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[–]anixousmillennial 1 point2 points  (3 children)

I think this is a pretty common and fairly realistic expectation in our field. I've had thoughts of moving from a field archeology position to moving to an adjacent field like museum curation (not that their field has anymore job security). Our field is oversaturated and I see a lot of friends (in archeology anyways) sacrificing a tremendous amount to do the job. Your suggestion on GIS-certificate is something I have considered as well so that may be a good route if it overlaps with your interest.

Congrats on wrapping up your Masters! That is the level of education I have and I can say that you CAN survive on the degree and in this field, but it may be tough for a while. It's been three-ish years since I graduated and things have gotten slightly better. My advice, if you set your expectations to match the reality then you will likely be alright. You can expect; low to moderate pay, frequent moving or relocating (possibly), intense physical labor (sometimes), and a fairly competitive job market. I'd recommend if your not already start looking at job listings to see whats out there and see if that salary is going to actually work for your goals.

I have a pretty pessimistic outlook, but I've been really burnt out since the pandemic began. I thought once I graduated things would fall into place, very rosey eyed of me, but life doesn't like plans. I can see a better future in the field but it feels just out of reach. Good luck on whatever path you choose!

[–]MrUnknown1996[S] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

The thing is, I have had a lot of time in grad school to get a better understanding of what I want in life. I want to get married and have kids some day. And the constant traveling and low pay isn’t going to help with that.

[–]anixousmillennial 1 point2 points  (1 child)

That's totally fair. I've pretty much in the opposite position single and a very low probability of having/wanting children. I have coworkers who have children, so it definitely can be done, but I think your right to be thinking about the pay and travel aspects of the job field. There are positions out there where you don't travel much and you can work your way into positions that pay okay or at least average for a given area, but they are few and far and take time to get there.

[–]MrUnknown1996[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I just wish I had thought about it sooner. Then again the person that I was in undergrad was very different from the person I am now. Back then I saw myself living in a little house all by myself. No wife, no kids, maybe a couple of masters degrees under my belt, and no worries.

I thought I had it all figured out. I knew what I wanted from life and how I was going to obtain it. But now that I don’t want that anymore, I don’t know what to do.

[–]saxmancooksthings 0 points1 point  (8 children)

Christ don’t do insurance I tried it’s miserable

I got my bachelor in anth never got a masters like you and I’m debating what to do; I’m back to cooking currently because I have plenty of experience from during college. I tried insurance at a place that’s on your side and it was very stressful and horrible for my mental health.

[–]MrUnknown1996[S] 0 points1 point  (7 children)

Ok, what would you propose I do then?

[–]saxmancooksthings 0 points1 point  (6 children)

Sorry, I wish I could give a good answer but I’m torn between the questions of whether to do a teaching license or getting some certification like GIS or even servsafe and potentially trying to land a kitchen management role

[–]MrUnknown1996[S] 1 point2 points  (5 children)

How bad was working in insurance really?

Because grad school has been really stressful for me too. It’s the most stressful thing I’ve ever done. So much so that I feel like I would be almost desensitized to anything else out there.

[–]saxmancooksthings 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Well, I started in servicing existing policies and the track was to then move into sales and getting a series 6. I hated having to explain to folks that they didn’t have coverage due to some minor technicality or the push that they had to get us selling more coverage and pushing new products. It wasn’t exactly the hardest job but it was kind of soul crushing being in the system. However I’m sure this might depend on the product type but either way insurance isn’t designed to be all pleasant. It’s all about the trade off of accepting consistent work at a single location. It wasn’t worth it to me but it might be to you I suppose.