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Teaching & post-grad career exploration

September 3, 2010

Teaching & Other Roadblocks
I keep coming back to teaching as a career I wished I’d pursued in undergrad.  But I’m a 25-year-old now, with bills and rent and a  full-time jobs. Responsibilities, in other words. When could I make the time?  I guess if it means enough to me, I will make the time, but that still begs the more relevant question: HOW?

This is a question I keep encountering as I consider various careers that interest me.
How interesting but elusive do some of the following sound:

  • magazine editor
  • communications consultant
  • interior designer
  • web marketing strategist
  • fashion merchandiser
  • event stylist
  • web designer
  • financial planner

…but how can I know if I’d really enjoy doing them? I think there is something missing in the high school and college experience, don’t you?  A crash-course in how to try-on the various hats and get tastes of different careers. Is there any guide out there for how to test-drive a career?  I have talked the ears off many of my college alumni, but in terms of actually trying out these careers, there isn’t much out there in the way of a road map.  I think that is why I write. I’m IN IT and I want to help my fellow grads out.  I have the will, so I’ll find the way!!

I think Northeastern University’s Co-Op Program is genius for this reason. It’s experiential learning. Will investigate further and post my finds in another post.  Stay tuned!

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  1. Brian permalink
    September 13, 2010 11:01 pm

    Wendy, I strongly agree. High school career counseling seems like a joke in hindsight, and even looking back to college, unless you proactively seek internships to ‘test drive’ a job, not much is offered. The extremely narrow focus in college on a career path seems limiting. Especially because after speaking with adults who have had careers for 10, 15 or 20+ years, MANY of them are in a career that isn’t even close to what they went to college for. So ultimately, a broader, try a little bit of everything approach may be more beneficial. That’s what I would go back and tell my 20 year old college self. Thanks for a great post!

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