I graduated from college with a degree in computer science about a year ago, just as the tech bubble was in the process of spewing its guts all over the economy. I’ve been picking through the rubble ever since, looking for a company dumb enough to hire me for my virtually useless skill set. No luck so far.
It doesn’t help that I live in Oregon, where the ratio of out-of-work programmers to computer jobs is about 60 trillion to one. A wet-behind-the-ears college grad with no experience like myself can’t compete with a seasoned programmer who’s been coding for 5+ years in the industry. And since both of us will work for peanuts, it looks like I’m out of luck.
So I’ve decided to throw in the towel, go back to college, and find a new career while I’m still footloose and fancy-free.
I was never very hot on becoming a programmer anyway. I chose the major for two reasons: 1) everybody seemed to be making loads of money at it :rolleyes: and 2) I had to pick something in order to graduate.
So now that I’m ready to start over again with a clean slate, what field should I pursue? I want a degree that will make it easy for me to find a steady, dependable, well-paying job. I don’t want my CS degree to be completely wasted, so I’m thinking I should pick a field that would be nicely complemented by a background in CS.
I’m fairly technical-minded. I like science, especially the life sciences like biology or anthropology. Math is probably my weakest subject although I can hold my own in the advanced stuff like calculus if I set my mind to it. I don’t seem to have a single strong subject – I’m competent at almost everything I do.
I’m not a people person. I’m on the shy side and I’m not good at asserting myself, selling stuff, getting people to do my bidding, or socializing. I don’t fancy myself as a lawyer, salesman, businessman, or politician.
I’m not very ambitious and I don’t relish the idea of spending many years in school and falling deeply into debt to become a doctor. The idea of helping people appeals to me, but I don’t think I’ve got the stomach or the balls to survive medical school, much less practice medicine in the real world.
Does anybody have any suggestions, anecdotes, or advice that would help me come to a decision?
Thanks a lot!