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Old 04-10-2012, 05:19 PM
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Default How did all of you...

decide what you wanted to do career wise?

I want to go back to school and get started on a real career. I do not want to be stuck doing what I am doing forever (retail), but the trouble is, I have no idea what it is I want to do. Or what I would even be good at. I can't think of any particular skills that I have that would be beneficial to anything inparticular. Some people are telling me that I should just go take general studies or something and then once I am there something I actually want to do will come to me. I just don't see that happening though. I graduated high school four years ago and there is still nothing that grabs me and says "this is the job/path for you!". My brother always knew what he wanted to do... and I just have no idea. All I know is that I am hoping for a career in which I'll make a decent amount of money and something that hopefully will be Mon-Fri. But other than that, I am completely stuck.

When I was growing up I thought I wanted to be a vet. Well, actually, I wanted to be a marine biologist so I could work with whales... then I was told they rarely work with whales and so I changed my mind. But my math and science skills are awful. I just don't get either and both frustrate me to no end. Plus, I'm kind of squeamish with gross things, and being a vet often involves some really gross things. Still, sometimes I still think I'd enjoy it. Being a vet tech might be ok too, but they don't seem to make a very good salary. The ones I know barely make enough to live on. And I am not wealthy by any means (not even close), but I want to be able to live comfortably on my own with two dogs and also be able to have and do other things also.

Then more recently I thought maybe dental assisting or dental hygiene would be good, but apparently that involves a lot of math and science too. And it doesn't really interest me all that much. It just sounds like a good career to have, if that makes sense. I might still look into it anyway though just so I can do and be something.

I just really don't know. I wish I was one of those people that had a thing they always dreamed of or a thing that they knew they would be good at. I am so stuck and completely clueless as to what I want to do and it is beyond frustrating. I am tired of working jobs that barely pay anything that I don't really even enjoy that much (my current one is ok, but like I said, not what I want to be doing forever). I want a real career.

So how did you all decide what you were going to do? Did you go to school for it? Fall into it? Do you enjoy it?

My family keeps telling me that I am overthinking things, and maybe I am. I've always just liked to be sure of something before I do something. And since school has always been hard for me, I don't want to just go and still not actually have a path to follow.
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Old 04-10-2012, 05:25 PM
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Umm... I tried one thing, tried another thing, tried yet another thing and think I've settled?

Growing up, I always thought I'd be a vet tech. Due to age when I graduated high school (I was a year younger), I couldn't go straight into the vet tech program, so I decided to take the suggested human health sciences to get a start on basic anatomy and such. Finished that, decided I *really* don't want to do something in the human health field, did a semester of vet tech and decided that no, that was NOT the career path for me. I suck at science, and can't memorize every single parasite, what every stage looks like, how long every stage survives, etc.

Then I was thinking vet assistant, cause they are more hands on than vet tech. I think I thought of assistant cause I was kind of stuck on the whole working with animals thing. Well, I never even bothered to apply for that program, I just didn't feel it.

I finally settled on Business Accounting, and I *think* it's what I want to do with my life. Maybe.

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Old 04-10-2012, 05:32 PM
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I decided to be a vet tech because I didn't know what else to do. It didn't really appeal to me (the medical aspect) but of all the careers I could think of, it was the closest to being something I might enjoy. So really it was me thinking "oh crap, I need to do something!"

I did go to school. I don't have a tech job at the moment, just a little bit on Saturdays. Sometimes I enjoy it. I sure like it better than retail.

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Old 04-10-2012, 05:49 PM
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I was made by my parents to go to university out of high school. I was an artsy teenager. Went for an honours BA in theatre. Finished the program, got a degree, there were no jobs without experience, no experience without a job..

Met someone who taught skiing. He thought my work in children's theatre could help their children's ski program. Applied got hired, they taught me to ski. Same season I took my level one test, passed became a ski instructor. Been at the hill 7 years, am a supervisor there now. Sadly, being a ski bum isn't a career and I still didn't know what to do.

My second season I became a ski patroller and started handling medical emergencies on the hill a few days a week too. I liked it, but the pay sucked. Started thinking about paramedicine. My math skills suck though, and you need a grade 12 math to apply. I didn't have one. I spent multiple seasons working there in winter, odd jobs in summer, and regretting the fact I didn't want to go back to high school. Finally got off my @ss a few years ago. Took the math, as an adult it was much easier. Did well, chose to voluntarily upgrade my chemistry. Also far better as an adult.

I'm done at the end of this month, after two years in the program. I need to find a job still.. But I am still quite happy with my choice. Took a long freaking time to figure out what I wanted to do. Wish I'd gotten here sooner.

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Old 04-10-2012, 05:57 PM
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I have no idea what to do yet. I need to get the ball rolling.
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Old 04-10-2012, 05:59 PM
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Originally Posted by MafiaPrincess View Post
My math skills suck though, and you need a grade 12 math to apply. I didn't have one. I spent multiple seasons working there in winter, odd jobs in summer, and regretting the fact I didn't want to go back to high school. Finally got off my @ss a few years ago. Took the math, as an adult it was much easier. Did well, chose to voluntarily upgrade my chemistry. Also far better as an adult.
This gives me hope lol. I am in uni but not doing anything specific. I feel down a lot because I have no idea what I am wanting to do or which direction to even go, and I keep mentally kicking myself for not taking more maths and sciences in high school. I am trying to motivate myself to take math 12 and chem 11 this summer... I was always weak at math and science so hearing you found it easier as an adult makes me think I should go back.

It's frustrating because I am an arts student and working towards a BA but sometimes I feel as though I am deep down a science person. I never gave it a chance in HS, and never did my hw so I sucked at it. I am a very logical person, I HATE wishy washy and I like being able to see empirical evidence about things.

I really hope I truly do find sciences easier now that I am older because if I do that would really open up a lot of career options for me that I originally didn't consider due to avoiding math and science.

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Old 04-10-2012, 06:23 PM
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You sound just like me. I always wanted to be a dog breeder or do seething else with animals (everyone told me I should be a vet). Yet here I am, 20 years old and I really don't want anything I thought I did. I have always had a dream, I've always loved music and wanted to be a singer and it's something I'm working very hard towards but at the same time, it's not exactly something t you can guarantee a career in or a steady income. I want to find something to go to school for that I actually enjoy that will give me a steady flow of money coming my way so I can pursue music while actually enjoying whatever else it is that I'm doing career wise. At this point I'm leaning toward not even going to school because I have no clue what I want to pay thousands of dollars toward learning about.
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:32 PM
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None of my plans really changed from childhood to now, they just evolved and moved forward into more specific things.

Vet > Ecologist > Vet/Dog & Horse > Equine Reproduction Specialist and Geneticist

Only problem with that is my major issues with math. I'm good with history and literature, love all the other classes, but when it comes down to numbers in ANYTHING....I'm lost. That is actually how I ended up with three Associate Degree's. Pre-Vet and Animal Science were stressing me out, so I added Literature/Fine Arts to keep my grades up and give me something that I enjoyed doing.

Graphic Design fell into my lap. It was never something I was majorly interested in, but I do enjoy art and always have. I never thought I would try and make a career out of it, but here I am. Digital paintings and website design, taking commissions, coding and fiddling around in photoshop for hours on end.

Photography will probably only ever be a hobby, but we'll see.
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:09 PM
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I went to university thinking I wanted to work with non-government organizations, but finished school not really feeling ready to enter that stream. Someone suggested I try out baking and pastry arts, so I thought I'd give it a shot. It's perfect for me. I'm not sitting at a desk all day, I'm constantly busy doing things and I get to work as a member of a team, which I love. I'll never make a lot of money, but I enjoy going to work every day.

Rather than focusing on the salary aspect, think of a hobby or interest you have that you could make a fun career out of. The starting salary might not be great, but there are always opportunities to move up and manage/etc.
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:19 PM
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Honestly I did not go to school as of yet, I found what I wanted to do by working a reception job for the past 5 years, and decided that this is what I want to do the rest of my life. I just love it.

I do want to go back to school to do some courses or what not, but I find that employers in my field are looking for people who have experiance rather than no experiance and having the schooling.

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