on a regular basis? Would market analysis or title research be less stifling and more fulfilling than I think? Am I suited for one of these "consulting" jobs and I just don't know where to look?
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