Lots of education but no good experience? What to do?
I completed my undergrad in 2013. I always had a strong work ethic and worked retail throughout high school, junior college, and undergrad. However, I never understood how to transition from those kinds of jobs into the jobs I wanted (at the time, something in government).
Towards the end of my degree, I had no prospects and no idea how to even go about finding a "real" job. I was excelling in research so I started to think I might have a future in teaching CEGEP or university. I decided to pursue graduate studies at a well-respected university abroad.
Although I was on the research track leading to a PhD, I quickly realized I was in it for the wrong reasons. I didn't like studying at all. I was there for the adventure, to get away from my family, to please my parents, and because I had no better idea what to do. Once this dawned on me, I couldn't continue. I switched out of the PhD track and left with a "taught masters" in an obscure subject (same level as underwater basket-weaving in terms of employability).
On the bright side, while abroad I was able to participate in a student consulting practicum and a start-up incubator program. Those were much more interesting and I started to think about "business" as a career, with no real idea what that meant.
After a couple months wasting my savings bumming around Asia "teaching English", I returned home. There were several reasons, a family member was sick and I felt ridiculous swanning around the world aimlessly. I resolved to help take care of my family and buckle down.
Finding a job was still a total mystery and seemed impossible to me. Except now, with my "prestigious" masters degree, everyone expected me to do something amazing. I decided to go to business school and get some actual, practical skills that would lead to a real job.
However I am not any closer to having a "career" or a set of skills that fit a particular field. It seems I've educated myself out of the job market for my skill set. Your advice is much appreciated. Thanks.