I would really like some advice if anyone is kind enough to provide it. I graduated last year with a BS in biochemistry (graduated in 3 years) but my GPA is only a 2.944… I don't really have any research experience or anything except a bunch of volunteer hours at a local hospital. I actually just came back from studying abroad at a medical university for a year and I was hoping to complete my studies overseas to become a physician. However, due to some personal issues i've returned home only to be unemployed and sitting at home looking for something to put meaning back into my life. The reason I graduated early was because I wanted to go into that medical program overseas, but I ended up leaving and returning with nothing to start off with (a big mistake on my part, I guess).
I just wanted to know if anyone has any advice at what I should do, or let me know if i've been going about things all wrong. I've been applying to many lab positions, jobs back in my old campus, and just everywhere now actually (local stores, cafes, etc.) but it doesn't seem like i'm getting any calls or anything. I know the labs probably won't accept me since I have no lab experience, but I have had courses that employed some basic lab skills so I was hoping they would accept someone willing to learn and grow. I often e-mail the people I apply to after a couple weeks to ensure my application was received, but nothing. I also thought it was because of my resume, so I went and attended a resume class back on campus, and revamped my resume and such. I'm worried I don't get any notice because i'm too overqualified for a lot of the positions, but I really just want to find something where I can meet new people and learn new things... get a feel of the workforce, y'know? I feel like I have no experience other than studying, and no one will accept that. I know that the job market is really tough for science majors, but is that belief true? Am I possibly doing something wrong? I've been sitting and applying to jobs nonstop for close to 4 months and got only 3 calls and 1 interview offer. Is that how it normally is? I'm lucky to have been given that much right? Should I keep doing what i'm doing and know that I shouldn't be rushing things?
Now I'm trying to see if any professors from my old campus is looking for a student who has already graduated for their research or lab work, but I don't know if i'm going about this all wrong. I really want to pursue higher education (MS), but I really want to work first (make money to fund my future education and help parents with financial difficulty) and gain some experience because I know how bad my chances are of being accepted right now. Honestly right now, i'm still trying to find my place after i've given up and sacrificed my dream. I'm trying to stay positive, seeing how bad economy and jobs are right now, but I honestly don't know what I should be doing at this point... i'm kinda lost and confused. Am I asking for too much?
Thanks to anyone who was patient enough to read through all that!! I really appreciate it.