/ Asked by Carmen
I graduated from college in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. I've been working in the medical field for 13 years, and upon graduation, my manager immediately set about fear-mongering me into not seeking other employment because "the economy is so bad" (reason being she was afraid to lose me) and my husband in his own way did the same thing (for fear of losing my steady income). Perhaps they did me a favor: I can not program my way out of a wet paper bag. I feel that I learned almost nothing. My GPA was quite good (3.78), but I somehow managed to absorb very little knowledge. So, I spent 6 years and $45,000 going to school, and have nothing to show for it but a very expensive piece of paper. I feel utterly lost. I want a career, yet I have no idea where to even begin. I don't even know how to parlay my degree into a career I would like, or at least be good at, because I don't know what I'm good at or even what I want to do. Maybe this goes beyond the parameters of career advice - but I'll take any nugget of wisdom I can get.
Answered by Sharon, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Monday, August 11, 2014
It sounds as if you are at a fork in the road with your career and need to sort through what you really want to do. I would encourage you to go to www.jcavanaughgroup.com and use her Passion Discovery Sheet. There are other tools - pod casts and such - on the site that can help give you guidance.  
Answered by Ellen, Hiring Expert at Hospira, on Monday, August 11, 2014
It seems that you need to reflect on what is important for your next step in your career.  I would encourage you to meet with the career placement office at the school you recieved your degree.  They often have tools you can take to help guide you in your preferences which might help you think about the next step in your career.  The other option would be to partner with outplacment firms, for a small fee, to get career advise.  Both options can help you move forward with your career and personal goals. 

Good luck! 
Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on Tuesday, August 12, 2014
This is an unfortunate but all too often outcome of pursuing higher education.  I would suggest taking a Career Assessment in order to help narrow down what you are actually interested in from both a professional and personal perspective.  The point is to find a career direction where you are fulfilled and this is best done where your personal motivations and belief structure is not counterintuitive to your professional work life.  There are many tools available on-line for free, however please be aware that in order to get the most comprehensive reports you are most likely going to have to pay for the information. 
As a disclaimer I have personally used the tool that I’ve suggested in this response and I am not a member of the company that provides the assessment nor have I ever received any monetary compensation for advising use of this tool.   I would personally suggest the MAPP career assessment that you can find at www.assessment.com.  This tool is very comprehensive and provides a more detailed insight into interests and opportunities for individuals interested in identifying their career path.  You can take the assessment which is 71 questions in total that will create an assessment profile for you.  The free version of the report will provide you with a basic overview of your particular preferences, motivations, and interest as well as 10 suggested career areas.  The free course again is very basic and will only provide an overview.  To get the more detailed report you will have to pay a nominal fee ranging from approximately $90.00 to $150.00, depending on the type and level of report you choose to have.  I know that this may be a lot of money, but look at it as an investment into your future happiness and professional fulfillment.    
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