Post # 1
its been a while but im back:)
so basically i have no idea what im doing anymore, broke up with the man i thought i was going to marry in the so now my whole life is upin a heap basically..
but back to the topic at hand, what course would you do if you didnt know what you really wanted to do in the future?
i think il go travelling next year and make a new start but job wise, i have no qualifications:( dropped out of college after a year and currently run one shop for family, im half way through a childcare course but id like to try something else in september before i leave so at least il have something on my CV.
there’s so many things id like to try to get a taste for them and see if i like them – vet. nursing, chef, beauty therapy..
i just have no idea what i want to so with myself and dont want to think about going back for a degree until i know for sure what it is i want to do! friends have suggested receptionist/secretarial course, as its pretty general and will help in almost any job but id like to do something else too.
has anyone ever had this problem and if so what did you do?
(working full time so i woiuld only apply for a diploma because i can do evening classes or online)
Post # 3
I’m in the same boat, but don’t really have any answers for you. I have a BA in history and am an admin right now. I really have no clue what I want to do with myself and unfortunately don’t really have any qualifications either.
I always think about going back for something, but I already have student loans from my BA and I’m not ready to assume any more debt.
In the meantime I’m just kinda floating along, taking it one day at a time.
Sorry that wasn’t very helpful, but you’re not alone!
Post # 4
I was there about a year ago, but I had an opportunity literally fall into my lap. Never in a million years thought I would stay in insurance (that’s what I did to put me through school but I wanted to be a sustainability management consultant) and I am now a life insurance broker for an awesome company. Money is great, coworkers are fantastic, and I can work as much or as little as I want
Post # 5
the idea of going back to school kind of scares me:S that’s why im doing the childcare course online at the moment!
im painfully shy around people i dont know, and i was never much of a book/ school person but thats not a very good excuse if i went to interview for a new job somewhere down the line:P
Post # 6
I have no idea what I want to do with the rest of my life. But Im not worrying too much about it. It would drive me crazy if I did!
Post # 7
It’s not unusual to not have a clear path. Apparently the average person is now predicted to have between 5 and 7 different careers-not just jobs- in their lifetime.
Every job you do gives you transferable skills to do something else.
Post # 8
Totally hear you. I have a BA in Music Business and I’ve been working a job I hate for the past 3 years. Not sure what my next step will be, but I know I can’t keep doing this!
Good luck to you though. I hope you find some peace of mind in whatever you end up doing!
Post # 9
It may be helpful to meet with a career counselor. I believe many colleges offer this service for free. I did this (albeit many moons ago) when I was in college and it helped shape my educational goals towards the career track most suited for me.
Post # 10
I’m sorry you’re feeling this way. I’m in the same boat as far as schooling goes. I’m currently in school but I’m basically just doing it to put off having to pay back student loans – not a very good motivation to do well in my classes. I have no idea what I want to do. If you want to get a skill quickly you could look into Certified Nursing Assisstant (CNA/LNA/Nurses Aide) courses. Of course, it depends on what state you’re in (if you’re in the US) how long it takes. I managed to get my certificate within a month. I got pregnant right afterwards though so I never got a job doing it because I couldn’t physically do the work. Or you could look into community/junior colleges that offer certificate programs such as accounting or paralegal. A lot of community colleges have online courses now and many night courses because they’re used to working with students who work full time. Look at the silver lining – this is a time in your life that you get to explore and make mistakes without tons of worry. Just enjoy the ride. That’s what I try to remind myself when I start thinking about the future.
Post # 11
thanks for the advice:)
im from ireland but i think theres care assistant courses, part time hopefully! Theres always either working in a hospital or doing home help from there:)
i just dont want to blow a ton of money for something i might not like a few weeks after getting into it.. its happened before, so i wont do it again unless im sure i know what i want:)
Post # 12
I’m in the same boat. I’m finishing my bachelor’s degree, but I still don’t know what I want to do. Can you go back to school doing a general major until you decide? I am majoring in English right now because I like reading and writing, but I have no clue what I’m going to do after I graduate. Maybe something like that will help?
Also, research things you are interested in. That might help you narrow it down some.
Post # 13
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I don’t think it’s bad or unusual to not know what you want. It takes us all a little while, and its not worth putting your all into something you’re not sure about.
Spend some time with people who do these jobs, if you can and see if you can narrow down where you want to put your energy.
That said, you mentioned vet and, as a vet, I wanted to add my two cents. Vet school is remarkably like med school. It is demanding of your energy, mind, and time…. for 7-8 years. I have no doubt that you could do it if you set your mind to it, but it’s something to be really sure of. Being a vet is fantastic and challanging and fun. Vet school (to be honest) sucks.
Post # 14
Yeah most days I don’t either. I’m moving with my husband to a new city this summer so currently looking for a job there. Its really hard. We’ve never lived there so its hard to know what to expect. He’s going to grad school so I NEED to get a job to support the both of us while he takes out more student loans. No pressure right?!?
Post # 15
If you’re painfully shy around people to the point of limiting your future prospects, I think that is the most important part of yourself to work on over the next couple of years, as it is what will limit you the most. It will limit the types of guys you meet and the kind of relationships you have, it will limit your education and thus what types of jobs you can do, it will limit the interviewing process. If you are painfully shy, why are you training for a job where you have to deal with parents and kids all the time? A vet, beauty, nursing are all fields that are heavily people-intensive. You’re going to have to get yourself in a position to handle that!
Post # 16
@lemonlavender oh i know, thats why i was thinking of going for the nursing or animal husbandry course! There’s no way in hell i could qualify to be a vet, i know here i needed to do higher level chemistry and i ended up doing biology instead, even as a mature student (you have to be 23+) i still think id need to have something in chemistry to be a vet, where as an assistant’s course could like be a step in the right direction.
@crayfish i can deal with people well, i work in retail so its daily. but i do get shy in a group setting, like classes, school etc. I could talk for ireland outside of the classroom but inside, i dunno, im kind opf afraid id make a fool of myself for not knowing some basic stuff.. which is stupid i know, i had lots of friends in college, its the whole making new ones.
anywho, i think im going to meet up with a career officer in FAS( training programmes, apprenticeships, evenuing classes, full/part time courses) and see whats available to be as of right now.
thanks for all the advice:)