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Have not got a clue what career/job I want to do!

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Hi all,

I don't know if any of you are in the same boat...but i've no idea which career path to choose! I'm 20 years old, I didn't go to college because I hadn't a clue what courses to take! I'm in a full time job, but It's not a career.

Any of you in the same boat?? What age were you when you knew what you wanted to do career wise?

Any advice??

thanks

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No college?

In this climate your lucky to have a job mate.

You should consider going to college then to uni.

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I'll be 39 in January.

I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up.

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I still don't know what I want to be if I grow up.


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Pedant.... :P

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Education is as important these days as having a job so deffo go to college and uni afterwards.

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Pretty much the same boat as you, I'll be 19 in February, I have three A levels and I work in Subway. I have no clue what so ever as to what I want to do career wise.
I did apply to uni, but rejected all my offers as I didn't know what I wanted to do.
Everyone telling you to go to uni isn't helpful, I know, what's the point in spending three years of your life doing something you don't really want to do then coming out with £30k debt and a degree that you don't want to use?
Everyone asks me what my interests are, what I could see myself doing and even those simple questions I can't answer; which I'm guessing is similar to you.
I'm applying for a new job at the moment, just a crappy desk job but it's double the money and is more routine. I've always known that I will job hop for my younger years, it doesn't bother me, I have plans that I want to do before I start a career anyway.

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if it wasnt for the fact im "safe" on benefits due to my disability, i would be in college doing a course i want to be on, itll cover you for a good year or so and by which time you shoudl hopefully have more qualifications and possibly a better idea and more knwolwdge to get that better job

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you could do an access coarse at college they only take 1 year and allow to go strait on to uni if thats the sort of thing you want to do.

but if your happy not having a career they stay that way life aint worth it if your not happy

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uni or no uni, at the moment employers are looking for skills and experience as much as a degree, gone are the days of a degree meaning a lot aparently because of all the mickey mouse degrees.. College is a defo tho, a nice btec national diploma with DDD should look good to most employers, obviosly not top level but you can work ur way up once you are on the ladder. Im nearing completion of various cisco levels now too which im told is very helpful..

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Well just finding a job was a pain for me, id worry about getting a job before deciding a carrer.

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i didnt go to uni, although i was offered places to do architecture courses - i declined them thinking 6 years was a long time to study for, i perpetually regret that decision as while working in computers is fun and all it has FA prospects and is the same old churn, theres little to keep the mind busy other than the daily grind of fix this fix that etc, and really learning a new bit of software / os is much the same as knowing the old one, but with more shiny, which wears off fast once you ave to support it. nah i aint jaded ;)

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dave vadar - at least you've got 3 A levels!!! I feel I'm to old now to go to college - and I'm in a full time job!! I'd hate to quit to go college and have no money!
Really money was the only thing I wanted - so going college seemed silly as you can only get a part time job!
I wouldn't even know what A levels to do!
People always say "what are your interests" thats pretty annoying - because my hobbies,, i want to keep as hobbies or they would not be fun if i did them as a career.
All my mates are in uni and knew what they wanted to be since age of about 17-18!
mind you - they are all straight A students!!!! I was the guy that got C's!! middle tier!
the thought of getting into dept - uni - scared me. If i had £10,000 or so - i might have thought more about uni.

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I wouldn't worry about not knowing you want to do - I'm lucky in that I've got a solid idea of where I want to go after my degree, but I know loads of people on my course who have chosen this degree because they didn't know what else to do and who have no idea what they want to do afterwards!

If you do change your mind, its not too old to do A Levels or get a qualification or whatever - I've met people on my course in their 40s! Do you find management at all interesting; there's lots of opportunities in that field :)
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I'd say it's the minority of people who ever have a clear idea of what they want to do. Even if you do have an idea there's often several years of grafting at jobs that you don't enjoy or seem unrelated to get you the experience to go for something more suited to you. I only know now after several years of working different jobs that what I'm really interested in doing is Engineering - but it was only my experience that helped me realise this, I don't think I would have realised trying to think of something from scratch with no frame of reference.
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Its easier to get a different job it you're already in one to be fair. Part of my university degree was a year in industry but you still had to approach it like applying for a job. But positive replies to applications increased steeply when I had just a holiday job listed.

I'd suggest sticking with what you have while you consider courses people have suggested above and whether university or something work based (such as an NVQ) is more appropriate for your learning style.

Personally I never thought I'd be doing the job I am doing currently, wanted to be an engineer working on cars or in motorsport. Went to a university well known for a Building (M&E) Services focused Mechanical Engineering degree still wanting to work in automotive sector ... I now work for a company that specialises in M&E work ...

I'm 31 this month and finally am able to answer the interview question we all dread "where do you see yourself in 5 years time". I know what I'd like to be doing, where I would like to be doing it, I also have an idea of how to get there. Whether it works or not ... ask me again in 2014 eh?

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heh i was like that - i could see myself in 5 years time, 5 years ago, but stuff has changed and now if asked i couldnt honestly say where i see myself in 5 years time!

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Had that question in interview before, where would i like to be in 5 years, i said doing your job, and it did happen.

However, money for me isnt the issue anymore, and im happy to be doing a low paid job that i like with nice people, money aint the crucial thing for me, as long as enough to pay bills, so dont have to spend savings, all is cool,

I easily saved £10,000, whilst freinds were deciding what they wanted to do, just means they were same as me, but less money

Suckers.

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uni or no uni, at the moment employers are looking for skills and experience as much as a degree,

Very true.

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Very very true

Employers dont want people who talk a good job or know how to write it down on paper, they want hard working reliable and skilled people with experience.




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