- 2 years ago
I am having such a difficult time figuring out what the heck I want do career wise for my life. In 2011, I failed out of college my first semester (social anxiety and immaturity), worked for 4 years in fast food, and went back to school in 2016. I am currently enrolled in a community college, going on 4th semester, and I’m still not ready to transfer or have decided on a major, I have jumped back and forth between so many. I also work in food service as a shift manager.
i live in southern california, in a tiny study apartment with my bf (we’ve been in the same place for 5 yrs, can’t afford to move). I’m 25 years old, and am itching to get out of food service and into a “real” adult job, and want an “adult” 1 bedroom apartment as well. I also want to get a degree, but I’m uncertain as to whether I want to go for an associates, bachelor’s, or master. When I started, I was aiming for a 4yr-8yr degree. Now though, I’m realizing that means several more years in a crappy food service job, several more years in this tiny, crammed studio apartment, several more years of living paycheck to paycheck, and I don’t think I want that anymore. Oh, and we also can’t afford get married until I finish school, due to my financial aid, which is annoying.
I really just want a better life style.
I’m very introverted, so I think I might actually like an office job. I would love a Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm, has raises, health/dental/vision insurance, vacation and sick days, 401k type of job like my boyfriend has. I think I would be quite content with my own cubicle and to work alone.
I like math, and don’t mind working with computers and programs like excel. I have thought about accounting before, but as I get older, it gets more appealing. My main three concerns for a job are stability, helping people- in some way, and allowing me to have the lifestyle I want (ie larger apt, ability to take vacations, ability to call in sick when sick, have a growing savings, pay off debt, etc.).
So my main questions:
1) Would taking an introductory accounting class help me determine if I would like accounting? I’m not sure the relationship between being an accountant vs. taking a course.
2) What degree is needed? Associates? Bachelor’s? Masters? What is the difference towards salary and types/amounts of job available with each degree?Ideally, I want a gross salary of 40-50K.
3) My school offers the following associates degrees: AA in Accounting, AA in Bookkeeping, and automated accounting techinician certificate. Would the certificate help me land a part time job as a continue through college? Which associates degree is more useful?
4) Would earning an AA-T in business admininstration, and then a bachelor’s of science in business administration with a focus in accounting be better?
5) Would taking this semester off be a good idea? With taking it off, I would be able to work full time so we could get in a better situation financially, and I would be able to afford to take professional driving lessons so I could get my driver’s license. I do not have my driver’s license, driving terrifies me and I’m certain I have dyspraxia, which makes it a lot more difficult to learn how to drive, but I want to get it. The only way that is happening is with several profressional driving lessons. I’d also aim to develop a solid career plan so I can transfer soon. I feel like a failure taking a semester off though, even if I plan to go back.
Other careers I’ve considerered:
-medical field (everything from medical assistant to ultrasound pediatrician, after introductory bio and chem, no desire to continue with advanced bio and chem courses, weak stomach)
-forensic scientist/specialist (love the hands on aspect, but do not want to take all the hard science classes)
-social worker/mft (love the aspect of helping people, but mentally I don’t think I could handle it)
-preschool/teacher (shadowed, not for me)
-dental assistant/hygenist/dentist (hard sciences, can’t do vomit, weak stomach)
Thank you for any advice! I’ve been to the career center counselor and taken all of the tests, but it doesn’t help me narrow down things or make a solid decision.