This year's my final year of my degree. My psychologist asked me if I had any plans for next year. My original plan fell apart, so now I don't really have anything. Hmm. What could I look into?
So I didn't get shortlisted for the Danish KaosPilots
. Ouch. I'm still sad about it, but I've had two weeks to brood about it and it's time to move on.
Since I had been so single-mindedly focused on that one goal for the past six months, I didn't really consider Plans B, C, and so on. (I did consider that it would be a possibility, but I didn't spend too much time on it.) I had been pretty worn out from all that preparation and planning, so I'm taking at least this month off from anything along the lines of "my future" and just do random things for a while. If something strikes me as interesting, I'd apply for it, but I won't devote much time or energy on it.
I do still have to think about next year though. This is my final year; I'm finishing off all my required subjects this sem and have 4 electives free next semester. Deciding what to do after university isn't really a clear-cut process, as there are a few complex factors that need to be considered.
While I don't think I'm quite ready to devote my entire life to one pursuit (like I did before), and I don't want to commit to something just yet, I'd like to explore my options and just take a look at what seems interesting.
I'm interested in young people, non-traditional education, culture, community work, and making a difference. What could I do? What could I explore?
1. Apply for the KaosPilots in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) - it starts roughly around the same time as the Denmark school, but they seem a lot more excited about potentially having me (though I don't want to get my heart broken again!!)
2. Do a Masters or a Grad Dip in something - some courses that look interesting and are more the kind of stuff I'm interested in are the Non-Profit/Philantrophy stream in QUT's Business programs
(though I'm ineligible because they're part-time); International Comparative Education
and Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies
in Stanford; Arts in Youth and Community Development
in Columbia College Chicago; SIT Graduate Programs
; Humane Education
. Possibly also education in general, social work, or counselling. I'd rather it be more experiential and real-world as I'm sick of academic writing and learn best by doing, but I'm not sure how to search out this information.
3. Get a job in Australia. The main problem here is visas - to be eligible for the 18-month bridging visa, my job has to pay me at least $40,000/year - next to impossible for entry level, especially
in the creative industries/community services which are underfunded. The other option is to be sponsored by a company, but they need to have a lot of resources to prove that I'm better than any Australian candidate, and most of the companies that would otherwise be an excellent fit just can't afford to do so.
4. Get a job in Malaysia. No visa issues, but prospects are pretty low as there aren't as many opportunities.
5. Take some of my ideas and make them real (so this would also involve research on funding, project management, how I'll survive while I plan out my project...)
6. Apply for my dream job at UWP, if it's available
7. Take up the partial scholarship from The Scholar Ship
and travel for a sem - might need to reapply though. Alternatively, travel on similar programs (though funding would be an issue)
8. Take up BrainStore
's traineeship offer - 3 months in Switzerland. It's actually meant for this August but I could defer it.
9. Apply for a fellowship to something - I've applied to a couple that don't require much travel (and pay expenses if I have to). Sauve Scholars would be COOL. I'm not sure where to search for these though - most of the ones I find require you to already have a project in mind, but I want to find a project I can get involved with.
10. Stay at home, mooch off the parents. While desirable by my parents (who sometimes have Empty Nest Syndrome) I would be bored very quickly.
11. Travel, though this would eat up money mainly in visa fees (damn Bangladesh passport).
12. Do a second degree in something, or a random course that's more for fun than anything else
13. Try to be famous for...something.
As I've said before, I'm most interested in exploring possibilities than anything else, so feel free to toss me any suggestions - schools, programs, people, countries (particularly those not picky with visas), companies, visa advice, etc. Most of the best/most interesting ones tend to be US-specific, so anything that allows internationals would be best (e.g. an international City Year or Peace Corps).
If nothing else, just looking at all the ideas would get me a little more excited about life and lift me out from my dumps!