Be my career counselor?
February 12, 2014 12:32 PM Subscribe
I'm a college biology major. Everyone I know is applying to medical school, but the idea of medical school scares me. I'm not qualified for jobs in my field. Can you help me identify alternative jobs or careers? I have some experience with radio, GIS, and computer-y things like Python.
posted by A. mellifera to Work & Money (19 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a college senior majoring in biology, with a meh GPA (3.6) at a top 30 university. Everyone I know from high school is applying to medical or pharmacy school, but I don't have any plans for after graduation. Everyone in my family is in law. I feel that I would be good at it, but the job market is bad, and I'm tired of school, and MeFi has pretty much scared me out of it.
I don't feel that I'm qualified for biology jobs. A lot of the entry-level biology research jobs I've seen have required two to three letters of recommendation, and I don't even know who I'd ask. I don't have strong relationships with professors. Additionally, while I have lab experience, I don't have research experience. When recruiters have looked at my resume, I have actually seen their faces fall.
I do my best work when I'm interested in what I'm doing. I am a leader and a superstar in the campus media-based clubs I'm in (think radio). If I could, I would spend all of my time working on projects for those organizations. However, it looks like I'm not qualified for public broadcasting or regulatory jobs, and the internships I've seen have only been for people returning to college in the fall.
I love broadcasting, and I enjoy teamwork, working with people, and writing. I'm very detail oriented, and I love solving problems. I have some experience with audio editing programs, ArcGIS, Python, and computer repair. I have also interviewed people on behalf of my university in the past, and I really enjoyed it.
Are there any jobs or careers you would suggest?
Because I know someone will suggest this: I have already made an appointment with my school's career advising office.