Unemployed and demoralized. Should I go back to school?
June 23, 2014 7:08 PM Subscribe
I just graduated from college. I have had absolutely zero luck finding a job. Should I go back to school for computer science?
posted by topoisomerase to Education (26 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Hey Internet. I graduated in May with an apparently useless degree (a B.S. in biology, in case that's relevant) from a good school in the Boston area. I'm still unemployed, despite networking and applying for all kinds of jobs and going on a few interviews. I haven't even been successful in finding a retail job. I'm just...really sad. I had to leave the Boston area, which I loved, and move back home. I was really involved in extracurricular activities in college, and it feels awful having an empty inbox and endless free time.
I do small projects in Python as a hobby, and I always enjoyed programming. I took two computer science classes in undergrad (an intro class and a data structures class), and I did well in them, but I've never been the sort of person who is "good" at math. I ended up talking myself out of taking more computer science courses in undergrad because of that. I regret it.
Also, everyone I know who stayed on and majored in computer science is happily employed.
Is it a dumb idea to go back to school for computer science? If not, what sort of a degree should I be looking for? A certificate, a second B.S., or something else? Are there classes or something that I should take to make sure that it's for me? Or some sort of programming bootcamp you'd recommend?
I'm living in the NY metro area for now, I have free time (see: unemployed), and I'm desperately looking for things to do (see: demoralized, lonely, unhappy).