Can anyone offer me a bit of career advice?
Hey fluther, it’s been awhile! So I finally graduated from college with a B.A. in Commercial Photography (yeah, pretty stupid right?) and now I’m ready to start my beaming career (hah!). Currently, I work part-time at Pier 1 Imports as a Sales Leader (a degrading term for a less important assistant manager with all the responsibilities but few perks). I make around $11/hr, usually get around 20–30 hours a week and I live with my parents for free. I have few expenses right now because my parents agreed to pay for my car and insurance while I was in school but now that I’ve graduated, I know that soon they will hand those expenses over to me. I was planning on going to grad school in Savannah (because I don’t know what else to do, I really like school, I really liked THAT school, and my parents were offering to pay) but unfortunately I was not accepted for the graduate program.
So now my parents and friends are telling me that I need a real job and I agree with them. I live in a small town so the odds of me finding a job in my field around here are slim to none. I will most likely have to relocate and I’m okay with that, though I’m not a big fan of large cities. I’m still in a bit of a rut from being rejected from the grad school of my dreams and I honestly don’t even know where to begin my career search. I have no idea what I want to do, I just know that I want to do something that relates to my field of photography.
Yesterday morning out of the blue, the store manager of the Pier 1 in Savannah called letting me know that their store has a job opening for the same exact job I have now but they are looking to fill it within the next 2–3 weeks. My younger friends say that I should move to Savannah right now and somehow see if I can take non-credit courses at the school I want to attend and then re-apply next year or just see what else I can find there. They say why not move and take a chance now while I am young and there is nothing holding me down… or whatever. My mother thinks I should move to Philadelphia, where I do have a lot of family to stay with, and find a job there where there is more opportunity for a job in my field. I like the idea of moving to Savannah but I’m scared that my measly paychecks won’t be enough to support myself. I hate Philadelphia but I really do want to find a real job and I know thats a good place to start.
I just feel lost. I don’t know what I want but I do know that I don’t want to spend another 6 months where I am right now. I feel like I just need something, anything, to happen but I don’t know how to make it happen for myself. Does anyone out there have any advice for me at all? Thanks in advance and sorry this is so long.
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