May.T, on 04 December 2012 - 07:40 AM, said:
I have no idea!!!!
When I went into Biology/Lifescience/Molecular Biology& Genetics or WHATEVER the else you call this, the career counsellors told me "you have so many job options after you graduate! You can do anything!" Wow, I feel like I got lied to big time. I can't see myself doing anything related to my degree and I doubt anyone will hire a Biology graduate (Masters is what people want now). First year I was in Life Science and I decided to specialize into Molecular Biology & Genetics second year. I stayed in the program until the end of third year until I realized this was only going to take me into research. After 2 gruesome years of writing lab reports, I realized that research is the thing I hate doing the most in my life. I will never do research as my life's job. So.... I'm half way through 4th year and I as am lost as a lost puppy as to what my future looks like after I graduate. I think I will join the cohort of unemployed, massive debt carrying new graduates. What and exciting title.
I think what I really need to do is take a year off and find what I want to do for the rest of my life. I need to find a career that will truly make me happy.
Just curious, but do you hate research because of lab reports, or do you hate research because you were in a research lab as research assistant (not lab bench monkey)? Perhaps look into consulting? In my opinion, research DOES suck, but the experience between a lab in bio classroom is distinctively & very different from the experience as a research assistant/research investigator. A person who works in a real research lab does not write lab reports all day......and getting the opportunity to write a publication/paper is actually really good. But anyways, just to share my experience w/research:
I used to work in a research lab for 3 years (during university....) as an independent student researcher in a stem cell lab.....I hated it because the lab I worked in was understaffed and it killed my social life (i worked ~20+ hours/week) as I was forced to design, run, analyze, and submit weekly reports on my experiments to my boss/PI who would often either (a) scrap it because he decided that he wanted to change protocols & procedures (
claim it wasn't enough results or © could not proceed with the next step because one or more collaborators failed to get back to us in time. It was incredibly stressful when I had to get experiments done on time with optimal results and with no lab techs or other researchers to help me out. Factor in the time it took to write the publication paper, and yeah that sucked. At least I left the lab on good terms, a reliable connection, a strong letter of recommendation, and a paper publication.
Now to address the issue at large about post-bachelor's life, I think the people who majored in business and build good connections in college through activities involvement, student government, connections, internships, etc are the business students who will land some job. That is my biased sample
I've seen.....most business students I know from my university (top 25 US....well does it really matter?) will land some job (maybe not high $$ yet) upon graduation. The ONLY students who are floundering are those who had like a GPA < 3.0, partied all the time & did nothing else, and/or did not build any lasting connections. Of course I realize that the job market sucks right now so maybe I just know only the business students who are actively trying to find a job. Like i said....biased sample.