25 yr old feeling stuck in career

New tea72
Jan 27, 2018 50 Comments

Hello I'm 25 I have a sociology degree from UT Austin. After graduation I took a low paying 2 yr contract and worked as an adviser in a high school in my home town. I ended up getting a second job for a partnership company that markets online degrees for universities. I now work there fulltime It is a call center role that I do from home. I'm stuck between what to go back and get my masters degree in, alot of majors in interested in the colleges nearby don't offer. If I do online college and work from home --- tbh I'm 25 and recluse life isn't fun. I am pretty introverted though. I have a great apt and don't know if moving is the best option for me. I want to get into a more millienial role where I enjoy my career and am not confined to a phone or desk. Though I actually found I didn't like working in a high school either. I took a lot of different courses in college and have a lot of different interests. Idk where to start yet I've spent a year researching careers and learning what's out there. I just feel stuck and going in circles.

Woah! Thank u all for the feedback so far. So here's a little more on my interest... I haven't gotten back in school yet bc alot of majors require gre ... Idk if its self studying or what but I get nowhere with it. I actually prefer to study for the LSAT so I ventured into tying sociology with law and considered law school. The company I work for does tuition reimbursement so I thought about getting m.ed and continuing in higher ed for a while But I needed teaching certification and 2 yrs exp. So there's that. I'm not very good at math, I only took stat online in college and professor passed us all with As. I was in journalism in HS and tried to change my major to advertising in college but UT is strict I didn't get in eventhough I met the requirements. I ended up taking alot of unneeded adv and public relations classes and used it as my minor. I also have a business and public policy certificate. Lot of knowledge that idk how to apply

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  • Qualcomm / Eng zHIy06
    Tech recruiters at Fang are being paid very handsomely averages TC 150 K- 200 K per year and it involves a lot of talking to other folks so your sociology degree may be handy.. Think about getting that route as well..
    Jan 27, 2018 9
    • Facebook manic
      Recruiting is behind a desk and running to meeting and calls most of the day.
      Jan 27, 2018
    • Facebook manic
      The TC mentioned is possible at top companies, but be prepared to go through comp around 20-40k in low COL areas, even some bigger cities start off at 30-40k. Try to make it into big tech if you can, much better starting pay by 2x.
      Jan 27, 2018
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      So start coding basically?
      Jan 27, 2018
    • Facebook manic
      Helps, but you don't need it for recruiting. Would suggest going into tech recruiting, if this is a field you're interested in.
      Jan 27, 2018
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      I've never considered tech recruiting, I'm going to look into it. When you say big tech, is this tech recruiting?
      Jan 27, 2018
  • Qualcomm / Eng zHIy06
    Would you like coding ?
    Jan 27, 2018 3
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      I actually would and already do. I have beginner knowledge with web design , HTML CSS etc. Idk about the really technical aspect but I do think I'd like to take the creative route. I use a couple free apps and websites but how do I really get skill development ?
      Jan 27, 2018
    • Square Burgerday
      Look for a digital agency job building marketing websites or just freelance in general. Take low pay for a while ($20-30/hour) and you’ll get better over time and start commanding more $$. Once you’re really good, consider joining a startup or big tech co. Move up the ranks there and be set for life. 👌
      Jan 27, 2018
    • New tea72
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      I really have been considering this thank you so much!
      Jan 27, 2018
  • Wells Fargo 9ej3n4
    Welcome to life. It's a bitch and then you die.

    It doesn't sound like coding would be your jam if you don't want to be stuck behind a desk. Find a job that allows you to travel maybe? Training? Sales?
    Jan 27, 2018 0
  • Yahoo ghhhbbbgfh
    you can try coding bootcamps
    Jan 27, 2018 0
  • Coding all the way. Or be a PM. Enjoy preferential treatment and collect salary. If I had this opportunity I'd also be setting up lots of traps and capitalizing big time. Like finding out who has a million dollars or more in crypto then making them choose their portfolio or their job.
    Jan 27, 2018 9
    • Wells Fargo 9ej3n4
      Hopefully you'd be smart enough not to publish your schemes on a public internet message board.
      Jan 27, 2018
    • I'm not a woman so your point is moot. Op I bet Wells Fargo's a good try. Esp since he thinks he can put you in jail.
      Jan 27, 2018
    • Wells Fargo 9ej3n4
      You could be gay?
      Jan 27, 2018
    • That used to work in 2001
      Jan 27, 2018
    • Wells Fargo 9ej3n4
      No, meaning that scheme could work if you were gay. Also, surprised you are old enough to remember 2001.
      Jan 27, 2018
  • Juniper / Ops shitposter
    Sociology degree.. Ew.
    Jan 27, 2018 6
    • Cruise Automation / Eng
      Sociology is good for things like marketing and recruiting if you know what you want to do
      Jan 27, 2018
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      At this point I'm trying to create different resumes for each industry. ( Trying to apply the experience I have to different industries is a task) but yes I'm now trying to move back in this all encompassing communication industry after realizing education or law might not be it.
      Jan 27, 2018
    • Cruise Automation / Eng
      My bff was a sociology major aiming for marketing and that's exactly what she's doing now
      Jan 27, 2018
    • Accenture / Other
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      I literally have a sociology degree
      Jan 27, 2018
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      Wow really,what have you done with yours since post college?
      Jan 27, 2018
  • Facebook olol1234
    Time to do some leetcode.
    Jan 27, 2018 3
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      I've never heard of this I'm going to look it up now
      Jan 27, 2018
    • Accenture / Eng RimRax
      With no computer science background, being able to code at leetcode level is going to take a long time.. I’d suggest getting into tech recruiting - requires good communication skills and being familiar with tech lingo, which shouldn’t be too hard for you
      Jan 27, 2018
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      Thank you , I'm taking notes on all these suggestions and going to research them!
      Jan 27, 2018
  • Qualcomm / Eng zHIy06
    Try block.io for designer tracks, and basic coding lessons from code academy JavaScript track
    Jan 27, 2018 0
  • Accenture / Other
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    Look into business or product analyst positions. If you feel the need to go back consider getting a certificate in business intelligence or a similar data driven field.

    UT Austin is also a good enough school where you’d probably be allowed into Accenture. My hiring class had people with psychology and public health degrees in addition to the usual engineers
    Jan 27, 2018 1
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      Thank you going to check into this!
      Jan 28, 2018
  • Carvana / Eng
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    My degree is in Psychology. I became a self taught developer, then I took a role as a PM awhile back. It’s a more natural fit for me but took years of hard work + weekends + studying and learning as much as I could.

    At the end of the day, it’s on you to decide to build your own life or live with the constructs of someone else’s.

    Edit: I’m happy to talk more about the process and how I got there so just shoot me a msg
    Jan 27, 2018 1
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      I would love to talk more! I have questions! Messaging you now! Thank you!
      Jan 27, 2018
  • Microsoft msft010
    Have you considered applying to jobs in HR depts of tech companies or public policy roles in govt?
    Jan 27, 2018 1
    • New tea72
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      Read my comment below please , sort of..
      Jan 27, 2018
  • Qualcomm / Eng zHIy06
    And the last step and beginning step would be to get a Engineering degree (hard step) , and if patience is a constraint then 3 months software boot camps (medium step )
    Jan 27, 2018 0
  • Qualcomm / Eng zHIy06
    If you like these then you may later think about a career shift completely in software / Front end architecture
    Jan 27, 2018 0
  • Uber / Eng shANq80
    You are way too young to get stuck.
    Jan 27, 2018 1
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      I know 😭 it's this job I'm in I believe
      Jan 27, 2018
  • New tea72
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    Woah! Thank u all for the feedback so far. So here's a little more on my interest... I haven't gotten back in school yet bc alot of majors require gre ... Idk if its self studying or what but I get nowhere with it. I actually prefer to study for the LSAT so I ventured into tying sociology with law and considered law school. The company I work for does tuition reimbursement so I thought about getting m.ed and continuing in higher ed for a while But I needed teaching certification and 2 yrs exp. So there's that. I'm not very good at math, I only took stat online in college and professor passed us all with As. I was in journalism in HS and tried to change my major to advertising in college but UT is strict I didn't get in eventhough I met the requirements. I ended up taking alot of unneeded adv and public relations classes and used it as my minor. I also have a business and public policy certificate. Lot of knowledge that idk how to apply
    Jan 27, 2018 0
  • Qualcomm / Eng zHIy06
    Tunein who are your customers
    Jan 27, 2018 0