Posted: Jun 23, 2012 1:41 pm
by Teshi
To mean it sounds like you're floundering a bit because you don't really know what it's like to work in any given career. Anything you are considering is guess.

My recommendation is to graduate and not apply to any further education yet. In my experience, most schools require you to show an interest at the very least, if not some actual experience, and it sounds as if you haven't got a keen interest in anything yet. Get a job doing something part-time that brings in money, and start volunteering where you can-- I did this out of school and the experience I got is still paying dividends in my life.

If you think you might like to help people in difficult situations, there are plenty of people around in your town or city who need help. Lots of people volunteer in Old People's homes for example, or for the poor, or with disabled people (esp. adults) or with disadvantaged children or teenagers. It will give you a sense of the kind of work involved and the community of people involved and also the spectrum of jobs available.

If you're more interested in something more technical and less people-y, you can volunteer in a huge variety of places which will allow you to do something they can quickly train you to do. I stuck plants on paper for inclusion in a herbarium half a day a week, for example, and volunteered at the very local TV station behind a camera or behind a row of buttons, or keeping track of the clock.

Getting a sense of what the job is like, what the community in the job is like and what it's like to work a normal work week and in part time work is an important part, I believe, in the journey towards deciding what you not only want to do but also are capable of doing semi-happily.

Don't pay out more for school when you don't have the money or the interest. Do things first, figure out what your interest is, and then go back to school.