A year ago, as a college senior, I entered my school's Career Services department so a computer program could generate a life path for me. I told it I was interested in languages, writing and an absence of cubicles. It yielded 17 results, all of which disappeared once I raised my salary requirements above minimum wage, and said I wouldn't mind dental coverage.
Eager to dodge the suggested jobs, I chose another route entirely. I moved to Spain to teach English.
It was a good year; my students learned some important phrasal verbs, and the difference between "bitch" and "beach." I, in turn, appreciated fine wines and a slower pace of life, and gleaned some crude Spanish slang not published in textbooks.
But now I'm back in Marin, trying to figure out my next step without Career Services' astute software.
There are only two options, but the boxes to check seem more nuanced this time.