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Sort of freaking out over my career decision!!! - April 23rd 2012, 11:50 PM

I am going into my 3rd year of university, so I still have 2 years left, I took a year after high school too. I am starting to freak out over what is next.
What WILL be my official career? I am struggling over what post-undergrad degrees/diplomas to pursue and I am worried that if I move right after graduation (to the other side of the country to boot) I will get screwed over when I realize that the post-grad diploma or degree I wanted was only offered at schools in my current province. And I am worried that my grades will not be good enough, and I am worried about getting the necessary experience cause it is REALLY hard to get a job in the area that I am interested in.
And what if I get out into the "real world" where I am not protected by the glossy walls of financial support and am actually living in the future I am currently trying to figure out and realize I choose something I actually just really don't want to do.
It's so hard to choose. I want to do X programs but I don't want to end up living in the wrong city OR end up being delayed even years longer in a place I REALLY don't want to be within 1000 miles of....
Should I go see a career counselor or what? Cause I want to consider masters, post baccalaureates, AND diplomas AND in province and out of province. So I know that is a large feat to expect someone to just KNOW, but what if i just REALLY need someone to be like "yeah, thats a god idea"

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Re: Sort of freaking out over my career decision!!! - April 24th 2012, 03:46 PM

Well, it would help to know:

1) A rough estimate of your grades
2) What country you live in
3) What your current degree is in
4) What you wish to do in the future (education-wise and job-wise)

First impressions last. Start behind the eight ball and you'll never get in front.
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Re: Sort of freaking out over my career decision!!! - April 24th 2012, 03:58 PM

I live in Canada and intend to stay there, I am going to be graduating with an honours bachelor of arts, double major (both humanities/social sciences) and I have already done enough research to know that my areas of study are enough for my interests come grad school. My GPA is a bit of a concern, but not hugely (mostly get 70s), it it would be hard for masters, but there are other programs that will be just fine.

The problem is that, for example, for the one job I want (which I need experience in for grad school admission) prefers to hire people who study in the natural sciences as opposed to social sciences which I think is sort of stupid cause most people studying chemistry or engineering aren't exactly working with kids with disabilities, I mean, they could, but that's not the most "obvious" path, where as something like sociology is just as related to the disabled kids as things like biology and psychology. Know what I mean?

I'm not sure who to talk to about it and no one has been hugely helpful in my "real world" life. Like they're either just as uncertain as I am or playing the "it'll be ok card". And i get so sick of being told I am smart, therefore I'll figure it out. That doesn't help, I don't like just waiting for fate to take me. I have to be able to be making active decisions about my life ESPECIALLY my career.

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Re: Sort of freaking out over my career decision!!! - April 26th 2012, 06:07 AM

I always, ALWAYS tell students to meet people who have the jobs they want someday. If you want to work with children who have disabilities, find companies/agencies that offer services for children with disabilities, then contact a few of their employees and ask if it would be possible to ask a few questions (offer to buy them coffee/lunch to make it worth their time). Find out how they got to their current position - what degree did they earn, what internships/jobs did they have prior to this one, how did they network, etc. You may find that everyone did very similar things, or you may find that everyone took completely different paths to their current jobs. Either way, it's good to know what other people did, because it can help you determine if you're on a good path to obtaining that dream job.

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