I have a BA degree in history. I am searching for a career and after long consideration I don't think pursuing a Masters/PhD in history is worth the time, stress, and still lack of career prospects. I want a career that pays decent (35K and up) with some insurance benefits. Some advice would be appreciated on where I can go from here. This BA was possibly the biggest mistake I have ever made but I now want to try to undo the damage done.
I can go back to Grad school but with a history degree I am rather limited in what I can pursue a masters in. Accounting is so far the only graduate program that accepts non-accounting students. If there are other good fields out there I would love some input.
Should I be certified in a specific trade or field? Could I be certified to do something in machinery or in the medical profession?
I just want a career that can get me out of my parents house. And military is an absolute last resort.
Also, teaching at the bad schools in Texas(and pretty sure other states) will get you lots of perks. Massive grants to buy houses, pay off huge chunks of your school loans and so on.
Hazard pay. You'll earn every nickel.
Of course, there's always *Gasp!* Federal Civil Service. Although with the current Economic/Political situation, you're not going to see any routine annual pay raises for a while, the real deal is in getting your foot in the door and learning the ropes.
Any number of folks working in "the Intelligence Community" started out as general clerks, and took advantage of opportunities to to advance within the field. And, BTW, a BA in History is useful.
if nothing else, work any contacts you have in the business community for employment leads.
If you're "hustling" (i.e., employed), you look better to the HR folks.
If you're so willing to get out of the house, start hunting down jobs that no one else wants to do. I'm a B.A. in History, but have been working as an accountant (albeit as a temp, my assignment ends in August). The company I work for just got underway a huge factory accountability project which involved a heavy amount of travel (a new city every day, often ones as distant as Salt Lake City and Topeka). The company lost one person originally assigned to the job and were desperate for someone willing to pull the long hours traveling. I jumped on the opportunity, received a two day crash course in systems engineering then was shipped around the country for a two month stint.
Even if you're totally unqualified for a job, a company will take the chance on you if they need someone for a difficult position that they can't find any candidate for.
That sounds amazing. Accounting is a field that I have developed interest in. I am actually trying to get the experience, but have no educational background in it and no luck finding an entry level position. I'm stuck with this BA in history but am willing to do anything just do be independent. Is that company you are with a national one or local?
It's international, actually. A Mexican-based multinational. I work for their American subsidiary.
I have no accounting experience. I got the job through a guy I play pick up basketball with. The company took a chance on a guy with 0 experience because the hiring manager (my friend's father) knew me to be a smart guy and a hard worker. It's all about who, not what, you know.
Oil and gas is booming right now. I worked for an O&G company right out of college for a little over a year, even though my education is in ag.
Money is good right now and they are hiring all over the place. You can attend a landman certification course in many states for a few hundred bucks and maybe tag along with a field landman to see how they work the courthouse. Or you can try applying for an office job like division orders, accounting, lease records or something like that.
If you want to work on a rig, you can apply with a drilling company. A lot of areas like North Dakota, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, etc. are drilling so fast, they need all the hands they can get. You'll make a lot of money, but it's a rough job and can be a rough life (rough areas, drugs, etc.). It can also be dangerous. Most roughnecks start when they're young, make a bunch of cash, and get out.
I enjoyed my job for a while (landman), and it's definately a good field to be in right now, but I'm just not cut out for company life. I'm an aggie at heart, so I returned to the ranch. But energy is worth looking into. I know lots of guys who graduated college not knowing what to do and ended up going into energy, both on the rig and in the office.