Whats what's the best career to pick when you just don't care?

posted 3 months ago in Career
Post # 61
1528 posts
Bumble bee

SunflowerGarden :  Omg please no. As someone who flies a lot, please don’t go into something where you are just punching a clock when people’s lives are at stake!! No no no

Post # 62
315 posts
Helper bee

chrissybee :  think of welding. All my siblings excepting me go to Harvard for school, and have perfect perfect english. One is now a nun in the cloister, one writes travel books, one makes cheese and sheep, one is a welder. None of them need their fancy degree for it.  The welder makes a lot of money, she only works when she wants it. She does welding for paychecks, but she also makes art from it, which is the reason she learned it to start. 

Post # 63
1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

FINISH COLLEGE!! youll regret it later if you dont. go to trade school or a specialized school if you have to. i get it 4 year school is EXPENSIVE, but get some form of degree that you wont be broke and miserable later on. 

ive been there bee. i got out of high school and had no idea what i wanted to do in life. So i went to college for a fine art degree (art and sports were the only two things i was good at) 2 years in to getting my degree i was miserable, and didnt want to finish it. At the age of 24, i thought about changing to something like majoring in journalism or graphic design/photography but i didnt, cause i didnt like the thought of being stuck in college till almost 30.  I ended up working in kitchens as a cook as a side job, and eventually decided to turn that into a career instead. 

i love my job, but i still constantly say today that if i had the money to go back to college and get a useful degree i would do it in a heartbeat. 

Post # 64
2926 posts
Sugar bee

Dental hygienists make a good living, and it’s only a two year program. I kept the books for a few dentists while I was at a CPA firm, and all the hygienist made 1.5-2x what I made when my four year degree. I really considered going back to school for that, but it is a physically demanding job.

Here’s an article I just found for you: http://money.cnn.com/2017/04/24/news/economy/dental-hygienist-middle-class-job/index.html

Post # 65
150 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

In your situation, I would say either find a community college with a cosmetology program and go for that (it will not cost as much as a private school like Aveda, etc). You will have to work at either a chain salon or put in your time building a clientele for a few years and not make much in the process.

If you TRULY don’t care and just want to make money, then I think you should be an administrative assistant, get a lot of experience doing that and work your way up to an executive assistant. That doesn’t require a college degree, but you could take a few courses at your community college having to do with managing an office.

Post # 66
4489 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: San Francisco City Hall

chrissybee :  It sounds like you need a life coach who can help you better identify your strengths, qualifications and interests. A life coach would help you create goals and a plan to reach such goals. To have wealth and a career you generally need to start somewhere.  It isn’t going to manifest out of no where and out of nothing.  Anything worthwhile takes effort. This would come in the form of work experience and/or education.  At 26 years old you have plenty of time to start a new career but it will take work.  In your post you have said that you don’t have the “dedication” it takes.  With that kind of attitude you truly won’t progress from where you are.

Post # 67
2251 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

knickergold :  I think it goes without saying that I wasn’t suggesting she go into it just to do a half-assed job and just punch the clock. Hate to break it to you, but people generally don’t go into Flight Dispatch because it’s their dream or something they’re passionate about initially. More often than not it is a back-up career when your original dream in aviation doesn’t pan out, which happens a lot in this field.

Like any new experience, people generally figure out if it is the right career for them once they’ve taken the course to get their certification and learn the material. OP stated she didn’t want to spend 4 years and a lot of money on something if she wasn’t sure she’d be passionate about it. The course isn’t that long, isn’t that expensive, and she could end up loving it since it is an important roll and is exciting hard work. If she doesn’t like it she would have at least added new acheivements to her resume and it would open doors so she could potentially go into a different roll in aviation, such as administration or management.

Post # 68
69 posts
Worker bee

Honestly, OP, you sound exactly like I did when I was suffering from depression.
From the age of 16, my dad was adamant that I must be a doctor. I went along with what he wanted because I didn’t know what else I wanted to do. Due to this I chose Maths, Chemisty and Biology as my A-Level subjects, because in the UK that’s what you need to get into medicine. I hated it. 

Every single day was a struggle to get out of bed, I hated my life and I had no motivation whatsoever. I didn’t think that any of my hobbies were realistic aspirations for a career, and so I had no alternative plans.

After “failing miserably” (as my father put it) and not getting good enough grades to get into medicine, I was at a loss. I spent the next year working as a line cook, and the year after that as an admin assistant in a law firm. I hated both of these jobs and realised that I needed to develope a passion great enough to build a career on.

I started contacting a variety of places to see if they could offer any work experience. I spoke to different people about why they chose their careers. I must have done 20-30 different work experiences and volunteer roles before it finally clicked. My passion was helping people.

I started looking into different careers where this was the focus. I knew I wasn’t interested in medicine, but I had never considered nursing (which is bizarre considering both of my parents are nurses). I am now in the final year of my nursing degree, and I absolutely love it. I get to do what I love everyday, and for that reason it is easy to work hard. I get excellent grades because I genuinely enjoy the work, and it rarely seems like a chore because I find it so interesting.

I have heard it said that passion is not often something you stumble upon, it is something you develope. You have to put effort in.

You’ve mentioned that you already enjoy clothing design and doing makeup, but that you don’t think these are realistic as careers. You either need to think outside the box about how to turn these hobbes into a career, put a lot of work in to make the goal more realistic, or find something else.

It would be a great idea for you to do some work experience or volunteer work. it will give you a taste of different jobs to see whether or not you enjoy them. You can do it while still working, as I did, so that you still have income.

I also think that there’s something to be said about the aspiration to make loads of money. If you hate your job, but are rich, you will likely still hate your life. You need enough money to be comfortable and secure, but anything more than that will not make you any happier. You spend so much time at work that if you do not enjoy it, then it is so much harder to feel fulfilled.

Does this lack of ambition, joy and caring affect other areas of your life? If it does, I would reccommend seeing a doctor about it.

Post # 69
367 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

ButternutPoppy :  Where I live it’s called “medical office assistant” or a MOA for short. I actually really enjoy it too.

Post # 70
801 posts
Busy bee

I’d recommend going to community college for your AA. Apply for financial aid and apply for scholarships, and avoid taking on any debt to do it. I recommend the AA because it’s a general degree that you can add to your resume, and ideally while you’re taking general ed classes something will spark your interest and you’ll have an easier time figuring out what to do. You can take a few evening classes a semester to keep your workload manageble while you work. You should also take advantage of the counseling services offered – they should offer career advice and be able to do aptitude tests to help you figure out what you’d be good at and might enjoy. Starting with the general requirements will keep your options open. You can choose to transfer to a 4 year school for your BA once you’re done, or apply your credits toward a more specialized trade degree. Hopefully being back in school will allow you to find something you enjoy enough to pursue, and at the very least, allow you to build connections, meet people, and put yourself in a new environment where you can grow personally. 

I went this route without having any idea of what I wanted to do and without much interest in college, and ended up transferring to an excellent university. Now I’m in a top PhD program – who knew. I’m really glad I went the community college route. I learned that I was interested in things I never would have thought I would be, I had a lot of valuable experiecnes, and I was able to graduate college with very little debt. 

Post # 71
4471 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Well you need to start being decisive.  You’re concerned about money, so obviously your current job isn’t doing it for you.  Some basic questions for you:


Would you rather have a job where you are on your feet all day or at an office?

Would you rather have a job where you work with people or mostly work on a computer?

Would you rather have a job where you create or where you do what you are told?

Do you like working with kids?


Honestly I doubt you would just be able to drop your current job and do makeup and hair full time.  I also doubt that you would be able to design clothes.  I know someone who is after a job in fashion design and she has been in the field already for 4 years at the age of 23.  She has interned at multiple companies, and has a degree in clothing design.  She also doesn’t have a full time job yet as a designer.

A good way to gain experience and discover what you enjoy doing is to apply for temp jobs.  You get a wide range of jobs and can decide if it is for you.  Since you are so uncertain in this, I would explore options before making a commitment to getting a degree or certificate or whatever.

So you are aware, jobs with kids and animals often require various licenses and degrees.  A lot of times jobs expect you to have a bachelor’s too, not necessarily in a specific field, but to have a degree.

Remember too that it is just a job at the end of the day.  Personally I pursued my passion when I went to college and it is what I do now, but I also tend to “live to work” instead of “work to live”.  I wish I could shut that part of me off because I want to do such a good job I am motivated to do so, but I bring work home a lot, both physically and mentally.  You also don’t have to do that, you could have a 9-5 job during the day and then if you want to do a side hustle, maybe utilize your sewing skills and do  basic alterations.  You don’t have to live out your passion every day at work, you can easily keep that as a hobby or a side job.

Post # 72
71 posts
Worker bee

If working with kids, varies greatly on what’s required. Here to work at a daycare you need a high school diploma, a clean background and to be at least 18. THAT is it. They also have afterschool opportunities at the elementary schools. Again, I highly recommend subbing if you have no idea because I have learned so much. All these different subjects I never knew about, different passions, meeting people who have told me about opportunities etc. Right now in addition to it I’ll be teaching a class twice a week to a homeschool group. I charge $10/kid/hour. So I was lucky enough to have 10 kids sign up I’ve just made $100/hour. Teach five subjects a day? That’s $500/day and it’s still more than I make in a week elsewhere. Sometimes just looking outside the box like that will show some things you had never thought of 

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