August 25, 2012 12:08 PM Subscribe
From public policy research to software consulting... tips how to find my niche?
posted by twentyfoursummers to Work & Money (3 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Two years after earning my Anthropology degree (I'm 24), I worked hard to develop skills and build a resume tailored to a career in public policy research and analysis. My long-term goal was to gain enough knowledge and experience so I can move back to my country and hopefully start a think tank/consulting firm.
I recently left my policy job - due to dysfunctional leadership, emotional burnout, feelings of futility, the environment was just wrong for me - and I'm now in software consulting. A former colleague who owns her own company offered me this job and was willing to take me under her wing. She trained me and talked about the possibility of teaching me senior-level skills in the future. I am grateful and see it as an opportunity to grow and diversify my skill set. My short-term goal is to do well, develop expertise, and build valuable connections.
I still want to go back to my country someday and start a think tank/consulting firm... but after being disillusioned at my last job, I feel pretty lost about my next step in achieving my long-term goal. At this point, I am "exploring" avenues where I can combine my interests in strategic research, public policy, law, politics, and development economics. Now that I am getting my feet wet in software consulting, I am not sure how my experience in this field will fit in the overall "equation."
I am not expecting concrete career advice, but I am interested in your suggestions/thoughts on my situation.