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Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Dear Bubby,

I graduated from college in May. I got my BA in Mathematics and studied many different areas as well: Pre-Med, Economics and more. I have moved back home with my parents, and am now looking for a job.

The problem is that I have many different interests and no idea what field I should enter. I have worked with a few career counselors and came up with an excellent list of possibilities. But I still cannot put my finger on one, or even a select few to start with.

I plan on going to graduate school in the future, but right now it would be a waste since I am not sure what I want to study. I feel like I have no direction. And since I have no job, I cannot afford to move out. I am considering just throwing darts at a wall with possible careers listed on it.

Any good ideas on how to know which is the best way to go? Anything would be helpful, even a good kick in the rear to get me moving again.

On a side note, what you are doing here, helping people with the advice you have to give, truely is a mitzvah.

The Floundering Graduate

Dear Floundering Grad,

I can understand your dilemma - all educated - standing at the cross roads and wondering where to go. I remember when I was in college, one professor said to us that, most of all, we were here so that we would learn how to think. He said at least half of the class would go in to a career that had nothing to do with their studies.

So I say to take stock of yourself - what do you like to do most besides throw darts at the wall? Take a job in that field - work at it -- doing your best. If that doesn't satisfy you - quit and try another field until you find what you want. You are living at home and have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

It's terrible to have to get up in the morning and go to a job you dislike. You could go to an agency, submit your school record and speak to their advisors. They are always anxious to help. After you have worked at a job for a while - maybe even a year, you will know exactly what you want to do. Then either look for work in that field or go to grad school. I know a man who went to school at night and worked during the day. He was a chem major but he wound up working at this part time job until he became the president. So you see, you have to take a chance.

Try it and good luck.


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Bubby is our 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93 94 year old grandmother.
A few years ago we introduced her to the internet and we've been getting daily e-mails from her ever since. When she was 87, we began this website. We now believe she is the oldest blogger on the Internet.

Whether Bubby is reminding us that boyfriends do not substitute for warm jackets in the winter, or that it's better to receive a compliment than a brick, she always has something to say to her granddaughters.

Now with this new website, Bubby can finally share her wisdom with the rest of the world. And she's excited about it! (Which confuses us, because she used to say we were all she needed.)

Hopefully this will be as much fun for new readers as it will surely be for her. And if not, well, as Bubby says, it will all come out in the wash.

So, are you looking for advice on food, work, a broken heart, or the perfect bat mitzvah present?

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