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Hi everyone. I'm a 31 year old stuck in a job that I really don't like (finance) and I was wondering if someone can help me. I have a Bachelor's degree in Economics with Politics from RHUL. For various reasons, I've started working quite late, so I only have 4 years of work experience (1 year was internships). I'm really lost and anxious, because I feel like at my age I should know what I should be doing with my life. I'm considering various paths:
1) Work for the UN etc - always been my dream, I've applied many time, but I never get any call backs. Person working in the UN system has advised me that getting a Master's degree would increase my chances. My dream would be doing my Masters somewhere in Europe and then getting a job there, but I feel like that's quite improbable. Another thing that I should mention is that I'm a non-EU national living in my home country - ideally, I would want to move in the future (or at least have a career that's exportable in the long run). Master's would be a huge gamble. I could study for one in my country or do a distance learning one (I think SOAS and QMUL offer decent ones), but those take 2 years. For me, at my age, 2 years wasted is a big deal. 2) Political consultancy. I admit I only have a vague idea of what these organisations do, but I'm basically looking for a career where I could specialise in an area and write reports, consult my clients. I don't know if I'm making any sense, but there must be a non-academic career path for such specialists? 3) Academia. Is my only hope getting a PhD? 4) I'm considering other non-politics related paths I know that I'm pretty much rambling but maybe someone has any thoughts? Maybe any resources/career coaching/specialised blogs or message boards that could point me in the right direction? Thanks for reading!
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Looks like you have thought your options through before deciding that you want to be a consultant.
I believe that a consultant must - first of all - gain meaningful knowledge in his field of interest.

Have you tried taking some psychometric tests to discover which career would suit your personality? Or maybe simply expanding your area of knowledge by researching more about other industries?
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(Original post by Tommaso PF)
Looks like you have thought your options through before deciding that you want to be a consultant.
I believe that a consultant must - first of all - gain meaningful knowledge in his field of interest.

Have you tried taking some psychometric tests to discover which career would suit your personality? Or maybe simply expanding your area of knowledge by researching more about other industries?
Thanjs for your reply. Yes, I’ve tried taking the tests but they didn’t help me much. I think adding more industry options would confuse me even more!
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Thanjs for your reply. Yes, I’ve tried taking the tests but they didn’t help me much. I think adding more industry options would confuse me even more!
Well in that case you can research more information regarding the industries you have already picked to get a better idea of what they entail before you select the "right" one and go for it.
I'd recommend to read as much as you can on those industries (news, articles, publications etc) and to maybe attend a couple of events to get a real sense of what it would be like to work in such environment.

You can use tools like Quora or Pathfinder to find out more - or search for specific blogs and forums but I would leave that as a second stage!
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Thanks, that’s solid advice!
(Original post by Tommaso PF)
Well in that case you can research more information regarding the industries you have already picked to get a better idea of what they entail before you select the "right" one and go for it.
I'd recommend to read as much as you can on those industries (news, articles, publications etc) and to maybe attend a couple of events to get a real sense of what it would be like to work in such environment.

You can use tools like Quora or Pathfinder to find out more - or search for specific blogs and forums but I would leave that as a second stage!
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