Please help me decide my next step
February 4, 2013 6:31 AM Subscribe
I have been feeling discouraged with my life since the last half of 2012 but this year I resolve to make definite changes. I am 25 and earning my living as a part-time software tester. I have been on food stamps since August. I make *just* enough every month to pay rent, pay bills, and save a little bit. I have been aggressively and earnestly looking for full-time work. I have an undergraduate social science degree from a good university but I have a terrible, terrible GPA. I have internship experience with policy research and analysis, and held jobs in nonprofit administration and development. My references are excellent but my resume is pretty patchy.
posted by anonymous to work & money (9 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I am leaning towards two courses of action:
1.) Stick to my software testing gig, learn as much as I can, and "see where it goes" (My boss is a good mentor who genuinely wants to see me level up and succeed) while aggressively looking for any full-time job I can get.
2.) Take steps towards a graduate degree in Economics (my undergraduate degree is in Sociology). It is really the only field I see worth investing myself in. I am not mathematically savvy, but I am willing to put in the work and focus necessary. What I want to do, eventually, is work for a think tank in DC or in SE Asia. I don't mind starting over i.e. take community college courses, but I am undecided if it's the right time to take out loans for a M.A as I am not even sure if a M.A. in Economics will be useful in say, 5 years. I am also hoping that there is another avenue I can do what I want to do without having to get a Master's.
I really want to make the most out of the next 5 years of my life. I would appreciate any feedback.
Thank you very much.