Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
What is a good career to get into?
I need career advice, and considering this is a horse forum it's not the ideal place, but there are lots of people from different walks of life so I thought maybe I could get some good advice.
I'm a recent university graduate, however what I did my degree in is pretty useless so I've been trying to get jobs lately but I'm just not competitive enough, and without any specific knowledge or experience I'm way outclassed in a lot of graduate entry level positions.
Unfortunately, how the job market is now, the positions I might be able to get are pretty much retail and low level clerical that don't offer much opportunity for advancement so I'm looking to do some further education in a field/industry that will hopefully offer good employment prospects (or at least better) and suit me. I just don't know what that is. For a while I thought the best bet was just to work for a while to figure stuff out, but there aren't really any career jobs out there, I've had some casual work here and there but I need something more.
Here is a bit about me (the real me not the me I put on applications!) - I'm a good worker but I'm a bit intense about it. I have tasks and I work towards them. I work great alone needing little supervision, and will happily take initiative and responsibility for my own work and my own tasks and this is how I work best, so I prefer environments that aren't so team based. I'm not really a people person, I prefer dealing with information which is why I don't work great in retail/hospitality etc because I'm just not good with people and they're not great with me.
My ideal job would be a writer, either an author, or editor, someone who drafts things however this isn't too realistic as it's a shrinking industry, and something I will pursue on my own time.
I've been thinking other ideas, like IT (programming maybe? - I'm good with logic and computers) or even something like environmental science but I just don't know, I don't know if there are any real career opportunities in these, and if it is worth investing the time and money in further study. I'd prefer not to go back to uni, so just like a one or so year course but that doesn't qualify you for much.
What other options are out there? Any advice?