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    Red face Sick of my career, what should I become...


    Seriously, I have a B.S. in Economics. I am currently working as a business analyst for a large IT company. I do not like it or my career choice. I am basically just brainstorming right now, but I want to do something that interests me that I wouldnt need another 4-8 years of school for.

    So what does everyone else do? And do you like it?

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    Professional poker player. Economics is an excellent degree to have in conjunction with it; you'll be able to use your earnings for smart investments, and you have the statistics background as well.

    There are a couple very young and very successful players with economics degrees. Vanessa Rousso for example.
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    Nursing.......flexible schedule, good money, and make good connections with people in high places. You can get your ADN in nursing in 2 years if you have the correct pre-req's to enter the program. You can make a killing right now money wise. I find it a great fit for my lifestyle as it's very easy to schedule your job around your life....now how many jobs can you do that?
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    Im in manufacturing and fabrication. I am currently in the process of moving up from the 'son of the boss' to the owner over the next 5 years or so.

    Never been to school for it, so I"m not certified for ****. I've been around it since my parents started it when I was 5 back in '79, so I've learned alot basically for free.

    I wouldn't recommend going into this field necessarily. I would only recommend it if you were going to become an engineer. Thats because my experience has been great engineers have been previous machinists. I've dealt with plenty of engineers that 'just know' how to do stuff, and I end up re-engineering **** so its not 'just right, like the book says' but rather 'right, as in this fscking thing will work'.

    The bad part is, schooling doesn't teach you what you need to know. Only experience will. Starting wages suck ass unless you own the place. Topped out wages aren't much more than what a police officer makes, and around here that isn't much either.

    Engineers in my area can make between $40k and $70k per year. The higher earning engineers make more because they know how to set up and program a machine, as well as engineer the parts that they are going to make, hence the suggested machining experience.
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    well honestly i teach, preschool special ed...love my kids there all so cute, but i also have things to fall back on, I have my CDL, (have driven limos), and I also bartend, always nice to have that option.......Although now i am going back to school for nursing.......LOL

    So what interests you???
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    Wow thanks for all the responses. I will definitely look into these. I am not entirely sure what interests me at this point. Since I graduated with my undergrad degree I have only been working for the same company and havent really had the chance to branch out. Nursing sounds interesting as I do have some interest in medical related fields.

    FWIW, I do have a lot of experience sports handicapping (where my stats knowledge comes in handy). I thought about quitting and becoming a full time capper/tout but to be honest that doesnt even seem to interest me, plus its not a very respected industry/whatev.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gixxer82 View Post
    Im in the same boat as you travis. I've decided to drop my major because its no longer what I want. I don't have a damn clue. I think I am actually going to get into nursing or health/fitness. I can definitely see myself happy doing that than being an engineer. Damn engineering schools.
    Yep, figured I would try to find something I actually like before I get tied down with wife/kid/etc. I like the health/fitness stuff too (as I'm sure many do here), but the science seems even more interesting to me (endo specifically), but some of that stuff would pry put me in school for another 4+ years again. Just dont feel like being a poor college student again now that Im accustomed to this lifestyle.

    At least you havent finished your major yet.
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    I'll tell you travis that my heart is with the fitness industry, however with being a nurse I have many options and opportunities at every turn. i'm planning on doing my 3-12hours shifts a week in nursing, and then supplementing my income with personal training on my off time during the week. That way i have my job security and my true passion all in one.
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    nursing is a great profession. it was my third career choice (if i couldn't for some reason get into the dental hygiene field)

    my career choices:
    1. dental hygienist (i dont recommend it for men bc its much harder for them to find work)
    2. pharmacist or PA (toss up)
    3. RN
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    Cop isn't so bad
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayhawkk View Post
    Cop isn't so bad
    hey if i had a DUI 6 years ago could i still be a cop?
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    Depends on a lot of things but in most cases, yes.
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    It's sometimes hard to figure out what we want in life. I wanted to be a lawyer when I was in high school because I heard I could make piles of money. I always liked teaching others and I love sports and fitness so I decided to teach and coach high school football and I have no regrets.
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    cops - pretty nice idea
    teacher - lots of time off!


    it depends on what you want or need out of life, what you enjoy doing, etc...

    my dad (a dentist/orthodontist) has always told me that , "a job is a job, everything you do for a living one day will eventually just be a job". sad, but i think its true for most people. most people truly want to do something else but its simply not going to "cut it", such as being an artist, professional sports, model, actor, graphic designer, interior designer, food critic, movie critic. yes as always, some people will make amazing money doing what they LOVE but most people just settle.

    so for me, it comes down to having a lot of time to myself (no weekends or late weeknights) and good pay, so as long as i like my job enough, that is fine with me. if you were to ask me what my dream job would be, i'd like to sit at home and do charcoal drawings or teach elementary school autistic children, both of which would leave me the choice of top ramen or canned beans for dinner choices do to such poor wages. i'd be miserable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. Gimpy! View Post
    cops - pretty nice idea
    teacher - lots of time off!


    it depends on what you want or need out of life, what you enjoy doing, etc...

    my dad (a dentist/orthodontist) has always told me that , "a job is a job, everything you do for a living one day will eventually just be a job". sad, but i think its true for most people. most people truly want to do something else but its simply not going to "cut it", such as being an artist, professional sports, model, actor, graphic designer, interior designer, food critic, movie critic. yes as always, some people will make amazing money doing what they LOVE but most people just settle.

    so for me, it comes down to having a lot of time to myself (no weekends or late weeknights) and good pay, so as long as i like my job enough, that is fine with me. if you were to ask me what my dream job would be, i'd like to sit at home and do charcoal drawings or teach elementary school autistic children, both of which would leave me the choice of top ramen or canned beans for dinner choices do to such poor wages. i'd be miserable.
    A job will always be a job, no doubt about it. The big difference is will it be a miserable job, or an enjoyable one.

    Take a look at your personality, how you interact with other people, your hobbies(or lack thereof), and everything in your life that you feel "defines" you in some way. Like IW stated, sometimes it doesn't come down to what you want in life, but what you are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by prld2gr8ns View Post
    A job will always be a job, no doubt about it. The big difference is will it be a miserable job, or an enjoyable one.

    Take a look at your personality, how you interact with other people, your hobbies(or lack thereof), and everything in your life that you feel "defines" you in some way. Like IW stated, sometimes it doesn't come down to what you want in life, but what you are.
    nicely put
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    if you need time away from family and enjoy sand and hot weather i would recommend the military.... NOT!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. Gimpy! View Post
    cops - pretty nice idea
    teacher - lots of time off!


    it depends on what you want or need out of life, what you enjoy doing, etc...

    my dad (a dentist/orthodontist) has always told me that , "a job is a job, everything you do for a living one day will eventually just be a job". sad, but i think its true for most people. most people truly want to do something else but its simply not going to "cut it", such as being an artist, professional sports, model, actor, graphic designer, interior designer, food critic, movie critic. yes as always, some people will make amazing money doing what they LOVE but most people just settle.

    so for me, it comes down to having a lot of time to myself (no weekends or late weeknights) and good pay, so as long as i like my job enough, that is fine with me. if you were to ask me what my dream job would be, i'd like to sit at home and do charcoal drawings or teach elementary school autistic children, both of which would leave me the choice of top ramen or canned beans for dinner choices do to such poor wages. i'd be miserable.
    I can't agree with this one bit. If you only work a job for the money you will always be poor no matter how much money you make.

    In life you will put more hours at your 'job' than anything else except sleeping if you don't enjoy it that makes for a long life, and not in a good way IMO.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayhawkk View Post
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    thats a great job, especialy if you can pick where in iraq... say lsa anaconda which has a movie theatre and a huge huge gym! get paid 120,000 tax free for the year and be able to leave at anytime... thats cake
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    Depends on what you hold most important and how you're able to spend your free time to make up for any unhappiness caused by the job.
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    aviation safety. i chose this because i needed something with good bene's (kid), good pay/taxes (gov job), and i could feel good about.

    six months ago i was bringing my son and his mother to myrtle beach. at the airport i kept thinking about all of the bombings and terrorist attacks, and i could see the apprehension in some peoples eyes. i wanted to help make this a safer more comfortable experience (like it should be). so recently i set up an aptitude test to decide what specific jobs/pay scales i'd be eligable for. it ranges from 12 to 48 bucks an hour starting, and the test is very similar to the ASVAB (which i got a 99 on two years ago).

    my true love will always be the nutrition field; but i have a son (who didn't ask to be here), and i can't support him if i'm in school right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CROWLER View Post
    I can't agree with this one bit. If you only work a job for the money you will always be poor no matter how much money you make.

    In life you will put more hours at your 'job' than anything else except sleeping if you don't enjoy it that makes for a long life, and not in a good way IMO.


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    i must say the same to you. i can definitely see your point though.

    to me, even though you will spend a good majority of your life at the "job" the most important part of my life is my home life. so even though my home life is a small fraction compared to my work life, it has more value. so, the sacrifice is well worth it.

    i work a mediocre paying job:
    Pros:
    -i love every minute of my job

    Cons:
    -too many hours, therefore less time for the family(possibly)
    -quality of life at home slightly lacks
    -no great family vacations, getaways (best memories i have of my family and fiance)
    -medical and dental care is possibly not high on the scale of priorities
    -food choices are limited (i love eating)
    -stress about finances
    -can't live where you want to live
    -less money to put into retirement



    great paying job but i dont LOVE it, simply like:
    pros:
    -more time with the family
    -can afford numerous family getaways and vacations
    -health and dental care is easily affordable
    -less financial stress
    -can eat what you want when you want it
    -live where you want
    -can enjoy your golden years with your spouse better

    cons:
    -dont LOVE the job
    -can't wait to get home



    like jayhawk says though, its about how you prioritize your life and what is important to you. to some it truly is about loving your job and others its more about having a great home life. few lucky people get the best of both worlds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gixxer82 View Post
    Very good point, you're making the right choice. Many parents don't even care about their kids. You got your priorities straight man.
    thanks bro. IMO that's humanities greatest and most important task; propigating a new generation of family and contributors to the world. i watched the history channel all day today about the Hamburg Cell (alcaida), and it just made me want the job so much more. let one of these dirtbags try some terorism on my watch! it'll look like a Stephen Segal flick.
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    What is the average salary of a registered nurse (RN)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CROWLER View Post
    I can't agree with this one bit. If you only work a job for the money you will always be poor no matter how much money you make.
    This depends on the person. I'm sure more than 50% pursue professional degrees for the sheer fact that you typically make six figures when coming out of school. Sure, for the first few years, you have to put in a LOT of time (especially if you're working for a huge firm or in residency), but after a few years, you get to make your own hours and make BANK.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. Gimpy! View Post
    i must say the same to you. i can definitely see your point though.

    to me, even though you will spend a good majority of your life at the "job" the most important part of my life is my home life. so even though my home life is a small fraction compared to my work life, it has more value. so, the sacrifice is well worth it.

    i work a mediocre paying job:
    Pros:
    -i love every minute of my job

    Cons:
    -too many hours, therefore less time for the family(possibly)
    -quality of life at home slightly lacks
    -no great family vacations, getaways (best memories i have of my family and fiance)
    -medical and dental care is possibly not high on the scale of priorities
    -food choices are limited (i love eating)
    -stress about finances
    -can't live where you want to live
    -less money to put into retirement



    great paying job but i dont LOVE it, simply like:
    pros:
    -more time with the family
    -can afford numerous family getaways and vacations
    -health and dental care is easily affordable
    -less financial stress
    -can eat what you want when you want it
    -live where you want
    -can enjoy your golden years with your spouse better

    cons:
    -dont LOVE the job
    -can't wait to get home



    like jayhawk says though, its about how you prioritize your life and what is important to you. to some it truly is about loving your job and others its more about having a great home life. few lucky people get the best of both worlds.


    Why can't you have a great paying job you love?


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    Quote Originally Posted by AM07 View Post
    What is the average salary of a registered nurse (RN)?
    I keep hearing around $50K/yr starting, but with the huge demand, as high as $75K/yr with signing bonuses.

    Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong
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