Practical career advice needed.
January 13, 2014 7:09 PM Subscribe
After a depressive episode and changing my major a million times, I'm finally reaching out for help in figuring out what to do for the rest of my life.
posted by squirtle to Education (19 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
So, the depressing fact is I'm heading towards my 5th year at community college and I still don't know what to do with my life. I was pre-med for a bit, but that route kind of fell on its ass when a professor refused to add me to a major pre-requisite class. As a result, UC Berkeley and UCLA rescinded my admission.
Then I had a "fuck everybody" attitude that stemmed from the above misfortune, and decided my sole purpose in life was to make as much money as possible. I changed my major to business and my goal to work at Wall Street.
THEN after a depressive episode, suicide attempt, and tons of medical bills going to collections later, I discovered a passion for cooking to keep my mind occupied. However, I am not fully convinced I need to go to culinary school (nor have the money...or credit to borrow) when I could work my way up at restaurants like Gordon Ramsay did. Eventually I'd like to start a food blog and maybe open a restaurant, but I'd like a career in something practical to fall back on because opening a restaurant is risky and that my chance of being the next Ree Drummond is slim.
Currently I am unemployed and took a break from school to recover from depression. I've been researching about majoring in astronautical engineering, but then I almost always have a panic attack due to the uncertainty of the future. Not having an established goal to work towards is a bit distressing, like life has no meaning. I keep thinking I should go back to my pre-med track because I've already started it and that familiarity is comforting.
Here are some of my traits:
-I like the challenge of my science classes.
-I like to think about how science applies to cooking.
-I'm creative and a perfectionist.
-I have a good work ethic.
-A Bachelor's Degree is enough to get me a high-paying career.
-Grad school is mostly subsidized by the company.
-Something that gives me fulfillment, like I contributed to the world.
I need personal anecdotes on the day-to-day as well as career advice because I have a tendency to idealize careers and end up disappointed that real life doesn't measure up to my imagination.