What to do?


artist
on Jan 12, 2007 @ 07:05 pm

For all those out there who are done school and working full time:

How did you know what you wanted to do and in which direction you wanted to go?

It's something that is so hard to figure out.
 


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rams
It's Really hard... on Jan 12, 2007 @ 07:29 pm

I graduated college (computer area) and got a job in a totally unrelated field (film and television - nothing to do with computers). Now that I've worked there for almost 9 years and never upgraded my computer skills, it'll be really expensive if I want to go back to it. I am thinking of changing my field and going back to college but am undecided what area to go into. Scary!
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artist
Interesting on Jan 13, 2007 @ 09:11 am

I talk to many people and they tell me that they're doing something that is completely unrelated to their degree. Also, they tell me that it takes a while of trying out new things and seeing you if you like it.

I'm at the stage in university where I am not sure if my program is right for me. I'm totally questioning it... it is really hard. I know for sure I will be finishing my degree (that would be wasteful) but it's what I'm going to do after that is the question.
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Ali de Bold
Whatever you do, finish that degree! on Jan 13, 2007 @ 06:36 pm

Unless you want to be a doctor or a lawyer which require a very specific degree just finish what you're doing in school. Your degree doesn't matter when it comes to getting the job you want, just as long as you have one.

I went back to school because the television industry is so competitive and this degree I'm working on is supposedly the best in Canada. Of course now I'm doing web stuff which I have no training in whatsoever.

Don't feel that you have to commit to one thing for the rest of your life. Finish your degree then apply for jobs that really interest you. Employers primarily are looking for someone smart and capable who they can get along with and will gel well with the team. Your degree shouldn't limit you, just get your foot in the door.

Good luck!
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MizzRobin
I agree! on Jan 14, 2007 @ 10:50 pm

The best bet is to finish your degree and then when you get into the work world and start applying for a job, try to find a happy medium between what you like and what you took in school. Employers just want to see that you have the degree because it proves that you have the commitment and sacrifice it takes to complete it. In the end they will hire someone they think is capable (something that can't really be learned in school anyway). The degree will help you get the interview and once you are there the rest is up to you...
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rams
I agree as well... on Jan 15, 2007 @ 05:04 pm

I never would have gotten where I am if I did not have, at least, a diploma from college. Probably would have gotten further if I had a degree of some sort. It's never too late though ;)
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artist
Future...? on Jan 15, 2007 @ 05:32 pm

I know that the future should not be feared, but I get that because I am in a visual arts program. Jobs are not always readily available to art majors, but it is my passion and that is why I wanted to study it.

The thing I am learning is that the more I work to complete my degree, the more I am finding that I have interests elsewhere other than within the artistic realm. I just worry that if I choose to go into a completely different direction, I won't have the basis for it.

But from what I hear, it looks like many people study one program and then end up somewhere completely different! That is, whether or not they choose to go back to school. I think I will be going back to school in the future, I'm not afraid to say that I do enjoy school very much... it's just a matter how long I can afford to be!
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MizzRobin
No worries... on Jan 16, 2007 @ 01:21 pm

I am sure you will be fine, you sound like you have a good head on your shoulders. Most people I know do work outside of their field of study but find ways to tie in their knowledge from school into their jobs. Having said that, there is nothing wrong with following your passion in school and in the work world as well!
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