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Finding a Career - December 6th 2013, 05:04 PM

I don't know what I want to do with my life. I have had many many many many jobs. But none of them have fit. I am having a hard time finding a job that I like and actually pays something. If I get a job I like, then it doesn't pay anything and I'm wasting my time. If I get a job that pays well, then I'm unhappy. I rather have a job that I like doing. But I just don't know what that is anymore.
I suck at school and hate going.-- so that leaves out any job that needs a degree.
I don't necessarily like working with people. I am quite awkward.-- that leaves out any minimum wage jobs.
I've either worked in customer service or factory jobs.
I had a decent paying job but I just had a baby and I just couldn't work the hours they wanted me to and still take care of my son, so I quit. Now I don't know what to do.
I'm tired of having a job just to get a paycheck. I want to enjoy my job. And I don't just want a job. I want a career. I'm sick of going from job to job. I want something that I'll do for the rest of my life. I want to do something fulfilling.
I don't know where to begin to find a career. I don't know what I want to do for the rest of my life. How do you know? Where do I begin?
   
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Re: Finding a Career - December 6th 2013, 05:47 PM

Perhaps running your own business would be something that appeals to you? If you can think of something to sell or a service to offer and come up with a business plan then you can find investors to help with the start up costs or get a small bank loan.
   
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Re: Finding a Career - December 7th 2013, 08:02 AM

Have you considered looking into a vocational program? It's still school work but not so bad.
   
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Re: Finding a Career - December 7th 2013, 10:59 PM

I know money must be tight, especially with a baby, but have you considered going to college part time? If you had a college degree you'd be more likely to get the kind of career you want with a lot of advancement opportunities.

But you could also consider an apprenticeship or something, things like bar tending pay pretty well, you could work at a law office as a receptionist. Customer service can be terrible for everyone I think, I mean, some people like it no matter what, but the "little guys' like cashiers and waitresses tend to take a lot of flack from miserable people who have no respect for the people "serving" them, especially women: I found when I worked in customer service you could always tell when a guy had no respect for you, it either felt like he was imagining taking your clothes off or he was talking down to you. No, not all men are like that, but definitely a shitty aspect of dealing with people. It's stupid. So trying other areas that are more high end (ex. nicer restaurants and offices and such) might help.

I'm not sure what kind of schooling you have, but even a few college courses to get to do what you want (ex. graphic design, PR, human relations, dental hygeine etc) might be really beneficial




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Re: Finding a Career - December 8th 2013, 01:43 AM

get a college degree.. at least an associate's and seriously consider a bachelor's. It's a rough, rough job market right now and there are so few jobs.. the ones that do exist pay nothing. Vocational training for a trade (beautician, auto mechanics, computer repair) may also be worth looking into. I'm sorry to say this, but it's the truth- a job that gives you a check is better than no job at all. You've got a baby to worry about and that you need to care for. Money needs to come in. Explore the various options out there and remember that there are millions just like you that want a job they love that pays well but can't find it due to the economy. What about nursing? There's a major shortage and two years at a community college and you can have your RN. Plenty of jobs and good pay too.
   
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Re: Finding a Career - December 8th 2013, 03:51 AM

There is no point in getting a degree just to get a degree if you don't know what you want to do with it. I have seen so many people waste money on a degree that they cannot use. A degree does not necessarily mean you will find a job in what you want to do.
   
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