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Post by lonelynation on Sat Oct 24, 2009 7:45 pm

Hi everyone.
I'm having a crisis right now.
I'm soon to be 19 in a couple of weeks, and I'm feeling really stressed about my plan as far as a career goes. I know everyone says that you don't have to know now - but I want to. I need to.
I'm currently in school (my first semester) and at first I liked it, but now having all of this work I just think to myself.. Is this really what I want to do? I mean you get so many assignments and I think to myself.. When will I ever need to use this? I'm just feeling so overwhelmed right now.
I don't want to keep paying for school (seeing as how expensive it is) only to not end up doing anything with it.
I'm interested in just hearing what some of you do for a living.
Anything would help at this point. Sad
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Post by Rach on Sat Oct 24, 2009 7:50 pm

I start a new job on Monday working for the government but I have had lots of jobs! I used to work for the Immigration Service, for a debt management charity, I was also a legal secretary for a big law firm and an administrator for a small finance company.

I get bored to easily and have to move on all the time because I haven't found my dream job yet. I am a singer and this is all I want to do but I doubt that will ever happen so like you I am stuck.

I don't think anyone can tell you what job to do. You have to want to do it and it needs to come from your heart and be something you love Smile
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Post by lonelynation on Sat Oct 24, 2009 7:51 pm

Well I guess it's just that I think financially as well.
One day down the line I want to have a family - which requires money.
I just want to make sure I'm comfortable in the income sense.
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Post by ~~Kristy~~ on Sat Oct 24, 2009 7:59 pm

I'm not sure if this counts but I babysit and I get paid for babysitting.
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Post by mjssoulmate on Sat Oct 24, 2009 8:05 pm

Well, if you are thinking financially... Don't go into teaching!!! It's incredibly underpaid and the burn-out rate is really high.
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Post by neverlandprincess on Sat Oct 24, 2009 8:11 pm

Ohh wow...I remember my career decison crisis at nineteen...those were the days. I am still in a crisis! HA-Rach you are younger then me right-sounds like you have had some cool jobs.
I went to college for like two semesters after my divorce. I have worked as a barista at a coffee shop. I have been an assistant manager at a fast food wanna be coffee shop(I really like my coffee). I have worked a hell job at a factory. The best job I ever had was in Ohio at Country Club....lots of fancy people from all over the world. Great pay and it was easy. I got to bartend there as well. It made me actualy want to be a professional bartender-even though I DO NOT DRINK. Now I am back in Alabama working as an assistant to the stock supervisor of a grocery store....one day I will figure my life out.
I love to write and I love music...all I want is to get out of debt (credit and student loan) and just live and be happy. I will tell you this-you don't have to know RIGHt NOW. Sure you do not want to be like me-27 and still not have a career-but life is about growing and learning. I have seen many people rush and stress when they are straight out of highschool and change majors 4 or 5 times. Don't let others dictate your life for you and if you need to take a break do it. JUST don't get married to escape it and don't get into debt-LOL. I could have enjoyed the paast few years had I NOT DONE THAT. Just live-be happy. Make plans but make sure you are at peace in your heart with them. Don't make a career decision soley for money. I went to college in Ohio and got a Pastoral Leadership Diploma. I am not gonna open a church any time soon but I learned alot and I love learning...so this probably did not help you in the least. Sorry.
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Post by michaelinspiresme on Sat Oct 24, 2009 8:43 pm

I feel your pain! Before I graduated college I had 4 majors. It's hard sometimes to know what you want to do when you are just out of high school. I work in television production. I love it and have always wanted to do it but it was a rough road getting there. I was 25 when I graduated and I don't regret taking some extra time to figure out what I wanted. Take some time off from school if you feel you need it. Good luck and follow your heart. It will lead you in the right direction always!
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Post by lonelynation on Sat Oct 24, 2009 8:45 pm

Thank you all so much for your answers.
I really feel a lot better Smile
I appreciate it so much!
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Post by GirlSaturday on Sat Oct 24, 2009 9:52 pm

Freelance marketing professional.

Talk to someone who is actually doing the job that you seek. It is a great way to learn the ups and downs before you commit yourself to study for one job and only to end up changing because it is different than what you thought it to be.

Talk to a couple people: one who has worked in that field for under 5 years and then perhaps another who has worked that job for 10-15 years. You will get a great perspective from both. Also if your schedule permits, find out if you can shadow someone and see what a typical work day might be for that person.

Consider finances but do not chase a paycheck. Choose a field that you truly have a passion for. In the past, I had a few jobs that paid very well and I hated to wake up in the morning on a work day.
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Post by ksrbw on Sat Oct 24, 2009 10:37 pm

I'm a Kentucky state registered nursing assistant, also medication aide once in Florida, i've been doing this for over 25 years, i love the profession, the ksrbw is a play on this Kentucky state registered butt washer, it's a joke within the profession What do you do for a living? Lol
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Post by GirlSaturday on Sat Oct 24, 2009 10:41 pm

Make sure that people show you some damn respect when they address you.
That should be Ms Kentucky State Registered Butt Washer.They better say ma'am too. What do you do for a living? Lol

ksrbw wrote:I'm a Kentucky state registered nursing assistant, also medication aide once in Florida, i've been doing this for over 25 years, i love the profession, the ksrbw is a play on this Kentucky state registered butt washer, it's a joke within the profession What do you do for a living? Lol
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Post by JustJamiee on Sat Oct 24, 2009 10:58 pm

I attend High School Smile
10th Grade Wink
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Post by ksrbw on Sat Oct 24, 2009 11:11 pm

ROTFLMAO, thanks and i needed that, been one of them weeks What do you do for a living? Affraid
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Post by HeavyHearts on Sat Oct 24, 2009 11:57 pm

I am a high school music teacher :-)
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Post by MJonMyMind on Sun Oct 25, 2009 12:32 am

Im A Youth worker,,,I work with children who have been either abandonded

not wanted, or have no home. I also work with children in the Juvenile Justice System...

I also work with State Care Children, Children that are under the Guardian

of the Government. A Very rewarding job! as I take care of children

that has suffered so many types of abuse!!!
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Post by ILuvUMoreMJ on Sun Oct 25, 2009 2:29 am

Wow, what a wide cross section of careers! I agree that you should take your time to figure out what you'd like to do. I still had no idea even once I finished university, and even though I didn't exactly end up using my degree, I won't ever think it was a waste of time or money. All I can say is find something you think you'll enjoy, where your passion lies, and hopefully the money part will follow. Of course you'll need to be a tiny bit realistic too. Wink I don't want to say exactly what I do, other than tell you I run my own business, just because this forum isn't private and anyone can google stuff and see our posts. I don't want my clients to think I've gone around the bend. Laughing
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Post by GirlSaturday on Sun Oct 25, 2009 3:29 am

I love your last comment.

Wouldn't it be funny if one of your clients is actually a member of this forum too? I've often wondered if I will eventually bump into someone that I really know.
What do you do for a living? Lol

ILuvUMoreMJ wrote:Wow, what a wide cross section of careers! I agree that you should take your time to figure out what you'd like to do. I still had no idea even once I finished university, and even though I didn't exactly end up using my degree, I won't ever think it was a waste of time or money. All I can say is find something you think you'll enjoy, where your passion lies, and hopefully the money part will follow. Of course you'll need to be a tiny bit realistic too. What do you do for a living? Icon_wink I don't want to say exactly what I do, other than tell you I run my own business, just because this forum isn't private and anyone can google stuff and see our posts. I don't want my clients to think I've gone around the bend. What do you do for a living? Icon_lol
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Post by ballongiraf on Mon Oct 26, 2009 1:14 pm

im a nurse. I work in a psychiatric hospital Smile
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Post by ishealive on Mon Oct 26, 2009 1:21 pm

I'm a Buying Assistant Smile
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Post by infinitylady on Mon Oct 26, 2009 1:29 pm

Future author,
real estate investor
student, network marketing business, and so much more.
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Post by Rach on Mon Oct 26, 2009 1:32 pm

I know I already contributed to this thread, but my first day of work in my new job is finally over! It feels like I have been waiting forever to start and I had a great day but I am exhausted Sad It's 7.30pm and I am ready to crawl into bed!

The only down side is now I won't have as much time to spend on the forum which is a shame but I guess that's what weekends are for Very Happy
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Post by amber on Mon Oct 26, 2009 1:39 pm

ballongiraf wrote:im a nurse. I work in a psychiatric hospital What do you do for a living? Icon_smile
Great, please stay you maybe needed for us later What do you do for a living? Lol Im a horse psycologist,have worked and lived with horses my whole life so my career move was easy. What do you do for a living? Icon_cool
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Post by THE JACKSONOLOGIST on Mon Oct 26, 2009 1:41 pm

I am an office manager for a company that does interior design.

I went to college for criminal law...so you can see I used my degree!!
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Post by amber on Mon Oct 26, 2009 1:48 pm

THE JACKSONOLOGIST wrote:I am an office manager for a company that does interior design.

I went to college for criminal law...so you can see I used my degree!!
Yep, you too maybe needed later to help with the whole murray thing....this great a criminal lawyer and psychiatrist all under our roof..fab What do you do for a living? Lol
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Post by EarthAngel90 on Mon Oct 26, 2009 3:50 pm

I am 19 & I don't want go back to school so soon for me ..... I know how you are feeling right at this moment .... I am still thinking ... I like not being school right now ...
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Post by infinitylady on Mon Oct 26, 2009 3:57 pm

Earth,

Hey, take your time. I went back to school at 29 so take your time.
You are very young. What is it that you really want to do?
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Post by WanaBstartnSthn on Mon Oct 26, 2009 4:01 pm

I work for a lab facility. I bill health insurance companies for the tests we do on urine, stool, saliva, and all that other nasty crap that comes out of people! What do you do for a living? Icon_biggrin
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Post by infinitylady on Mon Oct 26, 2009 4:03 pm

Wana,

Somebody gotta do it. More power to ya! Smile
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Post by See on Tue Oct 27, 2009 3:37 pm

infinitylady wrote:Earth,

Hey, take your time. I went back to school at 29 so take your time.
You are very young. What is it that you really want to do?

hmm I after my bachlor I worked as a legal consultant and hated it What do you do for a living? Icon_evil
So now I'm studiying again for another bachlor... And I'm 26, wish I had never done Law!
Better to wait and see what you like than making a mistake like mine
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Post by yaya on Tue Oct 27, 2009 4:17 pm

i got my degree in psychology (and also took a lot of criminal justice classes before i switched to psychology), since i'm interested in counseling. BUT, i haven't used my degree whatsoever and i honestly don't think i will (a counseling job will require a master's degree). if anything, i will go into graphic design since i'm an artist. for the meantime, i am not working...i'm simply a housewife What do you do for a living? Icon_eek

but whatever you decide to do, make sure it's something you can at least halfway enjoy. for me, i CANNOT work at a place i don't like, or with people i don't like. i've done it before in college. i just can't. the only way i can be content, happy and comfortable in the workplace is if i'm self employed, lol...seriously.
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Post by Truth_or_Dare on Tue Oct 27, 2009 4:42 pm

I'm an actress. At the moment I work with children: theater for kids, acting classes for kids, and organizing parties for them with animation. And theater for adults and from time to time movies.The dont do many of those here as they do in the States.
And this is what I do for a living! What do you do for a living? Lol
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Post by christina on Tue Oct 27, 2009 5:45 pm

Hi everybody,

I've been reading each one of your posts for months. You're just incredible : you're doing a great job ! You give me hope, you make me smile, you make me feel understood. I'm so grateful for that.What do you do for a living? Icon_biggrin
Just 2 words to introduce myself : I'm half french, half portuguese, married, 39 years old, 2 WONDERFUL daughters (7 and 10) and I love Michael for almost 30 years now...time flies!!! What do you do for a living? Icon_rolleyes
I'm a sales rep in pharma industry. Nice job as I work for a little company (compared to huge groups) interested in developping therapies in different fields such as rare diseases affecting children.

I miss Michael so much, but keep the faith!!!
I know he's not gone... and I'm happy I found you What do you do for a living? Icon_cheers
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Post by MJFOREVER on Wed Oct 28, 2009 2:12 pm

ZOO/ANIMAL KEEPER in training Smile
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Post by ezzramj on Wed Oct 28, 2009 2:25 pm

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/respectingmichaeljackson
a bit off topic but i would gladly spend the rest of my life honoring MJ
please sign this petition and pass the message on
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Post by amber on Wed Oct 28, 2009 2:31 pm

ezzramj wrote:http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/respectingmichaeljackson
a bit off topic but i would gladly spend the rest of my life honoring MJ
please sign this petition and pass the message on
What do you do for a living? Lol this made me chuckle,but at least it gets it signed What do you do for a living? Icon_biggrin
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Post by ezzramj on Wed Oct 28, 2009 2:34 pm

thx to all, send this by email to all friends and colleagues and paste it on every thread and forum you have access to, thx to all, it's all for L.O.V.E.
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Post by xXxAmyxXx on Wed Oct 28, 2009 2:36 pm

MJFOREVER wrote:ZOO/ANIMAL KEEPER in training What do you do for a living? Icon_smile


aww thats a dream of mine lucky you What do you do for a living? Icon_biggrin

i dont have a job at the moment its so hard cos where i live its so small and hardly anything so im stuck at home all day everyday and its getting me down cos i feel so lonely and lost im only 20! What do you do for a living? Icon_sad
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Post by The Little White Bird on Wed Oct 28, 2009 2:38 pm

Hi everyone.
I'm having a crisis right now.
I'm
soon to be 19 in a couple of weeks, and I'm feeling really stressed
about my plan as far as a career goes. I know everyone says that you
don't have to know now - but I want to. I need to.
I'm
currently in school (my first semester) and at first I liked it, but
now having all of this work I just think to myself.. Is this really
what I want to do? I mean you get so many assignments and I think to
myself.. When will I ever need to use this? I'm just feeling so
overwhelmed right now.
I don't want to keep paying for school (seeing as how expensive it is) only to not end up doing anything with it.
I'm interested in just hearing what some of you do for a living.
Anything would help at this point. What do you do for a living? Icon_sad

Stand up comedian.
They laughed at me when i said i wanted to be a comedian. Well let me assure you, they're not laughing now..........erm....... What do you do for a living? Icon_sad
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