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I'd highly suggest not factoring some visit to Japan into your decision. By all means, try to visit Japan some time, traveling anywhere has its merits, and Japan seems like a very different place than most. But making what you do for 1 year an important factor in a decision that could impact what you do for 40+ hours a week for 40+ years of your life is probably going to lead you down a road you'd rather not travel.

On another note regarding Japan, I don't live there, but my understanding is that their economy is not so great, and they're not exactly partial to giving a job to a westerner when a Japanese could use the job. I could be mistaken about this, but you may want to look into what kind of reception you might actually get in Japan (or any place you might consider moving to). You might love Japan, but Japan might not love you. Odds are, other people on these forums could shed some light on this.

Anyhow, ignoring Japan from here on.

It really comes down to maximizing the enjoyment you get out of life.
Don't study for a profession you don't enjoy, unless you have an extremely solid plan on how doing that will allow you to move to doing something you want to do later on, and I mean something like, a plan Lelouch would consider sound.

If you think pharmacy is boring, don't do it. This is basically your chance to set yourself up to do something you enjoy 40+ hours a week for the rest of your life (unless you come up with some get rich scheme that actually works). If you screw it up, you may be doing the opposite. Also worth noting, people *tend* to perform better in tasks they have an interest in, so you may find yourself more worth hiring if you pick a profession you actually care about. And you want to be hired; I've been unemployed and looking for work before, and trust me, you don't want to do that; even ignoring the financial issues, it's just depressing.

So figure out something you'd actually find fun to do (and hopefully, has a good demand:supply ratio). Maybe you can find some way to shadow people at different jobs or something and see what a normal day is like for them, if you don't have any idea what you'd really like to do.

For what it's worth, I'm a computer programmer. Prior to that, I did:
retail -super market, convenience store, hardware store - (hated it)
food service (hated it)
assembly line work (hated it)
desk clerk at a hotel (hated it)
video game testing (decent job, but not so decent pay, don't make a career of it, though for the right person, it can be a foot in the door)

Honestly, most of these jobs would've been ok if it weren't for the people. All of them. Even the non-customers. But then, I'm not a real people person. I know some people that are, and they've gone on to be nurses, they seem happy even though they tend to work really hard in that field. For what it's worth, I don't hate people, I just prefer 1: not to serve them, though helping is ok. and 2: I find them draining to be around.

Personally, I enjoy programming, that's why I decided to take it up as a profession. I don't even care really what it is I'm programming, though certainly some things are more interesting than others. The other reason to take it up? As a programmer, you *can* produce something on your own, and try to sell it. So, maybe I'll succeed in a get rich scheme someday.

Nonetheless, even though I enjoy programming, I can say I honestly never feel like being at work. I'd rather work on my own stuff, and it'd be nice to not be working on a codebase that other people created over the course of 15 years, creating like 2 million lines of code and documentation that probably measures only in the thousands of lines. It's a real maze in there, and sometimes a headache. If I didn't enjoy programming, I'd be a really sad person if I had to deal with this 40+ hours a week.

So figure out what you want to do, and pick the best choice out of it for your future happiness. Note, a decent salary and reliable employment are probably relevant to your future happiness as well.
Posted 12/3/12
I would think Pharmacy isn't boring........IF you know what I mean ;D I mean, *cough* They make a lot of money, and you'll probably have vacations.

Have you thought of.....let's see.....dermatology?? This branch deals with skins and diseases. Or optomology.

Or maybe something that has to do with the environment. If you think about it now, that plant in Japan that's been leaking stuff into the ocean since the big Earthquake is still a hazard. Maybe you can help in finding a way to better contain it? Or find alternative resources?
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You have plenty of time to think about your options. Me myself went into the Military became a medic, Got out went to school for Nursing half way through I dropped that major and went into CIS (Computer Information Systems) and im 29. Never to late. Its good you are thinking about your future. Stay on track and dont let any1 tell you, you cant do it. Good luck to you.
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JayVeeDees wrote:


Shrapnel893 wrote:


JayVeeDees wrote:


Shrapnel893 wrote:


JayVeeDees wrote:

I have this problem too, because there are so many things that I want to be, but what I'm thinking right now, is just to try it all, I'm going for a "programming, astronomy, history, philosophy, physics, (scientist)" I have two or three back up jobs that I am willing to do if I fail miserably at trying to achieve those "careers" And they are: Fireman, military (because I don't give a shit with my life lol) and then there is "office person" Which you probably know what is, a person that sits at a office and gets paperwork done, that might not be a "happy" choice for me, but that is something that I could do with my eyes closed, probably <.< (not literally, but you know, it's a simple job for me, especially because I've already tried parts of it)


Hey now, desk jobs are fun. I remember a time when I went to my grandfather's office (at Police Headquarters) and I helped with shipments and whatnot. I was twelve then and since then the department has sort of went downhill but regardless it was fun. I also got free donuts and got to roam around the headquarters (within set limits). Those jobs are simple but they have big responsibilities behind them, ever lurking. Anyway, for me, I'm going to be a writer of some sort.


Hehe, I didn't say it was a bad job, I just think it's sorta boring, but that is just my opinion And yeah those jobs that I have chosen have big responsibilities but I want a job like that, where I am doing something to make a difference (even though, office isn't quite that, but yeah <.<! back up!)


Any job you have and do makes a difference. Yes, garbage collectors make a difference in society.


Yet no known person works at one of those xD I guess I want to be someone who can be named for something huge. Example [Programming: Make an great program and/or game] [Astronomy: Discover something huge in outer space] [Fireman: Save people -.-] [Military: I guess there aren't that many known here, but same as fireman, just different with helping the country :P] and so on, I know every job makes a difference in some way, but I want it to be a difference that makes me known. <.<


You won't get named for things like that. At least, not worldwide.

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I tried to find a good career choice for myself as well, but honestly, it's impossible to figure that out now. School never really prepares you for what kind of job you want, so most people have a diluted idea of what they want to do in the future.

For example, I like Japanese and I really wanted to major in it and teach via JET and land a job in Japan for a couple years, but honestly most people who have done this come back to the states (or wherever they live) because most people figure out that living in a totally foreign country is not all it's hyped up to be. (Especially Japan since you'll most likely have a very rough year incorporating yourself and dealing with always being a foreigner.)

So I figured I might as well just try a ton of different things and see what I like best. I think the first thing I'll do is check out environmental science and see if I could land a good job.
Posted 12/3/12
you can look into becoming an occupational therapist or software developer
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Posted 12/3/12

Shrapnel893 wrote:


JayVeeDees wrote:


Shrapnel893 wrote:


JayVeeDees wrote:


Shrapnel893 wrote:


JayVeeDees wrote:

I have this problem too, because there are so many things that I want to be, but what I'm thinking right now, is just to try it all, I'm going for a "programming, astronomy, history, philosophy, physics, (scientist)" I have two or three back up jobs that I am willing to do if I fail miserably at trying to achieve those "careers" And they are: Fireman, military (because I don't give a shit with my life lol) and then there is "office person" Which you probably know what is, a person that sits at a office and gets paperwork done, that might not be a "happy" choice for me, but that is something that I could do with my eyes closed, probably <.< (not literally, but you know, it's a simple job for me, especially because I've already tried parts of it)


Hey now, desk jobs are fun. I remember a time when I went to my grandfather's office (at Police Headquarters) and I helped with shipments and whatnot. I was twelve then and since then the department has sort of went downhill but regardless it was fun. I also got free donuts and got to roam around the headquarters (within set limits). Those jobs are simple but they have big responsibilities behind them, ever lurking. Anyway, for me, I'm going to be a writer of some sort.


Hehe, I didn't say it was a bad job, I just think it's sorta boring, but that is just my opinion And yeah those jobs that I have chosen have big responsibilities but I want a job like that, where I am doing something to make a difference (even though, office isn't quite that, but yeah <.<! back up!)


Any job you have and do makes a difference. Yes, garbage collectors make a difference in society.


Yet no known person works at one of those xD I guess I want to be someone who can be named for something huge. Example [Programming: Make an great program and/or game] [Astronomy: Discover something huge in outer space] [Fireman: Save people -.-] [Military: I guess there aren't that many known here, but same as fireman, just different with helping the country :P] and so on, I know every job makes a difference in some way, but I want it to be a difference that makes me known. <.<


You won't get named for things like that. At least, not worldwide.



Astronomy = Galileo Galilei, Johannes Kepler, Joseph-Louis Lagrange
Physics = Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin
Philosophy = Socrates, Aristotle, Epicurus
Programmer = Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Berners-Lee, Larry Page & Sergey Brin, Linus Torvalds

You might not know all of the people listed -.- But they made huge change to how we see the world today, yes they aren't known worldwide, but they are known by people who know how big the difference they made was, I am not going to go all-out history class on your ass, but google is a thing. -.-


Fireman, well you could get known by this in the town you live, so I'll give you that, but this is a back up job, and I just want to be of some help to people around me. <.<

Military, FOR SPARTA (or where ever I'm from >;))

History Is just something that I want to learn, and if I were to like it more than I already do, I would just be a professor of some kind, there aren't anything special known about this, but it's something that I have interest in.
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JayVeeDees wrote:



Astronomy = Galileo Galilei, Johannes Kepler, Joseph-Louis Lagrange
Physics = Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin
Philosophy = Socrates, Aristotle, Epicurus
Programmer = Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Berners-Lee, Larry Page & Sergey Brin, Linus Torvalds

You might not know all of the people listed -.- But they made huge change to how we see the world today, yes they aren't known worldwide, but they are known by people who know how big the difference they made was, I am not going to go all-out history class on your ass, but google is a thing. -.-


Fireman, well you could get known by this in the town you live, so I'll give you that, but this is a back up job, and I just want to be of some help to people around me. <.<

Military, FOR SPARTA (or where ever I'm from >;))

History Is just something that I want to learn, and if I were to like it more than I already do, I would just be a professor of some kind, there aren't anything special known about this, but it's something that I have interest in.


It seems you don't understand. I said you probably won't get named from things like that. Everyone who came before obviously did something important to get their names in the history books, but as the world is right now future examples of that are much more scarce. I will say this, do what you want because you want to and for no other reason. Anything that comes from it will just be bonus. Such as fame, wealth, poverty, shame. By the way, I know everyone who you listed was besides the programmers because I really don't care to learn about them.

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I like everything you said. -clap clap clap clap clap.-
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wow these quotes are getting bigger
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Heys guys, I'm just thinking that I need to know what i want to do for my future job soon. I am going to do something science related, but IT could be okay.

I am thinking of doing pharmacy. One of the reasons for this is because that the university that i want to eventually hopefully go to, has something called a sandwich year for it. This means that i can take a year off to work in the pharmacy related field abroad (I want to go to Japan) and get paid for it.

I don't know because pharmacy seems pretty boring. Does anyone have any other suggestions that would be good, and that I could possibly go to Japan to do for a year.

After i finish university, i plan to hopefully follow the JET, to get like a teaching degree and teach in japan whenever i go there (possibly).

I am open to suggestions. Also share what you hope to do in the future. Also, if my ideas are stupid, please be honest and say so.

Thanks :D


Sounds like a good plan to me, but you're probably right in that it might be a boring job. If you balance it out with an exciting life off of work, then it might be more palatable to you....Just to let you know, there is a shortage of Occupational therapists in this country, especially in Northwest FL. Beautiful beaches here....
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Shrapnel893 wrote:


JayVeeDees wrote:



Astronomy = Galileo Galilei, Johannes Kepler, Joseph-Louis Lagrange
Physics = Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin
Philosophy = Socrates, Aristotle, Epicurus
Programmer = Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Berners-Lee, Larry Page & Sergey Brin, Linus Torvalds

You might not know all of the people listed -.- But they made huge change to how we see the world today, yes they aren't known worldwide, but they are known by people who know how big the difference they made was, I am not going to go all-out history class on your ass, but google is a thing. -.-


Fireman, well you could get known by this in the town you live, so I'll give you that, but this is a back up job, and I just want to be of some help to people around me. <.<

Military, FOR SPARTA (or where ever I'm from >;))

History Is just something that I want to learn, and if I were to like it more than I already do, I would just be a professor of some kind, there aren't anything special known about this, but it's something that I have interest in.


It seems you don't understand. I said you probably won't get named from things like that. Everyone who came before obviously did something important to get their names in the history books, but as the world is right now future examples of that are much more scarce. I will say this, do what you want because you want to and for no other reason. Anything that comes from it will just be bonus. Such as fame, wealth, poverty, shame. By the way, I know everyone who you listed was besides the programmers because I really don't care to learn about them.



xD Don't care about the programmers, well, those I named were "mark" who made facebook, "Time Berner's Lee" made the internet code as we know it today "HTML" "larry & sergey" made google, "linus" made Linux -.- But yeah this is what I want to do, I feel excitement in these kind of jobs that's why I want to try them out
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i might do pharmacy and balance it off with the JED course or something. Still thinking lol
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Explore things you really enjoy doing and things that you've never done and go from there. So many things are global nowadays. If you learn Japanese, that's a foot in the door to go to Japan as part of your career. Just take your time and see what's out there.
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