(Closed) I’m having a change of heart about my career, and now’s the time to switch

posted 6 years ago in College
Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

What are things that you enjoy? 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

What are your hobbies? It all depends on what you like to do. I had a friend who was an office assistant and she had a passion for beauty so she went to cosmotology school and got certified. Took her 2 years I think. Now she’s a makeup artist.

My advice is to aim for something you will enjoy doing and not something to make money.

I got a degree in communications then I got a job in graphic design. So here I am getting a second bachelors online in graphic design. It’s only going to take me 2 years because I’m going to Full sail which is a year round school and their degrees are typically only 2.5 years long. I’m transferring in a lot of credit too.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Well, other than the questions above about what you’re interested in, what do you consider a good job?  Fulfilling? Money? Making a difference? “Good” is such a vague description. 

Post # 8
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Honey bee

If you have no idea what you want to do, then maybe take some time off from school. Theres not point to pay all that money for a career you have no interest in.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

If you love beauty, have you thought about cosmetology school? It’s only 9 months, I think.   Specifically, being an esthetician.  I know every time I look for a job as a spa receptionist or something, I see ads for estheticians everywhere.  I know hair and makeup is hard to find a job in, but, at least in Austin, If you want to give people pretty skin or rip their hair out, the market’s open.

 

By The Way: I got brazilians religiously for 3 years and was changing careers at the time.  Of the 10 or so women who were down there waxing and tweezing, each and every one of them said nothing short of amazing things about their jobs.  They seem to love it.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Well the good news is that you figured out you didn’t want to do that before you spent all the time and money getting your Bachelor’s.  Another good thing is that because you’re in a AA program, you can take classes to find something you are passionate about.  If you can’t afford just to take classes, I would try to get a job or an internship (since jobs aren’t that easy to get) in something you might be passionate about.  If you can’t get either, just ask if you can shadow someone that is currently a thought leader in that profession for maybe a week or so.  If you like beauty, try getting a job at a makeup counter in retail or as a sweeper at a nice hair salon.  If you like baking, get a job at a cupcake shop or even in a restaurant that caters to desserts.  This will give you an opportunity to watch others do the job you would eventually do in their natural environment and help you decide if it’s something you want to do to. 

If your job is just to get an MRS degree, I wouldn’t put forth a lot of money towards your career though.  If you really are perfectly content with being a Stay-At-Home Mom for the rest of your life, just look for odd jobs, maybe in retail, until you’re ready to have a baby.  Otherwise, all that education is a waste of time.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@ananeele:  

I’m not sure I agree with the “waste of education,” sentiment.  I don’t ever want to be a Stay-At-Home Mom, but if that were in my plans, I think I’d still want an education.

For me, at least, education serves to make me more aware of the issues in the world and makes me a more interesting person.  I can’t help but think that my children will get a better version of myself for my pursuing a degree… whether use it or not. 

I know there are lots of other ways to be interesting, but I can’t really agree that getting a degree and then being a Stay-At-Home Mom is a waste.  Maybe a waste of money, if you look at in from a purely financial standpoint, but the education itself is useful and can’t ever be taken away from you.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I quit a lucrative sales career to “finish school.” Two weeks after I quit, through a lot of research and without all of the stress and pressure of my previous career, I decided that I wanted to do something totally different.  It depends on what you’re switching from and to, but it can be done.  Especially if education isn’t a prerequisite.

Is it too late to just switch majors?  Are you already almost done? If so, you can finish with a degree in early childhood education and parlay those skills into something having to do with adult education (training, life skills, etc).  Or you can use the use of psychology that you have to go into sales, etc.  Think about the skills you’ve picked up so far and what you like doing and see how you can spin them to work for a job.

Post # 14
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Honey bee

@Mrs.Sunflower:  But why do you need to make a quick decision? Take some time off school and figure out what you want to do. If you like baking-get a job in a bakery. Granted you will start out entry level, but it will help you figure out if you want a career in it.

If you like skincare and makeup, get a job at a makeup counter. See where I am going?

There are lots of “good” jobs that we can suggest, but that doesn’t mean they will be a right fit for you. If you jump into a new field of study, you could find yourself in the same position a few years down the road.

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