In my post Wednesday about the disappointments of academia, reader eep asked, essentially: Well then, what can I do with my humanities degree, if grad school is not for me, or I am not for grad school?
It’s a great question, and one that probably has resonance for a many people in our little community, including me. After all, if/when I give up trying to make this college professor thing happen (seriously, it’s like “fetch”), I’m at a loss of what else I might try to do, in this horrible economy that doesn’t really value my credentials.
As another reader, Alice, mentioned, going to grad school at least seems like a steady, respectable thing to do by parents and friends. Certainly more so than waiting tables or folding v-necks, but what else can a recent grad do when the chips are down, through no fault of your own?
Well, probably a lot of things.
We have a lot of smart and well-educated readers, who have seen and done a lot of different things, started over, dealt with all these slings and arrows. So it would be super cool to develop the conversation that started over there (with the suggestion to teach English overseas), with suggestions and encouragement for people in eep’s situation.
If you didn’t move straight from your training to your profession, what did you do? (If you did: lucky.) What would you recommend others try that they might not have considered? How did you get into your current line of work? And until you figure out your dream career and how to get it, what are the best ways to keep body and soul together?