What should I do after I graduate (museum/non-profit/other)? Where should I live (stay in New York or go elsewhere)?
I'm about to graduate (OK, I'll eventually
graduate) with a BA in Philosophy. Halfway through my degree, I decided I don't want to go into academia and I'm pretty sure I don't want to go into philosophy. Also, I currently live in NYC and I'm not really sure about the job market here...I've lived here three months, and I still can't find a part-time job (applied to everything from barista to jewelry designer's assistant). I can't even get a volunteering gig! (They all want experience I don't have.) So I might have to transfer back to my old school (W&M), but in any case, I'd like to start getting an idea of what to do with my life...and, incidentally, which cities would be good to live in to do so.
Basically, my goal is to teach, but not in a school environment. I was thinking about possibly being a "museum educator" at a children's museum, but I don't know much about science, art, or history. I'm planning on applying as a volunteer at the Brooklyn Children's Museum, though. I also might like to work in (the education dept. of?) an arts and/or LGBT non-profit, but I don't really know how well that pays. Not to mention I don't really know the job market for either of these things. Are there any other ideas I might consider?
I can't change my BA, but it's not too late to go to grad school if necessary. I have mediocre grades (cum 3.7, but with an early semester of F's and a track record of four schools), and not many skills or much experience (I had an awesome job at a science museum for eight months, but that was three years ago). I can write pretty well, I guess, but I don't want to be in an office doing editing or data-entry all day long. I'm worried that whether I'm in New York or Virginia, I won't be able to get a lot of volunteer or internship experience (for two different reasons--either no jobs or too many applicants).
Also, are there any cities with a reasonable creative/music (and LGBT) scene with a better job market than New York, or is the job market this bad everywhere? I've been recently sold on Portland, ME
, but I'm worried it might be too small and possibly skews middle-aged. I'd like to stay in New England due to my severe allergy to the South (no, really), or the Northwest cause I don't like the sun anyway.
Also, bonus question: How the heck do you get an entry-level job from out-of-state?!?!