Tell me how you found your career.
March 26, 2013 3:59 PM Subscribe
I'm a really bad student, but I want to do something I love and get paid decently for it. Tell me what to do.
posted by madsy to Work & Money (18 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I'm in a top Canadian university (if that is even a thing...), with a really shitty GPA - 2.3 on a 4.33 scale. If you only count courses towards my majors, then it jumps to a 3.2 which is still pretty bad. I'm not getting bad marks because I don't understand the material. I'm getting bad marks because I generally hate school and I find it difficult to go to class. I probably shouldn't have went to university, but everyone makes it seem like it is absolutely necessary to obtain a decent-paying job so I went.
Except, I'm a social sciences major. I have had dead-end jobs in grocery stores and such but I went to university so I wouldn't have to do that for the rest of my life. Except, this degree is most certainly not job training. I don't really have a skill to market. It's not like I can go around telling people that I can do A or I can do B. I don't really know what I can do except for read and write. As a result, I'm really at a loss here because I don't know HOW to market myself. I feel like this degree added NOTHING to my resume and I'm really not sure how to proceed. Also, the bad marks don't really help my situation at all.
So what should I do? Should I stay a year to boost my GPA and get into business, law or grad school so I can learn some job skill? What did you do? Did your career find you or did you find your career?
I'm already frantically trying to get into some internship programs and stuff, but it's hard. A lot of them are unpaid and I simply cannot take a whole summer off for this. I also feel like I'm not doing enough to find a job but I also don't really know what I should be doing since I don't even really know what I should do.