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#1 TheSamantha

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Posted February 02 2014 - 02:52 AM

I went to Duke, but my degree is in English haha. I was depressed so I got my degree by the skin of my teeth. It has been totally useless. I have only worked in entry level jobs like administrative assistant. I have very few skills.

I'm really sick of job hunting, interviewing, and waiting to hear back for embarrassing jobs like admin and receptionist.

So I'm thinking of going back to school.

Do you think I ought to keep looking for entry level jobs or go back to school?

I figure if I go back, I'll have a better chance of securing a job because I would have acquired useful skills.

I'm thinking maybe Computer Programming since that's in demand, but it sounds mind numblingly boring.

I was thinking of finance and banking or accounting since I enjoy that to an extent and am pretty good at Math. But I heard that sector has tanked.

I don't know what else I would go to school for. Nothing in liberal arts of humanities.

Thoughts?

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Posted February 02 2014 - 04:46 AM

Some universities offer education benefits to full time employees. That way you could have an income and get classes for free. At least that is what I did. I only paid for books etc.
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Posted February 02 2014 - 05:27 AM

Thanks. So that's one vote for going back to school?

Others?

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Posted February 06 2014 - 06:07 PM

I went to Duke, but my degree is in English haha. I was depressed so I got my degree by the skin of my teeth. It has been totally useless. I have only worked in entry level jobs like administrative assistant. I have very few skills.

I'm really sick of job hunting, interviewing, and waiting to hear back for embarrassing jobs like admin and receptionist.

So I'm thinking of going back to school.

Do you think I ought to keep looking for entry level jobs or go back to school?

I figure if I go back, I'll have a better chance of securing a job because I would have acquired useful skills.

I'm thinking maybe Computer Programming since that's in demand, but it sounds mind numblingly boring.

I was thinking of finance and banking or accounting since I enjoy that to an extent and am pretty good at Math. But I heard that sector has tanked.

I don't know what else I would go to school for. Nothing in liberal arts of humanities.

Thoughts?


Maybe find your calling in life / purpose.

"]How to Know Your Life Purpose in 5 Minutes: Adam Leipzig at TEDxMalibu - YouTube
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#5 drumminmama

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Posted July 21 2016 - 09:58 AM

What can you see yourself enjoying until you are 70?
What's the office atmosphere like?
How large of a company do you want to work for?
Do you want your own llc?
Do you like work teams, or are you more a solo type?
Are your a fantastic self starter or does structure help?
Do deadlines encourage you or make your heart pound?

Have you stayed anywhere long enough to get to executive assistant (and would you want it?)
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Posted July 21 2016 - 10:11 AM

Maybe find your calling in life / purpose.

"]How to Know Your Life Purpose in 5 Minutes: Adam Leipzig at TEDxMalibu - YouTube


What an amazing talk.
Simple, direct, but so much room to drill down.
I loved the emphasis on others.

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I am a massage therapist. (And former journalist)
I serve people who seek a better relationship within their bodies.
They need better mobility, flexibility, less pain, less anxiety, better sleep
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Posted July 21 2016 - 04:33 PM

What can you see yourself enjoying until you are 70?

 

i'm starting to think nothing.  as i get older, i'm realizing that i crave change too much to really enjoy anything for more than a few years at a time.

 

oddly enough, hipforums is the one exception i can think of...



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Posted July 22 2016 - 05:09 AM

Your lifestyle or living arrangement may play a role in your final decision.

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Posted July 23 2016 - 10:16 PM

Maybe find your calling in life / purpose.

"]How to Know Your Life Purpose in 5 Minutes: Adam Leipzig at TEDxMalibu - YouTube

Wow.  I mean, like totally WOW!  I loved that speech!  He said some stuff that I never really gave much thought to.  I always rotated around the first question, and how nosy people are, not realizing it's not about the first or second questions, but the last one.  Because when you are done answering the last one, you already answered who you really are.


Edited by Logan 5, July 23 2016 - 10:19 PM.

“Becoming a dissident is not something that happens overnight.  You do not simply decide to become one.  It is a long chain of steps and acts.  And very often during this process, you do not really reflect upon what is happening...You don’t want to become involved with the dirt that is around you and one day, all of a sudden you wake up and realize that you are a dissident, that you are a human rights activist.” – Vaclav Havel, former Czech President (1993-2003) & activist

 

We are told to remember the idea, not the man, because a man can fail.  He can be caught.  He can be killed and forgotten.

But four hundred years later an idea can still change the world.

 

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Posted July 24 2016 - 09:25 PM

i'm starting to think nothing.  as i get older, i'm realizing that i crave change too much to really enjoy anything for more than a few years at a time.
 
oddly enough, hipforums is the one exception i can think of...


So, something that is in flux, exciting and changing?
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Posted July 25 2016 - 02:16 PM

^ do you mean hipforums or a career?

 

either way, yes.  but even then, i don't know, it seems like that's not enough.  i've had jobs that were always changing, and they still get old just because they're still ultimately the same job.  they're just interesting a little longer than the other jobs.



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Posted August 12 2016 - 05:18 AM

I went to Duke, but my degree is in English haha. I was depressed so I got my degree by the skin of my teeth. It has been totally useless. I have only worked in entry level jobs like administrative assistant. I have very few skills.

I'm really sick of job hunting, interviewing, and waiting to hear back for embarrassing jobs like admin and receptionist.

So I'm thinking of going back to school.

Do you think I ought to keep looking for entry level jobs or go back to school?

I figure if I go back, I'll have a better chance of securing a job because I would have acquired useful skills.

I'm thinking maybe Computer Programming since that's in demand, but it sounds mind numblingly boring.

I was thinking of finance and banking or accounting since I enjoy that to an extent and am pretty good at Math. But I heard that sector has tanked.

I don't know what else I would go to school for. Nothing in liberal arts of humanities.

Thoughts?

Do it!  And you have my moral support, too!  Going back to school is tough.  But you have the persrverance to do it.

 

As for career vs. degree, just because you get a degree in it does not mean that you will do it for the rest of your life.  BTW the finance & banking industry is always hiring. 


“Becoming a dissident is not something that happens overnight.  You do not simply decide to become one.  It is a long chain of steps and acts.  And very often during this process, you do not really reflect upon what is happening...You don’t want to become involved with the dirt that is around you and one day, all of a sudden you wake up and realize that you are a dissident, that you are a human rights activist.” – Vaclav Havel, former Czech President (1993-2003) & activist

 

We are told to remember the idea, not the man, because a man can fail.  He can be caught.  He can be killed and forgotten.

But four hundred years later an idea can still change the world.

 

"...You can't build a dream, without a plan...." -- Jefferson Starship ("It's Not Over", "No Protection" Album, 1987)


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Posted August 12 2016 - 10:27 AM

The finance and banking industry is always hiring?  I thought that sector had tanked.


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Posted August 12 2016 - 11:03 AM

Do it! It would be better to pick something you like, not the mind-numbingly boring one though.

I'm also thinking of going back to school right now. Guelph university offers all of their horticulture classes online so I wouldn't have to move there to take them!
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Posted August 27 2016 - 12:32 PM

What's horticulture?


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Posted August 27 2016 - 01:38 PM

That video helped me realize that instead of going in the direction of social worker/therapist, I have a passion for international languages/cultures.  Thanks for posting it.


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Posted August 27 2016 - 06:53 PM

What's horticulture?


Basically plants and how to grow them!
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Posted August 28 2016 - 04:31 AM

I say go for it! I love school, love learning new things.I was an dental hygienist for close to 30 years. Now, I'm  a massage therapist, went back to school 4 years ago and love it!


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Posted August 28 2016 - 05:11 AM

Maybe find your calling in life / purpose.

"]How to Know Your Life Purpose in 5 Minutes: Adam Leipzig at TEDxMalibu - YouTube

 
 

What an amazing talk.
Simple, direct, but so much room to drill down.
I loved the emphasis on others.

So, I'm drumminmama
I am a massage therapist. (And former journalist)
I serve people who seek a better relationship within their bodies.
They need better mobility, flexibility, less pain, less anxiety, better sleep
They get their best self

 
 

Wow.  I mean, like totally WOW!  I loved that speech!  He said some stuff that I never really gave much thought to.  I always rotated around the first question, and how nosy people are, not realizing it's not about the first or second questions, but the last one.  Because when you are done answering the last one, you already answered who you really are.



How to know your life purpose in 5 minutes

The video is 10:33 minutes long



In his opening example, 20% that were happy were the ones that studied literature and history, the ones that went to college for the sake of learning rather than self gain.....he is basically just saying the ones that started with low expectations werent disappointed

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Posted August 28 2016 - 05:31 AM

But I heard that sector has tanked.



Every sector has tanked, there are an over supply of graduates, the value of all degrees has been diluted


You mentioned computer programming, something you know you'd be bored silly with, you only consider it because of the money you think you can make. After graduation, with every job application, you'd be up against 50 young asian or indian guys/gals, at least 10% of whom actually get excited about programming, interviewed by HR people that will just assume asian and indians are prepared to work harder for less pay and just be more naturally inclined to that kind of thing.

No one ever say it out loud, but thats the way the world really works. Add to that, it there is some way someone can get their buddy in, or a family member they will and the interview process for the other 49 is just an act. Or even though HR types will claim otherwise, one of the interviewees name drops, has some kind of experience with a current employee or subsidiary and they will favour that applicant even subconsciously.



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