A little background. I'm a recent graduate and am spending all of my time trying to get the first "career-oriented" job. I have 7 years of experience in retail, purchasing, customer service and warehouse operations (jack of all trades type of job) and a year in video production experience. My degree is in Communication Studies with an emphasis on business management and organizational communications. Basically, I'd love to hear some real world experience in how you all started off your careers and if you wouldn't mind, what you are doing now and how everything panned out for you with your initial decision. I'm having a hard time deciding which career path the follow. Public/private? Community management? H.R.? Purchasing? Doing something I love and not making money for a few years (possibly living at home, because I'm in a very very high cost of living area, Loudoun County, VA). I'm pretty open, the only thing I have decided is that I will never work retail again and probably not food/restaurants (from my friends horror stories). I'm looking into the D.C. metro area if that helps, but am very willing to relocate, hopefully to Charlotte, NC, Charleston, SC, GA, FL, AZ, TX. It just looks like I would be "house poor" anywhere I live in my current area, because 1 br apartments are upwards of 950 a month, usually 1100+. I do have a passion for golf, the industry my experience is in, but they are really hurting more so than other industries with this economy. Any help? Thank you.