What do you do with a BA in English?
December 15, 2006 5:35 PM Subscribe
What are some possible career paths or jobs suitable for a helpful, problem-solving, researching, decision-making, disorganized, short-attention-spanned recent college grad?
posted by phoenixy to work & money (18 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
I’m a recent college grad. I have a job. It’s okay. But I’m looking, in the longer run, for something different. I’m trying to find a job that I would enjoy, then concentrate on getting the skills to land it. (That said, my degree was in English; I’m not looking to get, say, a Ph.D. in biochemistry.) I know what I want out of a job, but I’m having trouble finding the job titles that match up.
Though a bit shy, I very much like interpersonal contact and helping people. I also greatly enjoy problem-solving, researching the answers to questions, and making recommendations or decisions for which vendor to pick and the like. I’d rather fix things than create them from scratch. I prefer being constantly interrupted and having ten thousand things to juggle than having a long project that requires my undivided attention. I enjoy camaraderie. I did tech support in college and found that it had many of the qualities that I’d want in a job, but it’s hard to turn that into a career (without going in a direction that would end up moving me away from the aspects for which I liked it).
Careers I have considered that might meet some of these criteria: QA engineer, sales engineer, law. MeFites, does your job, or that of someone you know, sound like it might match?
BTW, I have checked out Meyers-Briggs and other personality test based career recommendations but found them of limited value. I've also tried my school's career counseling office.