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Professional jobs that don't involve spending all day on the computer

I'm a political science college grad with experience working in the courts system, legal support, and criminal justice policy. I've realized that I don't like spending all day on the computer, and most of the professional jobs that I've had involve a lot of solo computer work. This last semester, I was a teaching assistant, and it was really fun to spend my time teaching and attending class, and communicating with the students and the professor. I don' t mind computer work, especially if it involves communicating with others in some way, but my ideal would be about 3 to 4 hours per day rather than 8 or 9.

I'm looking at what my next steps will be after the pandemic and wondering where I can go from here that will involve moving around and communicating with people. Hoping to get ideas for an area of work, or a role within an area of work that makes sense with my experience!

Given my previous experience as a TA, I've considered some type of student support role in higher education. I've also considered criminal or regulatory investigations (or audit investigations) but I'm not sure if my experience would translate into that directly. I am also looking at admin roles in areas related to my experience that seem to involve a lot of coordinating logistics & communicating with others.

Thanks in advance for your time!

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Dexter’s Answer

Hi Eva,

Have you considered a career in program management? I have many colleagues that are program managers in corporations and they certainly have to spend some time in front of computers, but other times, they're usually leading meetings or talking to various stake holders. For the foreseeable future, everything will be virtual, so those meetings will all happen in front of a computer, so perhaps it won't meet your requirement, but if you're interested in leading people that you aren't responsible for, program management might be worth looking into.

Wish you the best of luck!
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Thank you for your answer, Dexter! I have definitely considered program management or project management, it sounds like a fun and varied role. I will keep this in mind and look at pathways or opportunities to move towards that. Eva T.
Thank you so much for your comment back. Sometimes it can feel like I'm yelling into the ether, so it's great to hear from ya. Again, I wish you the best in your career, and if you need to talk to a real PM, as you consider this career, let me know! :) Dexter Arver
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Trey’s Answer

Have you considered a pathway as some type of career counselor or perhaps a career coach? It appears from your experience as a TA that you enjoy teaching others. Another consideration might be considering a career as a Junior or Community College teacher.
Thank you Trey! I have considered that and I am looking into options that involve counseling college students in some way. For example, career counseling like you said, or advising, or some type of student-facing role in a financial aid office. Eva T.
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David’s Answer

Eva, FBI agent! Your advice request has FBI agent written all over it. I’ve been in the office and have worked with them on the phone from time to time. I know a great deal of what they do, from being on the inside a little. This is the shortest message that I’ve ever typed on here, because it didn’t need any more.
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Christine’s Answer

Hey Eva,

It sounds like you have done well with your Pol Sci degree so far, but I do understand where you may get a little restless spending so much time on the computer and not having the socialization you may want. Teaching would definitely give you the socialization, challanges, and would be extremely rewarding. You might try substituting before going through getting certified to teach (below is the website with this information) I also looked up websites which had some career suggestions for individuals with Political Science degrees (which I also listed below).

Eva, my suggestion would be do some research, see what type of jobs are out there, get an idea of how much time you would spend on the computer vs. social interaction. The main thing I would strongly suggest you do is try to decide what type of occupation would you feel would suit you best and make you happy.

I wish you the best of luck with your decision and selection of your ideal career.

Christine

Christine recommends the following next steps:

https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/california/
https://www.resume.com/career-advice/getting-a-job/best-political-science-degree-jobs/
Thank you for your suggestion! Like you said, being a substitute seems like a good way to get experience in a classroom and decide if it's for me, before committing to full-time teaching. Eva T.
It sounds like you may be on your way to finding just the right nitch for you. Whatever you chose Eva, you will know what is "the" right career for you. You get such a strong sense of euphoria and feel like you have been there the whole time. Best of luck to you,I know you will be great whatever you choose. Christine Pollock
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Luke’s Answer

That's a great question, and one that is particularly hard to find in this day in age as there has been a very real cultural shift towards technology. Along with many answers, teaching presents a great opportunity for you and leans heavier on interactions over technology, unless lessons are taught virtually! Another option to consider might be real estate, if that is an interest of yours. Particularly a great option to consider as a side hobby or even second job, which leans much heavier on in person interactions over time spent on the computer (apart from research, responding to contacts, etc). Best of luck!
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