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Posted 1/26/08
no they sholud ppl who are still in college dont know who they want to become. i dont either and in a junior ^^
and its possible to go another route if u work hard on it it that is.
Posted 1/26/08
I think we need to prepare for the future but I don`t think we need to be nagged over and over about what we want to do in the future . After high school , students might take apprenticeship instead of going to college or university sooo I guess we have to think about that now . Hmmm ... some people go take different routes all the time . Those people realized they didn`t like their dream job as they thought or maybe thought that the jobs they picked wasn`t suitable for them . I`m planning to take some medical career too . I don`t want to sit around in an office facing the computer all day . When I`m on the computer , I want to do my stuff , not someone else`s .
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I am in my last year of high school and stressing out too..... I decided not to go to college just yet. I'm going to be joining the navy, to take a break from school and where i live i really don't like at all, plus i don't know what i want to do yet after school. If i don't find anything i want to do after navy i will either be a navy officer if i like the military life, if not i will just go to college and look thoroughly for a something i would like to do. I'll see when the time comes.
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No, I don't think they should make their decisions on their career in high school. Simply because, they are probably still hopeful and don't fully understand what they are fully capable of and only dream. Those dreams might not become reality, for example, they might want to be a doctor. They take that career test thingy and get that result, they get all hopeful and can probably imagine themselves as a doctor. BUT sadly, they aren't that intelligent. Then, they try to get into a college/university with the full hopes of getting in -- and then have their hopes crushed with a rejection letter.

Even if they DO get in, they might not be able to keep up with the work or slowly lose interest. Before knowing what you're try interest is and what you are fully capable of, I don't think you should pick you're dream job just yet and think that you are 100% able to become it.

Personally, I'm still in elementary school and being the biggest hypocrite in the world, I hope to become a lawyer when I grow up. Maybe thats possible, maybe impossible, but I haven't fully convinced myself I am capable of it and I haven't gotten my hopes up. Its ok to dream, but I wouldn't decide 100% on you're career until you understand what you're capable of.

EDIT: Basically, I'm saying you shouldn't choose you're career 100% sure you care capable of it in High School because you might be working hard toward the impossible.
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Posted 1/26/08
i havent decided on a career i'm just going to go to college taking only the math courses so i finish them then when i finally decide what i want to do i can go do that without having to worry about the math courses
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Posted 1/26/08
Well this is the time for you to really take this into consideration.... What you really want to be is more important than what you want to become... ok its a bit confusing and the words have similarity in it... What you want to be is like what your dream really is and what you want to become is like "Because this is a high paying job maybe this is what I'm going to study" and one advice take a course which you feel you're really good at and are really interested in... and the career will follow...
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Posted 1/26/08
There is nothing wrong with suddenly taking a 180 degree turn in mid-college when you realize that your plan in life is different. Heck, if it comes to you late, it comes late ~ the most important thing is knowing what you want to do, and being open to it the time it comes.

The pressure comes since most people believe that they have to stick to their education in years and do all means and efforts not to repeat a year. It's a stigma, because repeating a year means not being with your buddies, or it can mean that you're "not that smart", or even "you're a nerd".


But the reality is, education is like that. It's an ongoing process, and it may take longer than the prescribed amount of time in college. I'd rather spend extra years in college after deciding to switch courses, rather than sticking to my original plan and enter a career that I have no interest in, whatsoever.


So my little piece of advice is this: It's nice to have plans for the future, but always be open to things that may eventually throw you of your planned course or courses of action. It may not be pleasant, or at other times, it may be welcomed ~ but the point is you have to be open to anything that should happen, and when it does, open to spending a few extra years putting your life's priorities and perspectives into check.
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Posted 1/26/08
yeah I get what you mean ed... but changing courses on the third year of college is somewhat a no no cause of financial reasons... and my buddie's favorite line is "We are all going to graduate, but not at the same time."
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its better to know what you wanna do later on in the future at younger age. because the hardest part will be finding and walking the path itself towards your goal. and it really does takes a lot of time. at the moment time feels slow when youre still in school, cause youre doing the same routines everyday but when its over and if there is no exact plan you will feel that time flies and youre just getting older and older. so yeah its good when you have a plan on what ya wanna do already now. good luck
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yan2x01 wrote:

yeah I get what you mean ed... but changing courses on the third year of college is somewhat a no no cause of financial reasons... and my buddie's favorite line is "We are all going to graduate, but not at the same time."


Financial problems will come, but if you're really serious about your schooling, then you'd know that you can always request for financial aid by applying for a scholarship, or you can even suck it all up and request for an LOA (leave of absence) for you to earn some money in the process.

There is always a solution, and if you're really hell bent on getting that diploma, then nothing will stop you. It sounds quixotic, but I've known and have even taught several students from public school around the metro and they've made it good through college, despite their financial short comings. What's really important is that you know what you're doing, why you're doing it, and how you're gonna do it.

If you can't answer these three, then you might as well just get out of college and save your parents the hassle of paying for your tuition. You can be enamored or even fall in love with the lessons you learn in college, but if there is no application of these lessons, as shown in how you want to live your life, then you're just enjoying the ecstasy that comes about from gaining knowledge, but you fail to reap its fruits.


Bottom line is this ~ kids should know, at least to a certain extent, what they want to become. It gives them something to look forward to, and at times "something to look out for". Because if they blindly enter college without a clue as to why they're there, you'll get nothing but half-baked results.



Rather not enter college and just make a few bucks by working on the side, before you intend on getting a little more serious with your life, and decide on entering college.

Because it's very simple ~ no one forces you to enter college. In the Philippines, most jobs require a college diploma as a minimum requirement, but in the USA, it's as simple as getting your green card and working on the side. There's nothing wrong with sucking up your pride and deciding you have to work before you enter college. It's hell better than entering college without a clue as to what you want, or why you want to do it. It's like a kid being forced to go to school.

College is not like grade school. No one forces you to go to your classes, and you're not expected to show up. You're just expected to perform. Same thing in life and the professional arena.
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Posted 1/26/08
We definately need to have some idea of what we want to do with the rest of our lives. Since the courses we take in high school set us up for our future careers we need to know the field we hope to enter. For example, I'm aiming to be a pedietric physical therapist assistant (yeah, it's a mouthful). So I need to take a lot of math and science courses. Freshman year of high school was tough for me since Ididn't know what I wanted to do. It's less stressful now that I have a plan. I don't want to be half-way through my sophomore year in college and figure out that I want to change my career. I don't have the funds. It's tough because the teachers do put a lot of pressure on the students. Especially the ones who excell and have drive. Knowing what you want to do in reguards to your career really takes a great deal of that pressure off.
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Posted 1/26/08
certain events in life deters what someone becomes
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edsamac wrote:


yan2x01 wrote:

yeah I get what you mean ed... but changing courses on the third year of college is somewhat a no no cause of financial reasons... and my buddie's favorite line is "We are all going to graduate, but not at the same time."


Financial problems will come, but if you're really serious about your schooling, then you'd know that you can always request for financial aid by applying for a scholarship, or you can even suck it all up and request for an LOA (leave of absence) for you to earn some money in the process.

There is always a solution, and if you're really hell bent on getting that diploma, then nothing will stop you. It sounds quixotic, but I've known and have even taught several students from public school around the metro and they've made it good through college, despite their financial short comings. What's really important is that you know what you're doing, why you're doing it, and how you're gonna do it.

If you can't answer these three, then you might as well just get out of college and save your parents the hassle of paying for your tuition. You can be enamored or even fall in love with the lessons you learn in college, but if there is no application of these lessons, as shown in how you want to live your life, then you're just enjoying the ecstasy that comes about from gaining knowledge, but you fail to reap its fruits.


Bottom line is this ~ kids should know, at least to a certain extent, what they want to become. It gives them something to look forward to, and at times "something to look out for". Because if they blindly enter college without a clue as to why they're there, you'll get nothing but half-baked results.



Rather not enter college and just make a few bucks by working on the side, before you intend on getting a little more serious with your life, and decide on entering college.

Because it's very simple ~ no one forces you to enter college. In the Philippines, most jobs require a college diploma as a minimum requirement, but in the USA, it's as simple as getting your green card and working on the side. There's nothing wrong with sucking up your pride and deciding you have to work before you enter college. It's hell better than entering college without a clue as to what you want, or why you want to do it. It's like a kid being forced to go to school.

College is not like grade school. No one forces you to go to your classes, and you're not expected to show up. You're just expected to perform. Same thing in life and the professional arena.



that sums it up!!!

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Posted 1/26/08
I'm a freshman and I haven't decided what to do yet and I haven't planned out anything. And I feel irritated when my teachers make me go these certain websites about careers. -_- I really don't want to go to college but want to at the same time. I want to study the Japanese language though. (:
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27 / M / Mars.
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Posted 1/26/08
The earlier you plan, the better. So when the time comes you will be able to make your decision without hesitation. That is why my country is planning so many career talks for even high school students. I went through many career talks when I was in high school. They tell you how to plan, how to choose and they even tell you what are the ups and downs about specifc careers. Some of our parents choose the career for us, thinking it's best for us. Some of you may like it, some of you may not. That's why it's always best to choose for yourself. And when you choose, this will be your lifetime job. So if you don't like what you have chosen, that's too bad, because it's hard to get yourself a new and better job.
Another reason is because they want us students to actually work towards our goal. Once we plan something, it's easier to go for it. We know what we want to be, so we work harder in that area. It's better than studying everything and not knowing where to go after schooling. It's all about choices and how you make them.
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