Since I’ve been home, I’ve been trying to figure out what should be the next step when I come back to America. My plan so far is to finish a full year with BEDA then if I have money saved I’ll backpack through Asia. But after that, I need a plan and that plan needs to be made soon.
If I want to get a master’s I will have to study for the GRE, write my personal statement, and figure out the schools I want to apply to. Or if I plan to not go to graduate school, I need to build my portfolio now, network as much as possible, look at where I can move to get the most opportunity and pick up skills now that will make me marketable. Even though I have a whole year to think it through I need to do a lot within that year to make things happen. One thing, I try to keep in mind is that plenty of successful people were in worst positions than I at my age.
Pros & Cons
I have my degree with a major in Psychology and a minor in Professional Writing. I’d like to get a master’s in Communications or Public Relations. My internship was in Professional Writing at the KiMo Theater. So I made a list. My ideal job would be in travel branding or entertainment public relations. Mostly, I want to work in communications and see where I end up. Realistically, I’d start in copy writing and work up with or without a master’s degree.
|Pros of Graduate School||Cons of Graduate School|
Making a Decision
I’ve been tossing and turning with what to do. I’ve talked to professors, created lists of school and talked to college advisors. I honestly still don’t know what to do. Part of me just really doesn’t want to go to graduate school simply because it’s a lot of paperwork. The other part of me truly doesn’t want to end up at a dead end job.
I see people with master’s degrees from prestigious universities mixing my cocktails for a living or managing retail stores. It is so competitive out there, my little 2.7 GPA from a state university is laughable. This scares me so much because the reality is my resume is subpar and it’s cut throat out there.
I Know I’m Not Alone
Many of my peers have the same concern. What do we need to do to create our success? The worst case scenario if I get my master’s degree, is I get what I think is a dream job and then it turns out I hate it and actually would do better in something completely different. Then all this time and money was just to get another little line on my resume. Or if I don’t get my degree and move to Los Angeles or Seattle, I get there and just end up at a waitress job and can’t qualify for anything else. Then I just wasted a bunch of money to move somewhere where I can’t make the life I wanted.
I think everyone in their twenties has this quarter life crisis. I’ve talked about it before.I think the more everyone talks about their process the more others can find a away to form their own opinion. So hopefully this article helps others that are also questioning all their life choices.
Either way, I’m going to have a lot of fun traveling. Right now, I need goals for my blog, for publishing pieces and possibly picking up copy writing gigs so when I return to America I have a portfolio. This way whether I’m showing my portfolio to a graduate school or an employers, I can be a little more confident. But at the end of the day, I know I’ll be successful because I’m resourceful.