Starting a career..

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
1802 posts
Buzzing bee

No matter what career you choose you will spend some time starting things up to actually get into what your career really is. For example, I know people who have skipped college to go right into the work force. I am only 20, so I’ve been out of high school for 2.5 years now. None of the people who have skipped college are really making a huge amount of money at all, and they aren’t in the positions that they want to be in. It took three years for my SO to move up from holiday hire to assistant manager of his store, and he has many more years to go before he will be anywhere close to where he wants to be in that company if he chooses to stay. 

You may have years left of school, but think of it this way: once you finish dental school and become licensed all you have to do is obtain a job and you are in the position that you have dreamed about right away. You don’t have to work your way up from office secretary, to assistant, to hygienist and then dentist. Once you are 27 you will be there! 

I am constantly having to remind myself of this. If I wasn’t going to college and getting an education right now I would either be doing what I’m doing now (nannying) which doesn’t involve moving up at all or ever making a lot of money, or doing something else where I would be starting off at the bottom of the barrel. 

I just like to think that if it’s annoying now not to have a stable career with great hours and pay that it will be even more annoying in ten years when I realize that I could have gotten schooling and career starting over with years ago, and then I would be set financially for years to come. It’s 4-8 years now for 30+ years of working in a comfortable position, or skipping ahead and working 35+ years doing something you may not necessarily enjoy.

Post # 5
2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@brownfam11:  how long until you graduate (and enter dental school?) My husband got his masters in music (we are 25) and he changed directions completely and will actually be entering dental school soon. The thing is that no matter what, the time will pass anyways. If you skip out on what you really want, just to start a career sooner, you wont be happier in the long run. You will either be 27 and a dentist or 27 with a career you didnt really want.

Post # 7
11391 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I was 23, but I don’t like it. I don’t think I took long enough to figure out what I’d really want to do, I just sort of took the path of least reistance. So now I’m 29 working on starting a second career, which is really hard! If you have the career you actually want to stay in figured out and started by 27, I’d say you’re doing pretty damn good!

Post # 8
3280 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I kick myself all the time for picking a career where I must go to grad school. I am SOO ready for the financial stability, move back home, and be done with school! I know in the end having a master’s will be helpful and I’m going for speech-pathology which is a good field. I will graduate my undergrad a year early which is awesome but I still dread spending 2 more years in school. I will get my master’s at 23, so not exactly the same but I know what you mean. Just focus on the end goal and you will get through it! Dentists make good money as I’m sure you know, so in the end it will be worth it. Good luck to both of you! 

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