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Finding the right career
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22 / M / UK
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Posted 9/17/12
Well, I have been working at a construction/civil engineering company doing a range of IT stuff (support, sysadmin, netadmin, developer) and this has helped me decide I want to be a software engineer.
So in 6 days from now I shall start my Software Engineering degree.
At least with a job like this I can change company and although I will be doing essentially the same thing have a completely different atmosphere and have different problems to solve (assuming the job market doesn't decline any more).
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Posted 9/17/12 , edited 9/17/12
For me I either wanted to go into IT or to study languages .

I ended up choosing IT because the job prospects are better and the pay is good. That way even if I didn't end up liking it, the pay left me in the financial position to change my situation through moving or education or whatever.

You are right though, it is expensive and inefficient to keep switching degrees or majors while in school. Depending how far you are into your education, If you can't think of anything you really want to do then my advice would be to just get a degree in SOMETHING. At least having a degree gives you some leeway to try a few different career paths since a lot of the time they are just trying to have a degree to establish a minimum education level.

If you are not that far into your education sometimes it can be helpful to just take a break and work for a while and see if that gives you some ideas. There is a potential trap in that though because it can be hard to start school again once you stop. For me I went to school year round and got my Bachelor's Degree in 3 years because I knew if I took an extended break there was a fair chance I wouldn't start up again.

It's frustrating and I know the feeling but try not too stress out too much about it. It is not like you get locked into a path. You can try different things until you find the right fit. Anyway, good luck and I hope things work out for you!
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Posted 9/17/12
I was stuck between IT and business. Right now I'm sort of doing both so it works out. Granted I really want to run my own business one day.
Posted 9/17/12
ever sense i was 5 years old i wanted to create videogames animation and music tho it hasint made me any money yet so i just gamble fix ppls computers game systems and i am a con artist to make money tho i work pretty much alone i wont work for company's i just do odd jobs and will work for any person that pays the right price making money off of idiot ppl is easy lol
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Posted 9/17/12
One of my favorite movie quotes:
"...I guess you've just gotta find something you love to do and then... do it for the rest of your life."
-Rushmore
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Posted 9/17/12
I'm a senior in HS right now so I still have time till I have to commit, but my chosen career is Computer Animator.

The reason for my career choice is because after seeing EgoRaptor, HarryPartridge, and OneyOG's animations I just had to do it. Ever since then it's been my dream to make parody's of games or shows or make my own cartoon. Even if I end up animating for some show like SpongeBob I would still try to make animations on the side just for fun and post them on YouTube. Before that I wanted to be a Video Game Designer and make my own game but after I saw employment rate for that job at -2, I said HECK NO!

So yeah my career was pure inspiration
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Posted 9/17/12
Hmm. Perhaps choose something you're flexible with the amount of effort required for the career/job. Sometimes, people are very playful that causes anything considered WORK boring or a hassle. In that case, they just need the money to live.

If you're the serious type and looking for a career then consider a career that involves activities with majority of your attention and focus on a daily basis.
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26 / F / United States
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Posted 9/17/12
Well ever since I was little I've always had a passion for reading and Japanese culture. Now I'm a Senior BA majoring in English and minoring in creative writing, afterwards I plan on going to japan and attend university and work on a masters degree. Although I'm not sure exactly where I want to be right yet I think I'll eventually end up where I'm meant to be.
Posted 9/18/12
I always thought it was the hardest thing to do. Back in high school, I was always asked, "What do you want to become?" Simply put it, "Who are you?" Anyway, I had the longest time thinking what I wanted to do. Nothing came up. I decided to go for something that would get me a good paying job. Well, shit happened and I was not motivated to do anything. I seriously wasn't, and I am not kidding. Mistakes here and there and I had a flash, reality hitcom: my life is meant for something else.
Posted 9/18/12
Still haven't chosen a path but I definitely don't want to be a waitress all my life. It just pays the bills -__- I'm in college, partying more than working and sometimes I feel like I'm wasting my time but snap out of it. My passions out weigh a well-paid job, what I really want to do is be a full time fitness instructor and Taekwondo instructor, because I'm already doing it and can't commit full time because of my degree. If I get my degree, it will always be there but I'd rather be doing something I enjoy and love going to work every morning.
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Posted 9/21/12
You know I don't how you know when you've found the career for you. I'm a nurse and I know nurses who have been nurses for 35 years and love their jobs. But I'm already burnt out. I already want the change. I'm going back to college in the spring. I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet.

I guess if I could give you one encouraging thing to hold onto it is that you're not stuck. you always have choices and you can always change your field.
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