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My future, what options do I really have? - July 13th 2010, 12:13 AM

I just wonder if there are very many options for my future.

I didn't quite graduate with a high school diploma, I got my adult high school diploma. (Last year.) Unfortunately I never took school very seriously.

I believe my only option now is joining the military. Granted, I need to shape up first.

I would probably go to college but... I really can't afford it. I make $7.25 an hour at a part time job and nobody else is hiring. I just can't live with my parents for another 2 - 4 years. My step father is kind of a jerk and my mother threatens to kick me out for no reason all the time. Another issue, rent and housing in Utah is expensive.

I see an upside to joining a branch of the military, but I feel like I'd be giving up my best years.

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Re: My future, what options do I really have? - July 13th 2010, 12:17 AM

Hi, I quit school quite early and I went to work abroad in Portugal. Since I have been back I havent been able to find a job, all I say to you, is dont rush into any decision.
Personally, i'd stick at your job unless you really want to join the military..
If not, then stick at your job, gain experience. In the long run this will help you. Your 19, a part time job making $7.25 is better than doing nothing earning nothing.
Its fine to be in a part time job at your (our) age.
Stick at the job for another, say, year.. Keep looking for better jobs, you've got alot more chance of getting a better job if you stick in your part time job gaining experience.


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Re: My future, what options do I really have? - July 13th 2010, 12:20 AM

Qualifications aren't everything. I dropped out half way through college (In England thats 17 years old) and I work in a care home. I started at the bottom and am currently working towards training to be a supervisor. From there my company offer many different qualifications in management, accountancy, and there are many other avenues I can take including becoming a nurse and doing an internship to become a specialist at something (x rays, childbirth etc)

Military is defiantly not your only option.



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Re: My future, what options do I really have? - July 13th 2010, 12:21 AM

I just realized ho hypocritical my post is. What I mean, is you can continue gaining qualifications all through your life. So what if you left school with crap stuff. Go and work and learn.



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Re: My future, what options do I really have? - July 13th 2010, 12:26 AM

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I just realized ho hypocritical my post is. What I mean, is you can continue gaining qualifications all through your life. So what if you left school with crap stuff. Go and work and learn.
I didnt read it as hypocritical, and I dont think anybody would. You're right, and worded it better than me!
You can gain qualifications and experience through working from the bottom of the career ladder, up.


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Re: My future, what options do I really have? - July 13th 2010, 12:32 AM

Thanks for the advice. May I ask how it was to work Abroad in Portugal? I'd love to just leave everything behind and do something like that.
   
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Re: My future, what options do I really have? - July 13th 2010, 12:38 AM

Yeah, it was strange at first.. Lonely, instantly missed my family and friends when I realised my only communication with them for months would be over the phone which would cost loads, so could only have a quick 2-3 minute chat!

I made friends over there though, very nice people in Portugal and once the locals (who are stubborn at first) finally give in and talk to you, they're the nicest people ever!

I did miss my family and friends though, i'm glad I went because it's made me realise how lucky I am to have my family and so many friends all close

It's worth it for the experience though!


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Re: My future, what options do I really have? - July 13th 2010, 03:00 AM

Well,

the military is a good option. if you join the reserves. they will actually pay for your part of your skool bills(atleast in canada they do). They also pay you as you practice. Not only will this give you a better paying part time job, but a better exprience, and reduced educational cost.


One of my professors, was in the army, he was a captain. In charge of artilitry. He teaches accounting, he have a CPA, MBA, PHD and BBA honours in Accounting. I have great respect for him.
   
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