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QUESTION Mar. 25th, 2004 @ 07:10 pm
Anyone ever heard of a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies? If so, what do people think of it? Do you think it holds any weight?

Hello, folks! Mar. 14th, 2004 @ 12:13 pm
So this has been a heavy week for me as far as being annoyed with the job market.
  • This is my rant on a horrendous little job I had, last week.

  • This is is my rant on the current job market

  • Just as a survey to get to know everyone, I'm wondering:
    1. What's everyone's education level?

    2. What different jobs/career choices have you considered in the past? What do you see yourself most doing in the future?
    Mood: determined

    Feb. 21st, 2004 @ 12:13 pm
    Hey Everyone,
    I'm currently a confused undergrad. I'm 24. I live at home with my parents, in San Francisco. I will graduate in 2 years, and live with my parents until then. I'm terrified of graduating because I have no idea what I will do.

    I've changed my major quite a few times, from Creative Writing to International Relations back to Creative Writing to Psychology to Journalism. So, I am currently a journalism major and afraid that I'm not going to be very good at it.

    I have no skills, really.

    All I know is that I want to move to New York.
    Mood: complacentcomplacent

    Some thoughts to start with Feb. 12th, 2004 @ 12:12 pm
    Hi, all. Another semi-frustrated academic refugee, here. Apologies for the rough nature of the following...these are some of my thoughts, just as I'm able to sketch them out at the moment.

    My particular problem is that while I'm happy enough with parts of what I do, the parts don't seem to add up, somehow, to a satisfying whole. There are elements of my personality that either aren't engaged by my work or that I'm afraid to show where people can see, and I worry that I'll always feel as though I'm suppressing parts of myself. I suppose it's the way of the world--you take a job and you conform yourself to its expectations, at least while you're at work. Everything else, you do secretly or on your "own time," so far as such exists. But I can't help dreaming about finding some job where I'd feel free to be pretty much myself all the time--to speak and act without fear, to not be actively suppressing myself so much of the time. I haven't quite figured out whether this is really a problem with me--maybe I'm too shy all around--or a problem with my career path as such. Either way, I know that I'm not developing as a person as much as I'd like. I want to be actively engaged with my life, not slogging through it in a forever-deferred hope of happiness.

    I keep wondering: would having a better social life fill the holes? Do I need to take up some hobby that would fill some of the emotional gaps--learn to play an instrument, say D--- THEM and get myself space in a ceramics studio? Or are the holes a clear sign to me to change my goals? I can't figure it out. I feel as though I'm on the most likely path--I can't think of a better one, yet--but I have a lot of doubt.

    The other fear that haunts me is that I'm just doomed to be dissatisfied until whatsoever time as I happen to really grow up. Maybe I'm just an immature snotling, incapable of counting my blessings and too prone to shirk my share of the world's work. Maybe I have to suffer for another 20 years before I can achieve the calm of maturity. Now, that's not much fun to contemplate.
    Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful

    Feb. 12th, 2004 @ 09:01 am
    hi guys.

    my name is michelle, and this is my third year in college. i'm a history major with a minor in gender studies. i'm graduating in december, after studying abroad in august. my parents are all up in my grill about what i'm gonna do when i'm done. (can't they just be satisfied that i'm graduating? get outta my face! :-) ) i think i'm gonna go to grad school, but i know that i'll have to find a job asap when i get back from europe. i suppose i need to figure out grad school stuff first, but i still have no ideas as to what i want to do.

    does anyone have problems with figuring out what sort of job you would be able to do with the qualifications you have? i'm scared shitless about some jobs...i dunno if i could handle being a prof or even museum work. i'd love to be a professor i think, but i suppose that depends on if i keep the passion i have for gender studies and history. :)

    good luck to everyone...i'm sure we'll all post more later!

    Other entries
    » Hi
    I just joined after seeing the advert in the Academics_anon community. I had to laugh a little bit when I saw the post because it seems like the last few weeks for me (a second-semester Junior undergrad, poli sci major) have been extremely stressful as graduation looms and the pressure to "know" what to do afterward builds. The most frustrating thing for me is that everyone I've talked to seems to come at my problem with the assumption that I know what my interests are--I don't feel that I do.

    Anyway, that's just a little about me. This is a great community idea, I hope that it grows.
    » Welcome To careerconfusion
    My name is Laney.

    I've been battling with issues of career ambiguity.

    Having graduated college with a degree in Computer Science, I spent majority of my time having no clue at all what I want to do with my life (I only knew that it wasn't Computer Science). I've recently realized that writing is something I've always had a flair for, but even as I nurse various writing projects, I have no clue whether or not it can be made into a career, or how, or if that's what I truly want as a primary "career."

    While I figure it out, I've got bills just like everyone else and I'd like to work a job with steady, reliable income that fullfills me. I've created this community to reach out to anyone else on LiveJournal that has similar notions of comlpete cluelessness.

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