Network Network Network Thats what you do. My main job is service industry, my degree, when completed, will be largely useless, and I don't have any particularly unique marketable skills. But I used my service industry job to access networks made up of affluent people in positions of power. I've got six standing job offers for when I graduate (if I decide against grad school) that are more or less guaranteed if I apply, all pay 60+k a year and have benefits, in a number of different fields. I'm not saying this to brag, but to help you. Networking will do more for you than skills, competency or education ever will. You just have to find a door and jam your foot in it til it opens.