Choosing a career
January 1, 2013 5:12 PM Subscribe
What kind of jobs would allow a young college graduate to do interesting intellectual work at his/her own pace without too much socializing?
I recently graduated from a small, liberal arts college and took a job as an AmeriCorps teacher at a middle school for girls who qualify for free or reduced lunch (a common measure of socio-economic status in schools.) So far, the job has been difficult. The hours are generally long (the school is extended day) and some of the students are difficult to discipline. However, I always thought I was going to be a teacher. Now, I'm not sure if I want to. I feel like I'm not comfortable socializing with other teachers (because I'm generally shy), and the job makes me stressed out and nervous. I like to work alone and at my own pace. However, I don't know of any jobs that really allow for this. As a student, I liked to spend a lot of time on my own, reading and writing. The natural step for an English major liked me seemed to be teaching, but it doesn't seem right for me. Can anyone recommend a potential career that might fit me?