Please help me plan for life after graduation!
December 9, 2012 4:42 PM Subscribe
I will be graduating soon and I have no idea what I want to do. I really don't want to be unemployed but it seems that way right now. What are your experiences? What helpful advice can you give me regarding on how I should proceed?
posted by cyml to Work & Money (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I apologize in advance if this sounds messy and confused. I don't really know where I stand in all this except I don't want to be aimless. Any thoughts/advice/tips you have regarding how to figure out what to do with your life after graduation will help.
I am in my third year at a relatively good university in Canada double majoring in Political Science and US Studies. I like political theory a lot and I mostly get good grades that are in the top 5-10% of the class in my political science courses but I'm not quite sure if academia is the path I want to embark on just yet. I'm not even sure if I can get into a masters program.
Moreover, my GPA is less-than-stellar since I pretty much bombed every class that didn't involve political theory. I'm on the mend now and I may stay a fifth year to bring up my GPA but the damage from first, second, and most of this semester is done. I've dealt with my issues though and I'm more than confident that I can bring it up to speed. However, because of my horrible performance in the past, I haven't been able to get into a co-op program so that is dead to me also.
I really have no idea what I want to do. I entered university with the expectation that I was going to become a lawyer but since then, I have discovered that I'm not cut out for that type of job at all.
Like most students, I will be coming out with debt and I'm really stressed out over this. My family is not wealthy and they can't help me out. If I stay at home, I will have to pay rent and help out. I don't have anywhere to just 'chill' for a bit while I figure things out. I am also expected to help out with my family's finances so I really can't be a deadbeat. I guess I will get a job at a grocery store or something while I wait it out, but that really isn't ideal because I have people that are counting on me and I feel like I need a career path. I don't just need an income, I also need a direction.
I like travelling, meeting people. I love political theory and I really do like writing. I wouldn't be opposed to a job in the government, but I don't even know what sort of opportunities are available.
How did you guys deal with the whole post-graduation thing? I feel like my past performance has closed a lot of doors and now I'm feeling lost and stressed over my lack of direction.
Also, can you think of any jobs that I should consider that I haven't already?
Finally, while I don't know if academia is my thing, I am intrigued by the idea of getting a masters. I don't know if that is a good idea, or if it's impossible to someone in my position, and if it's something that is worth my time and money. I am the first in my family to enter university so I have no idea what education beyond my level is like. I don't know anyone with that experience.