After almost 2 years after getting my MS in environmental science and not having a science related job not even as a lab technician[/quote]
What is it that’s held you back from getting a science related job? Is it the lack of experience? Is it a lack of good contacts in the industry? Is it an inability to distinguish yourself from the other applicants? Bad interview skills?
Take an objective look at where you are, what you offer, and determine the things that are holding you back. (I’m pretty sure it’s not the education. And I’m pretty sure that more education is not the solution.) Talk to some recruiters, figure out what it is that you’re “missing”, and figure out how to get it.
There might not be many jobs in that field, but someone has a job. Befriend some of them, figure out what they did to get there, get some ideas, and do that.
FWIW, a computer science degree isn’t worth much if you’re not a good and competent programmer by the time you’re interviewing. You don’t get hired to do “computer science”, you get hired to write software. Most schools don’t really teach programming either; if you want to be good, you pretty much have to do that on your own.
I’m certain that’s not the answer you’re looking for, but I hope you get something out of it.[/quote]
Lack of experience and the field mainly. It’s a terrible major to have right now. When I started my major everyone was saying how great it would be to have and how many doors it would open and how much demand there would be yaddy yaddy da, but now it’s pretty grim for envi sci majors and my story is not at all uncommon among env sci grads. I’ve even requested to work for companies as an unpaid intern and get turned down in a hurry. I can’t even give my labor away lol.
I’ve actually spoken to accomplished people in the field and the problem is that my major is way too broad and I need to specialize more. The suggestion I was given is take more coursework in the area I want to focus in or even get another major that might tie into my existing coursework if I want to get into the field.
The other problem is that companies have been using people like biochemists and geologists and engineers for a long time and don’t recognize any value in an environmental science degree.
At one career fair, I talked to a lady and we were about to start talking about opportunities in the company and I told her what my major was and she straight up said sorry there’s so many of ya’ll our company doesn’t need that right now and there’s a lot of that going on.
Now, another issue is that because I haven’t picked up by anyone in this length of time, employers are looking at my resume and thinking why hasn’t anyone else chosen him yet… pass.
That’s good to know about Computer Science. I was thinking you just do the college thing, get an internship or coop, and boom get a job out of college… not quite haha.