Unique degree - now where to apply?
July 12, 2012 9:00 AM Subscribe
I just graduated from a unique/specific master's program and now I'm searching for jobs. Are there any places I'm leaving out of my search?
posted by theuninvitedguest to Work & Money (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I graduated with a degree in gastronomy (the study of food and culture) in May and now I'm searching for a job. It's hard because this is one of those degrees that doesn't have a straightforward career goal in mind and I'm not even sure what I want to do (which I know is not great). I also have certificates in the culinary arts, baking arts, artisan cheese, wine, and I'm ServSafe certified. Basically I wanted to learn food hands-on AND also study the ideas behind food choices, culture, etc. Food is the only thing I have an unwavering passion for.
Before the program I worked in politics and copywriting. I have been applying to a lot of food-centered organizations and companies that are in need of communications people. When I first entered the gastronomy program, I imagined I would work for a food policy nonprofit or the like. But now I can see myself doing many different things. I kind of "fell" into all of my previous jobs and they really worked out well.
So far I've looked at jobs at food publications, with the government (USDA), with the Food Network, PR agencies that specialize in chefs/restaurants and various nonprofits. I am not super-picky about where I live, but I have mainly been focusing on Boston, Chicago and New York for various reasons. I am extremely interested in Scandinavian food culture and would love to live in Norway, Finland, or Sweden, although I don't even know where to start and I know how expensive it is. (Money is a big issue as I have to pay my student loans - I can't afford an internship).
I know this is a very open-ended question, but sometimes it helps to talk about your job search with people because they come up with companies, organizations, and even types of jobs that may never have crossed your mind.