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Finding the right career
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Posted 9/12/12
How do you know what the right job for you is? So far I've tried many things in life and I haven't really found what I want to get into. There's things I like to do and things I'm good at but not sure if i want to make that my career. I don't want to be lost in limbo for much longer cause college costs a lot and i don't want to end up in department stores forever. Well please input how you ended up choosing the path your on if you have yet.
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22 / M / Australia
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Well, I don't know the "best" job for me, I mean there is so many to choose from. But, I've found the thing I most enjoy doing out of what I've already done [Landscaping] and I will go with that, it's fun, I enjoy it, great exercise and you can stare at the end result for forever.

I will head for that as my career choice, it may change down the line, but for now that is what I want.

Have you found anything you really enjoy doing? For now it wouldn't be so bad to just go for it.
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22 / M / 風の山
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for me its Cooking, but sadly family was against it and things happened and im fucked. i grew up with food around me, it was something i know i can do and was creative. enter competition and placed first, got huge ass scholorship but asian family wants me to be doctor, and they actually managed to pin me away from culinary.

the thing is, either you love it. or something that you can bear as long as you have someone. honestly alot of amazing people regretted that they didn't take the chance early on and that really pushed than far above.

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19 / M / Purgatory
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Well my entire family is related to some sort of corner of the medical field, as well I seem to have a natural curiosity when it comes to science and medicine. So I have resolved myself to be in some sort of career that involves science. (gunnin to be a doctor)
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27 / M / Gotham City
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I ended up having to choose between three career paths:

1. Film Industry: a job that I have a huge passion for and would have been extremely fun and interesting, but the chances of making it are pretty slim and risky. There's very little safety net.

2. Science: Incredibly interesting, but would have resulted in more years of schooling. Would have been mostly research, clinical, or teaching in terms of career path and I wasn't sure I wanted to stay in school that long.

3. Business: Something I was skilled in but had only moderate interest. Pros were that I didn't need to take as many years of schooling, and I could make good money from the start. Ended up making the right friends, being in the right place at the right time, and landed a great job that helped me go from a guy who's been poor his entire life to someone who can actually enjoy the nicer things in life.

All I have to say is, there's really no "right" way to do this. Your choices will rarely be black and white, where one choice is obviously win and the other is obviously lose. There are pros and cons to each and you just have to weigh them.
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My career of choice at the moment is EMT. Taking a certificate class now. I decided that I just needed to choose something and be content with it. Otherwise Id ave never decide on anything.
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You know what. When I found the job I have now. I it was because of good benefits. Medical, and dental, vision vacation, and sick leave. was lucky. Started from the bottom though. I but eventually I was certified after my company paid for classes. And the best part no furloughs. I work for federal, has its benefits but has its disadvantages as well.....Choose wisely. Make sure though you have fun at what you do. If not it's gonna really sick being in it long term.
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I'm studying in computer engineering and will probably end up doing a master after that.
I don't want to work and have a career, just something to say if someone calls me a no life
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M / Los Angeles
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For me it was always right in from of my eyes but I didn't want to see it.

So, I've always enjoyed art but i was never "great" at it, but good none the less. When college came around my parents told me to study graphic design but my passion for art wasn't quite there anymore and I also "wanted to make more money" so I studied business but hated it, then i wanted to be a doctor and failed horribly and It just kept going on like that for like for a long time.

Eventually, I decided to take graphic design but my dad suggested I take web design. Normally I would argue with him but this time I didn't and learned HTML, Javascript and CSS. Thats when I realized that I love technology and started learning programming languages like Python and Ruby.

This is also about the time I fell in love with anime and manga, which re-lit my passion for art. At first It was just me drawing anime characters (which sucked btw lol) but now I'm at the point where I want to sit outside with a sketchbook and just sketch what i see. I've improved my art skill beyond what I though I was ever capable of as a kid, but I still have plenty of room for improvement which I'm excited to hone in :)

Now I'm working towards a graphic design or web design degree for my AA, but probably a double major. For my BA I've been thinking about getting into video game art & design, but one step at a time. I've also been playing around with Blender which is a free 3D graphics software that also does 3D animation and has a built in game engine that, coincidentally, uses Python for its scripting.

So, bottom line, do something you like and the pieces will fall into place on its own. If there is something your not great at, practice. People who are "great" at something aren't born that way, they become that way. Also, listen to your parent's suggestions.

If I had just listened to my parents when I graduated high school I wouldn't have wasted the last few years of my life, but at the same time, it gave me a greater appreciation of what i have learned now. Also, recently listening to my dads suggestion about web design is what got me on a path which I'm very happy with.

BTW, what are your interest and things your good at? It took me a long time to realize this, but sticking to your talents with take you the furthest. I say this because you also begin to realize new things you're also good at, which you may want to develop further.

I promise you, at first I didn't want to make my art a career because I couldn't see past the preconceived notion of what I "though" art was. But looking back now, I realize it was only a stepping stone toward what you "could" be really great at.

At first, you can only see the first step and nothing further - but take it. Because, then you can see the next few steps. And when you take the next few steps you discover something. You discover something about yourself which you may have never seen before, and it could turn your life around. Life is about of self-discovery, with out it, we would never grow.

I'm also only just stepping along myself still, but I'm letting my own talents guide my foot, and since then, I've discovered a few valuable things about myself already. I'm not saying to follow my path to a tee, what you do is your own, but think about what I said.

Yeah, sorry if this sounds kinda cheezy but, thats what I said, and I'm sticking to it!

Good luck!
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I thought of filming industry but i feel like i would not succeed in that. I know I'm good at photography and dance but don't really want that as a career, more of a hobby. I guess I'm most into anime but i don't know what I would go into. In college i was very into technical theater doing carpentry work and got high recognition for it even though I was only doing it as a minor.
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My father wanted me to go into engineering. My mother wanted me to be a medical doctor.

I wanted to be a sorcerer with magic powers.

I ended up in chemistry... I like it because it's the closest thing to being a wizard you can get to in real life. Still, I don't think many people have the love of books required to eventually land them in a position to work on a doctoral thesis, much less complete one and successfully defend it. It's a massive investment of both time and money, so if you don't love learning for the sake of learning, it's just never going to happen. There's no way you can keep your mind focused on such long term goals if you aren't enjoying the process. I mostly tell students not to even bother pushing past a masters, there really isn't much of a difference in pay grade anyway, so it's only the ones who completely ignore my advice that I actually take seriously.
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22 / M / London
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I spend almost 2 years working as a carpenter. That was more than enough time to tell me it wasn't for me. It was really good money but i just couldn't do it anymore.

This sunday i'm starting army basic training. I'll be earning less than half i was working as a carpenter, but i would rather do a job i'm happy with and earn less than the other way around.
Posted 9/13/12
I wanna be a cowboy astronaut!
Posted 9/13/12

destinypi wrote:

I wanna be a cowboy astronaut!


See you in space cowboy!
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26 / M / Seattle, and ever...
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Dspokes wrote:

I spend almost 2 years working as a carpenter. That was more than enough time to tell me it wasn't for me. It was really good money but i just couldn't do it anymore.

This sunday i'm starting army basic training. I'll be earning less than half i was working as a carpenter, but i would rather do a job i'm happy with and earn less than the other way around.


Amen to that. I took a huge paycut to be in the position I'm in now, but my previous job was absolutely sucking the life out of me.

Adventure is better. And I love being in a job where your dedication to academics directly impacts your chances of survival.

Still though, if I was rejected from this job, I probably would have sucked it up and continued working in business... living for the weekends and going to Japan/Germany every single year. As it stands, I can't afford to pursue my personal interests as much as I used to. But it's a trade-off I was completely conscious of when I made the decision.

You'll make your own and figure out your own trade-offs based on your skillset and interests. A lot of people end up unhappy with their jobs, and just do something to get them by, keep them fed, and pursue their personal interests and hobbies. They're happy with the rest of their lives. Nothing wrong with that - the "right career" could be something that just lets you do what you want/need to do with the rest of your life's aspects.
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