-Graduated, job fell through, moved home, feel stuck in rural New England
-Small portfolio for video game art, with some polishing I'm confident I could land an alright job
-I'd really, really like to live somewhere new and exciting
Graduated a couple weeks ago, and plans I had to go abroad for an internship fell through and left me in a really tough situation. Since I had this job seemingly lined up, I felt comfortable planning to move all my belongings out and going home for vacation before I left. Right before I was going to leave for home, I was informed that my employment had been reconsidered and I didn't have the job.
Frankly I didn't want to just hang around, take a dead end job to pay rent, and still be around campus but without the excitement of student life. I'd seen friends stagnate after graduation, so I figure I just needed to get out first and foremost. Now I'm at home, in rural New England where there's not a lot going on.
I want to work in the video games industry, and I think I've got enough of a portfolio to land me a job of some kind. So my options are:
1. Stay at home for now, get focused on polishing portfolio for a couple weeks and apply to game companies in the region.
2. Move back to place I went to school because I know the area and might be able to get a job more easily (it IS easier to get around, and I like it better than New England)
3. Try to line up something like an English teaching job in another country so I can get out and do something new. I'd love to visit Southeast Asia.
4. I have a kind of general engineering degree (with coursework focused in video game design), so I could try to find a decent job totally unrelated to game design or art and just get some money saved.
Feelin kinda down at the moment, if anyone's got advice or been in a similar situation, I'd be grateful to hear about it.