Any advice for a 24-year-old college grad with a "useless" degree, minimal relevant experience, and no clue what to do next?

I am 24-years-old and I recently graduated with a B.A. in English with a minor in education. After completing my required classroom hours, I quickly realized that getting my masters in education was out of the question because I did not enjoy teaching at all. Fast forward to a few months after graduation, when I miraculously land a marketing internship for a national magazine. The only problem is I hate it.

Unfortunately, that internship is the only valuable experience I have, and because of that, I ended up at my current position, at a local magazine managing social media and doing advertising sales. I never imagined myself in this type of career and I am so unhappy.

I want to make a change, but I have no idea where to start and it feels like I am unqualified for everything. Since I graduated with such a useless degree I understand that I probably need to get some additional certifications but I don't know which ones would make the most sense. I can't figure out what I'm interested in. I can't decide what I should commit to. I am getting conflicting advice from everyone in my life. I am anxious that at almost 25 I still don't yet have a clear career path.

Here is what I've learned about myself so far: I hate sales and negotiating, I hate social media marketing, I don't hate children, but I do not care for the classroom environment. I am absolutely an introvert, and I am much more motivated about finding a fulfilling and fairly flexible career rather than a high-paying one. I enjoy reading, organizing, writing proposals/reports and I don't mind monotonous tasks like building spreadsheets, etc. I would consider myself more creative thinking than logical/analytical. I also strongly prefer a structured work environment. Have any of you been in a similar situation? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

I was an English major, and I too was told that I had a useless major. But, I found my way over to marketing, and since then, I've moved up the ladder. Plus, I've been able to work at great startups and go through acquisitions.

But, it sounds like marketing might not be for you, and that's totally okay. What matters now is what you do with the realization that you don't want to teach and you don't want to do marketing, but what else do you NOT want to do? I find that it's often easier to find a career that's exciting by eliminating things rather than picking the 1 thing that'll make you happy because it's REALLY hard to find the 1 thing. It's much easier to build an exclusion list and see what's left.

I agree with Radley that taking some personality tests can help as a guide. Not all are perfect though so the more you take, the larger the sample, and the better your results.

Lastly, take a look at our new jobs page ( We've added filters based on majors that might help you in the right direction.

Best of luck!

First things first, you are 25 and don't have a career path that you are pumped on is no reason to be anxious. You are in line with about 90% of the rest of 25 year olds in the US. That stat might be a little high, but you were in marketing, so you get that it really doesn't matter ;).

There are a couple things I would recommend to help figure out what you want to do for the rest of life. The first thing is to realize you never have to do something for the rest of your life. 

Working in the recruiting world, I see people late in their 30's reinventing themselves. It is all about gathering as much experience as you can and then figuring out how you can apply it down the line. I understand what you don't like about sales, but what did you enjoy about sales, if anything. Same for all of the other roles you worked in. From there, try more stuff that might be a little closer to what you like and you will continue to narrow it down.

What you can do now is take a few personality or career assessments. I am a huge fan of Myers-Briggs, but there a million options. Meet with recruiters, and be honest about what you want. A lot will cut you off early and tell you that they don't work on the roles that you want, but that's good. Don't get discouraged. This is a process that will likely take years and a few stops along the way. In 10 years, when you are firmly atop the industry that was meant for you, you will look back at each of these experiences as crucial to shaping your career.

I've been in this position in my career personally, and I was really happy I took the time to talk with as many people as possible and didn't rush into anything or put too much pressure on myself. Let me know if I can help in any way!

I couldn't have said it better myself Radley! Seem's we're birds of a feather haha.