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Ugh.. I don't know what I want to do with my life - February 15th 2009, 11:47 PM

I have interests, but most of them tend to center around the concept of 'fun' and not 'work'. I love music, but I have no playing ability. I like video games, but no universities near me offer any sort of programs relating to that. Is there some sort of a quiz I can take to figure out what jobs would cater to my interests?
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Re: Ugh.. I don't know what I want to do with my life - February 15th 2009, 11:49 PM

You might want to try www.jobdiagnosis.com
You can take aptitude tests there.

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Re: Ugh.. I don't know what I want to do with my life - February 16th 2009, 12:13 AM

I wouldn't worry about it too much just yet. You have a while to figure it out. But once you find something you really enjoy a LOT you can figure out a way to make it work with a career. Interested in gaming? How about studying to be a programmer? Like music but can't play? How about singing? Or music education at the elementary grade level?
There are a lot of different things you can really look into. Go see your school guidance counselor; they should have some suggestions as to what you can do. You can also go down to your local military recruiting center and ask them about taking the ASVAB. It'll show you your strengths and weaknesses and various jobs that are within those strengths and weaknesses.

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Re: Ugh.. I don't know what I want to do with my life - February 16th 2009, 02:59 PM

What about training to be a music journalist, producer or song writer...? That way you'd be around the music area...
Or if you want to do something in gaming, is there no possible way of going to a uni further away???
I do agree with Emily, you could always talk to the counsellor, they could have a list of suggestions, they helped me a lot when I went to them.

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Re: Ugh.. I don't know what I want to do with my life - February 16th 2009, 09:37 PM

What kinds of "fun" things do you like to do that you think you could stand doing for a living?

Just some careers off the top of my head that involve a lot of creative and/or recreational elements:

Video game design
Recreational therapy
Early childhood education/child care
Film/Video production
Graphic design
Nature/park guide
Animal care

Obviously there is work involved in basically any career, but if you're against the whole 9-5 office work thing, these are some options.

Have you tried taking a personality test? Lots of times they list possible careers that might fit your personality type.

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Re: Ugh.. I don't know what I want to do with my life - February 17th 2009, 11:15 AM

Go to the career center at the local community college near you, they can help you alot.

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Re: Ugh.. I don't know what I want to do with my life - February 18th 2009, 05:57 PM

There are also a lot of online colleges available if you don't want to move far away to go to college, and I'm sure one of them has some sort of programming class available

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Re: Ugh.. I don't know what I want to do with my life - February 18th 2009, 07:00 PM

You have no idea how many people I went to uni with who graduated and still don't know what they want to do. Many people just end up falling into a job they love, so don't worry. Do what people have suggested to you, they sound like great ideas, but if you really can't decide on something, don't beat yourself up about it, its fine. You'll get there eventually. If you follow a passion to university, you can do any course you enjoy then. Once you have completed, you have a degree and thats all many employers look for, no matter what its in. I'm sure something great will come along for you.

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