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January 3, 2013 4:58 AM Subscribe
Help me consider interesting and unconventional career choices out of university
posted by awesomathon to Work & Money (4 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm in my early 20s and I'm going to graduate in politics from a London university in a few months, so I've suddenly been thrust into the world of career choices. I've applied for a few graduate schemes, including the civil service and tfl (as a transport planner), but although I think I'd enjoy these jobs if I got them, I'm pretty sure that anything like that sort of thing is going to leave a large part of me unsatisfied. So I'd like to explore some more unconventional career ideas to see that there is anything out there more in line with my values.
I'm aware that no job is going to make me totally fulfilled, all careers contain hard work and mundaneness and that satisfaction in life can also be found outside of work. Even so, I'd like to see what else is out there, even if the only purpose is to lay my vague ambitions to rest once I realise that they're not so appealing in concrete form with all the nitty gritty brought in. Life stories, personal stories, biographies, advice would all be very useful. The more radical and unique the better, consider it more an exercise in inspiration than practical advice. (Though practical advice about how to set about doing these things, or cold harsh reminders of the pitfalls of such a lifestyle are also very welcome).
I'm looking for this sort of thing:
* exploring the human condition, finding things out about the way we live, attempting to change the way that people live
* being radical and pushing boundaries, experimenting with various alternative ideas about life in a practical way
And then some more generic criteria:
* living in a big city
* opportunity to travel for work
* no set routine, being able to pursue various projects side by side
* opportunity to be in the public eye, high profile
* developing a specialist skill that is useful
* not particularly concerned about money, but I'm not an heir to a huge fortune, so enough to live on would be useful
So far I've thought of gonzo/immersion journalist/documentary maker. I really like what Louis Theroux and Jon Ronson do, in terms of exploring intruiging aspects of humanity. As an insight into my character, it's probably similar to these guys too. Not sure if I've made myself clear here, so feel free to ask some more searching questions!