(Closed) Where do I even begin…

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Talk to the advisor at your school. Although you graduate they can give some insight to the local job market

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

I would just try to get in at a bigger company and stick with it and see where you can go. There might be positions you had no idea existed that you might be good for. Don’t get a 2nd bachelors, that’s just a waste of time and money. Stick with working, you’ll get somewhere eventually.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

Kandykane:  Hi, I don’t think you should be resting your fate to the people you work for.  This is personal development and in order to move up the ladder, you have to own your own career.  This is what I mean. 

So, let’s say you are in the company and you only qualify for the office assistant right now.  I will move to the BIGGER company and work as an office assistant there instead.  Then, look online for management positions that you’d want to have, look at their REQUIREMENTS, and think to yourself:  How do I get these experience? 

(1)  One of the most basic is to get a certification–either CPA, CFA, CGMA, etc.  These are certifications that you study on your own time–which you’ll do after work with this office assistant job. 

(2)  Another basic requirement is management skills.  This is hard to get without actually being in management, but if you translate this, this is just leadership skills–acquired when leading projects, managing people to do something, etc.  You can get this by becoming a leader to a non-for-profit organization.  This might take some time and dedication over the weekends, but if you’re that dedicated, it should be fruitful.  I’m currently working about 50-70 hours per week and is looking for a board position at a non-for-profit with 2 kids–I think you’ll be fine :). 

Stay an average of 3-4 years per job and as you acquire skills (like pass your certifications, etc.) then you MOVE TO A DIFFERENT POSITION AND DIFFERENT COMPANY.  Even if the company that you end up at is junk, think of the things you can put on your resume and that you’ll be out of there in another couple of years or so. 

Good luck OP and I hope this was helpful at least. 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

I also graduated with a Business major (Business Administration.. probably about the same thing).  Look around for entry level jobs, but don’t limit yourself to office admin/secretarial. I got my first job in Underwriting without really knowing what it was!  My college had a business job board for students and alumni – check that out if your school has one.  Also yes, check out big companies in your area in all industries – biggest thing is don’t limit yourself!  You may think a listing has more requirements than you fill or is in an industry you’re not familiar with, but at the very least, the more interview experience you get the better.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

swirlyclover86:  this is really constructive advice 🙂

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

The one thing that sticks out to me is “Physics (which is where my real interest is)”  If physics is your pashion I say go for it.  I have a degree in business admin and finance and hated my job.  I got a second bachelors in Exercise science (which is where my real interest is) and I am more happy with my career and I love how I learn something new and job related every day and how much potential there is for growth.  

If you feel your math skills a holding you back in physics do not worry.  You can learn math but trust me you can not learn to like physics.  I use physics everyday and still hate it. I envy your pashion for it. Figure out where you have trouble and buy the text books and teach yourself.  I would buy cheap old ones because basic mathematics has not changed.  you can also work with a tutor, it is worth the money.  

Go back to school, part time so you can still work.  Treat it as a marathon not a sprint.  

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee

Kandykane:  When returning to school, I planned to exit my current job at the time for over three years while i was secretly taking classes.  I started taking one class in the evening after work or before work, or online.  The whole time i was saving money and reducing my expences.  I found a part time job in my company that would cover my bills and I did miss out on a few family vacations once or twice a year, I had classes anyway and wouldnt/ shouldnt have gone even if i could afford it.  By the time I was ready go take full time classes I had saved up about 6months worth of cash that could cover me in a bind.  I found a part time position within my company and went to school full time.  Once the manager got on my nerves I quit.  took a month off to study without reservation and then  found a job waiting tables twice a week and made more than working part time.  My last year of school I waited tables twice a week (8-10hrs)  and that was perfect because it freed up my time to study.  There are always ways to go back to school if you put your mind to it.  

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

Kandykane:  yes you do have experience! Try to get in at a bigger company as an admin assistant or executive assistant. You can absolutely be promoted from there. 

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