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i remember counselors getting me to choose my career so i can go ahead and take prerequisite classes since like 8th grade...it's very annoying but it helps that they talk to us so much about it, i just hope they aren't making everything look harder that it is like they do with everything else... I know I want to become a physician but I still have 4 years of university to know what kind of physician i want to be.. that helps me sort things out- and I want a scholarship but dont' exactly know yet how I would pay for my specialization (cardiology probably)...
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For me I wish I starteed college after high school. Maybe take a 6 month break, but after that jump into my education and get crackiN on the career that I'd choose to be the foundation for the rest of my life! But I didn't, instead I messed around for a few years and now feel kinda old and lame for still living at home with the parents and barely starting my career...
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anime_otaku-nerd wrote:
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.


I find it hard to believe I was anywhere near as articulant when I was in elementary school. Hats off t'ya.


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... they want us students to actually work towards our goal. Once we plan something, it's easier to go for it.


This.

It's not so much they want you to decide what you're going to do as to think about your future. I doubt very many people are in the careers they are because of a sudden epiphiny (e.g. "My god, I've got to become an astronaut!"). Everyone has an inclination towards something -- use this to set a goal, just something to work towards. As has been said before, this isn't necessarily a permanent decision.

But really, if you're intelligent and motivated, you've got nothing to worry about.
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24 / M / Sleepy Land
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Posted 1/27/08
I think it would be god to think after getting into university... or is it abit too late -_-
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Posted 1/27/08
I fresh graduated and I haven't decide my career, but sometime became an event organizer is kind awesome
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27 / F / Manila
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LG135 wrote:

When I started college, I came in undeclared and took a University class and "Decide a Major" class, both taught by my advisor and I learned SO much in those. Seriously, if you're planning on going to college and are really unsure about what you want to do, starting a semester or 2 (or 3 or 4!) as undeclared isn't that bad. You usually have standard general ed classes you have to take, so take them then. Try different things to see what you like. Do some research yourself, if your school's career center is sucking (or has old information... especially with the cost, as my uni was about 3,000 more than what my HS had on record).

This is YOUR life, so try not to get caught up in the pressure. It's YOU who's going to be working this job 20 years down the line, nor Ms. Counselor, not Mum and Dad. I had to sit back and really think about that -- my mum wanted me to be a doctor, but with a whole family in medicine of some sort, I've got a real disliking of the enviroment and the people -- and I just have no interest. I feel if you don't like your job, you wont do as good a job as you COULD do. I've seen so many half-assed nurses and doctors it's sickening. I just can't imagine myself dragging myself to work, sitting in traffic, and spending hours a day at, and for what? A fat paycheck? I've already experienced that money can't bring happiness, and that sort of life is just... depressing.

But yeah, take time, think things through. Read or watch "Roadtrip Nation" and if you live in the US, check out these websites that have current outlooks on jobs today:

Occupational Outlook Handbook 08-09
http://www.bls.gov/oco/
Career One Stop:
http://www.careeronestop.org/



same thing i would have said but it wont matter n0w, im 2 years late, shifting courses is like wrecking havoc in your normally college life.i was small and stupid when i took my course, scared of those big campuses that hugs a teenagers life, squishes juices out of their bodies and making them boring dried oranges. i was 8 when i had my first serious request from a "stranger" to be a nurse. i thought," whats up with grown ups? if they want that crap then they shouldve done it anayway" . i remember in HS when my school held a career seminar shit, they wont let you in if you hadnt paid the entrance to that crap, i mean, its like a slap in the face! i dont have right to a perfectly knowing career till i paid a certain amount just to set things up for me? bullshit.
im taking law as a second course, and im suing those guys.

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i'm almost entering college and i have attended several career orientations courtesy of the school but it does not work.... i can't decide... i'm a high school student and i don't think i am capable enough to think of my career just yet... haha
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24 / M / Norway
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I have my whole career planned and I have the grades to complete it too And I am sure this is something that I want to become. Either an Automatic Mechanic or an Industrial Mechanic then later on I am going to go either three or five years in an engineering college and become an engineer, maybe even an Automatic Engineer Also know almost everything about the jobs and a lot of other jobs, I have done a lot of research probably more than anyone in my class. I have already chosen what school I will be attending to next year on the first step to becoming what I really want :D

- To become an engineer I have to go three (two) years of techincal school and another one and a half year in PAID ( )practice on a real work station. Then take the final exam to get the proof that I have become an Automatic Mechanic (or Industrial). Then I could either choose to work for a while as that and earn lots of money for college and appartment and stuff, Or I could just write an application to an engineering college right away and hopefully get in and start becoming an engineer. That sums it up I think
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career is about being yourself

remember you are going to work for majority of your life unless you are filthy rich.

so work for something you love
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24 / M / Sleepy Land
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I think you'll still eventually get bored....
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well im in my last year of collage and i guess i would like to do this for the rest of my life i do have friends that have taken a 360 turn on what theyve wanted to do better to switch out of a course then me misrable for the rest of ur life
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29 / M / Beyond
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Posted 2/7/08
I'm going to a new place where I don't know a soul.
Wish me luck.
Posted 2/7/08
Im in my 2nd year of uni so i graduate in one year and even I dont no wat i want to do.....dont stress now because there are always options available no matter what stage your at.
Posted 2/7/08
Personally I don't think is a problem wondering what you want to do in the future. It is good to think of options, that way you know what you need to take and what to do. You don't waste your time, your money, and most importantly you don't go into something that your not 100% committed to.

So don't rush yourself, if you feel that you don't know what you want to do, seriously take a year off and experience what is out there. In high school I always assumed I wanted to go into Nano Technology but as my senior year was cutting close to an end I realized I did not want to go to school for another 11-12 years! So I was in a complete jam as to what to do! I didn't know what to take in University.

Hah so I took a year off, traveled, took some random workshops and classes, worked in different fields, and met amazing people along the way! I became a snowboarding instructor and witnessed so many things. Than eventually it hit me and I wanted to go into Physiotherapy. Don't know how but it did! And I am having a freaking blast!

So if you take a year off or even a semester your not wasting money or your time. I've met so many people who are in programs that they don't even want to be in! Some even went into Business just because it would be easier. Don't cut yourself short of a career you know you WOULD be happy with, rather then something to just go by for a living.

BUT if you feel that you must go into University because of parental pressure, and even peer pressure. Take general studies, or general sciences. Or even look into going to a College, alot of colleges now offer defrees. Or they do where I live. No one will look down on you for going to any type of post-secondary institute.
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edsamac wrote:

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.


I totally agree with that, since it happened to me. I changed my major during my senior year from engineering to finance after I took a finance class and really enjoyed it. Sure, it might take me another year or two but at least I will doing something I like rather than something I have no interest in anymore.
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