Alright, so I am 22 and trying to figure out what to do with my life, so to speak. Brief time line: graduated high school four years ago, spent two years following in college. First year I was undecided, second year I was in the CIT program. (Computer & Information Technology). This required trigonometry, which I was terrible at and this led me to take a year off of school. I moved to Dallas for a while, blah blah, ended up working a few retail jobs that all paid terribly. Went back to school for the Fall 09 semester, took a crazy 17 credit hours to get my Associates in General Studies. After that, tried to get any kind of basic administrative job, no dice.
My mom owns a small business, offered me an administrative job on a project she got for the state's lottery. Job paid very well, but as the contract for it is almost up, I am out of a job here very shortly. So decision I am trying to make is if I should go back to looking for full time work, or if I should try going back to school in the fall.
The college I have attended previously was IUPUI, and that's where I would go back to. They offer a lot of majors, so there's quite a bit too choose from. However, I really am clueless as to what I would go back to school for. At the same time, the job market is still pretty bleak in Indy, so I don't know much where to look there. So I made lists of some of my strengths and weaknesses, maybe there's something in them that I'm missing.
Here's some areas that I was either very good at, or I'm very passionate about:
- I'm very organized
- Logic, I took a CIT logic course and loved it.
- SQL, this was in the logic course I took, I just remember loving using this program because it made a lot of sense to me
- I took a first level Japanese language course in Fall 09 and absolutely loved it. It was difficult, but it made me feel great when I succeeded.
- Literature, but not classic literature. I love reading. Usually very modern authors, such as Neil Gaiman. I also read some manga, and I've been getting into Graphic Novels.
- Technology. I love figuring out how things work, and I love working on my computer.
- Typing. Typing is something that comes very naturally to me.
- HTML. I don't think I was ever very spectacular at using HMTL, but I could do basic things with it quite easily, and I had fun writing things out by hand when I had to use it for a few classes.
- Stategy RPGs. I love meticulously planning out who is going ot go where, what to level up next, ect.
Here are some things I'm not that great at, or that I am disinterested in:
- Math. I am fairly decent at algebra, but once I get to the more complicated parts of math I am not very good. My grandpa has a PhD in math, my dad a masters, and so yea. Family doesn't understand much that I'm not great at it.
- Art. I am a terrible artist, even at the most basic drawings.
- U.S. History is extremely boring to me. I can never remember all the dates, names, all that jazz required with it.
- I have problems with Social Anxiety. Meaning, it's very difficult for me to pickup the phone and call people I don't know. Or it's hard for me to have lengthy conversations with people I don't know. Now, if someone calls me, I am usually ok at talking to them even if I don't know them. But yea. I have been working on this but it's still a problem for me.
- Sales. And by that I mean directly selling things to people. This is just not something I would be good at, as it makes me too interested. Now, if somoene wants my opinion on things so they can help pick one that will be best for them, great. But I can't push things on people.
Now there is of course also the issue of money. I know my parents will pay for my classes and books. That is not an issue. My brother is 25, still going back and forth on going to school and yea, my parents pay for his classes. Now in the past they have also helped pay for my rent, utilities, ect. Usually this all ends up being around ~$500 a month, and my mom has never said that that was too much. However, I now have an apartment with my boyfriend. In the past, my mom always said she wouldn't help me pay my bills in that situation. But for the Fall 09 semester (when I was living with him), she did give me $400 a month to help pay for bills. My boyfriend has a good job, but I will still need to cover my half of bills. So I will still need about $500 a month to be comfortable. I have some savings, but it's not nearly enough to go back to school and live on. Now I am VERY uncomfortable asking my parents for money, and student loans are out of the question for me.
Here is what I am asking: for those who have a Bachelor's degree, was it worth it? Is there something I can do to figure out a field of study that would be right for me? From what I have said my interests are, is there a general area that just screams, hey, look into me? Or would I be better suited just looking for a job? I know my boyfriend will be very supportive of whatever I decide to do, but he will not be able to help financially, so yea. Gotta find a way to pay my part of the bills. And I will be at my parents house tomorrow since I do our laundry for free there once a week. So I am gonna talk to my dad, see what he thinks I should do. And by the way, both my parents are highly educated with Master's degrees, so they do kind of want me to go to more school. But I want to hear your guy's experiences. Was it easier to find a decent paying job once you had a Bachelor's degree? Is the job market starting to get better and I just don't know it?
tl;dr Trying to decide between going back for more school to get my Bachelor's degree or find a job. Currently have an Associate's degree in General Studies and would have to pick an area of study for the Bachelor's. Want people's opinions, experiences they had from this level of schooling/ trying to find work.