Sick of my career, what should I become...
09-05-2007 10:53 PM
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?
09-05-2007 11:43 PM
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.
09-05-2007 11:51 PM
09-06-2007 01:40 AM
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?
Last edited by Trauma1; 09-06-2007 at 01:05 PM.
09-06-2007 02:16 AM
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.
09-06-2007 05:17 PM
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???
09-06-2007 06:16 PM
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.
09-06-2007 06:45 PM
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.
Originally Posted by Gixxer82
At least you havent finished your major yet.
09-06-2007 09:00 PM
I'm a something in the financial software industry, I think my title is assistant to the CIO or product development manager or something like that.
Getting involved in the finance industry can be rewarding + lucrative. If the money is a little easier to loose for life quality, working for credit unions is great. their internal cultures are hard to beat as far as truly caring for their staff. Great flexibility, great benefits. Since they are non profits, they are driven more by relationships + people than by profits + stockholders
09-06-2007 09:32 PM
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.
09-07-2007 03:22 AM
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)
09-07-2007 03:34 AM
Cop isn't so bad
09-07-2007 03:40 AM
hey if i had a DUI 6 years ago could i still be a cop?
Originally Posted by Jayhawkk
09-08-2007 01:36 AM
Depends on a lot of things but in most cases, yes.
09-08-2007 02:32 AM
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.
09-08-2007 04:30 AM
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.
09-08-2007 07:15 AM
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.
Originally Posted by Mrs. Gimpy!
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.
~ Nothing can kill the Grimace!!
09-08-2007 12:46 PM
Originally Posted by prld2gr8ns
09-08-2007 10:13 PM
if you need time away from family and enjoy sand and hot weather i would recommend the military.... NOT!!!
09-08-2007 10:24 PM
Contractor over in Iraq
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