NWR: Dream Job/Your Job Career

Hey ladies,


So I decided that I want to go back to college and get a degree. The only problem is that I don't know what I want to do. So I was just wondering.


Did you go to college?
What degree do you have and what is your job?
Do you love it? Was it worth it?


My top choices that I would LOVE to do is;


early childhood development (im great with kids)
photography (Im very creative)
criminal justice (love law enforcement)
personal trainer (I love fitness)


Idk I have mixed emotions about what I want to do. It's constanly changing. And they are allllll completely different from each other.


What is your dream job?
How did you decided?


I think im just looking for advice really.....Lol I'm trying not to stress myself out about it.

Posted on February 12, 2013 at 2:59 am
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zeuster
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Please know what I am about to say is not meant to be taken in a bad way. Out of the four things you have posted I have done two. I do not have a degree in any of them. But I have college units in all of them.


Early childhood is a great choice the pay is low and alot of jobs are without benefts unless you can get a job with the state run preschools like Head Start. The parents can be your worst nightmare. The rewards of watching kids grow and learn and the things they say and the interactions between them is priceless. Another positive is you can always work for yourself open your own childcare which is good if you want to stay at home while you have kids of your own and they are small. There is a lot of burnout and stress and turnover also liability in this kind of work.


Photography- This is a hard one. We have a photography business and its either feast or famine. And alot of friends want something for nothing. There is a lot of competition. We mostly do sports photography so we can have a contract but if someone underbids us we are gone. Which in this economy happens a lot. We have done weddings and portrait also. My best advice for this would be get a job with someone who is well established and have them mentor you. This can be a very cut throat business.


Criminal Justice- There are so many different things that this career has to offer. Do you have a specfic job you were thinking about? I always wanted to be a paralegal.


Have you been to your local job center(use to be unemployment office?) They offer free career testing.


good luck.

Posted on February 12, 2013 at 3:35 am
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Yea, that's a tough question!!


I do personal training right now, and it definitely has its advantages! However, I won't be making much more in the future than I do now. I am lucky to be in corporate wellness where I get paid salary (which with training, usually you get paid commission). Like Zeuster said, you can have your own business, but then comes a lot about business -not so much the personal training. I honestly think if you want to go to school, get a business degree...it can be used in MANY MANY jobs. I wouldn't suggest kinesiology (exercise science) because even though it's awesome and interesting, your jobs are a little more limited. Plus, you can get a personal training certification over the weekend. LOL. I feel as if I am rambling in one long sentence. haha.


And in the end, I don't think there ever is a "dream job." Seriously, there are so many facotrs in each and every job. I am getting my MBA right now (just started) because I don't think I want to stay with fitness forever, I want to make more money. hehehe. But then again, who knows, right??


Education is great, but getting a business degree might be your best option because it is more open than anything else. A few of my friends did criminal justice -and one is in the Navy now doing radar tech because he couldn't find a law enforcement job, and the other is doing loss prevention (security) and is still trying to get into the SFPD. If you really love something, it is worth trying and trying again for. If you're unsure about what you want to do, it's a little tougher to decide. But having any degree is helpful in itself!!


I sound so pessimisstic, and I am usually optomisitic! Those are just my two cents. :)

Posted on February 12, 2013 at 7:04 am
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As a Product/website photographer and website developer I can say that even having a niche like I do it has been famine.


Remember EVERYONE owns a pretty decent Camera and ALMOST anyone can use photoshop. I miss the dark room days because that is what set me apart from the competition. I knew how to process old school.


Honestly I am now switching my career BACK to one on one Developmental Support Services with a medical focus. I used to be an EMT and these types of places have a hard time finding people who are able to be Med Certified.


As for what I went to college for Computer Science with a focus on programming. Again, we are now a dime a dozen when the tech sector went belly up so did my career.


I went back to school to be an English major and realized that with people self publishing and the diminished sales of good books I gave up this too.


Anyone can build a website, shoot a camera and write a book. At least they like to think so, not to sound pessimistic, but unless you have a focus in nuclear physics, bio medical engineering, and AI interfacing you are pretty much going to struggle.


 

Posted on February 12, 2013 at 7:13 am
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Did you go to college?


Yup, got my undergrad in 2007 and now I'm working on my masters, MS in Integrated Marketing Communications.


What degree do you have and what is your job?


BA in Mass Communications and I'm a Communications Manager


Do you love it? Was it worth it?


I love the things I do, I just wish I was doing them for a different company. Mass Comm is a bit of everything. Journalism, television, radio, public relations, advertising, marketing etc. I think I'm pretty marketable and I've done a ton. Worth it, yup!


What is your dream job? 


I always tell DH if we won the lottery I would become write for a newspaper and I would try my hand at a novel. Luckily, I do lot's of writing in my job. I just wish I were writing different things.  Or, I would want to right research papers. Weird I know, but during this round of grad school i've found that I love writing my research papers!


How did you decided?


I've always been a reader and I've always been great at English/writing.  


GL Julie!

Posted on February 12, 2013 at 7:29 am
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Every time I think about job careers (in getting a degree) my mind changes constantly but Early Childhood Development is always on my list. It will never go away. I always seem to come back to it. But the only think stopping me is if I get that I would want to find a good paying job. That's the whole point of getting a degree.


I think that until I figure out what I want to do I am just going to get my basics out of the way and start at a jr. college and get transferred to an university. And if I can't make up my mind I will get a degree in business! That sounds good to me.


Thank you ladies!!!

Posted on February 12, 2013 at 7:30 am
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Going back to school is so exciting!! Congrats, Juliee!!!


When I went to OU, I was a theatre major. 10 years ago that was my dream, and sometimes it still is.


After college, I began a career in Social Services. I've been a victim advocate, I've worked with unemployment, and most recently I was a reemployment specialist. I got into the terrible place where all of my experience was in a job field I had NO desire to be in.


Long story short: I think Elise has offered some GREAT advice on the idea of getting a degree in business. A broad degree offers so many options! 


Having said that, my dream job: Handbag and Accessories designer.

Posted on February 12, 2013 at 7:34 am
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Omg, Jess, Yes! I forgot to mention my dream job: Working in fashion: What experience or expertise do I have or will ever have in that? NONE!!!! hahaha. bummer.

Posted on February 12, 2013 at 7:44 am
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Good luck on going back to school Juliee! I've been thinking about doing the same for the past couple of years!


I think you have to figure out what you think will make you happy, keep you challenged, and won't get drab. Once you do that you're on your way. I have the same problem - I have too many things I want to do.


Did you go to college? Yes but I got burnt out and haven't finished :(
What degree do you have and what is your job? I'm an MS Assoc at a commercial real estate web site.
Do you love it? Was it worth it? Do I love it, most days. I'd love to be able to work from home though.


Good Luck! I know you'll be great whatever you decide!

Posted on February 12, 2013 at 10:05 am
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Did you go to college? I did go to college.  I attended a four year state university.
What degree do you have and what is your job? I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing with a minor in Psychology.  I am a registered nurse.
Do you love it? Was it worth it? I really enjoyed college.  I was one of those kids that had a terrible high school experience and all I wanted to do was get to college so that I could be a nurse.  I am so proud of the university I atteneded and it was worth every minute.


 


While college is a lot of work, it is worth it in the end.  I have wanted to be nurse since I was five but once I started college, I realized how many different degrees there are and how many options you truly have.  A lot of people I went to school with had a hard time deciding.  While they may have wanted one degree, they realized that that didn't make much money and had trouble deciding between something they liked and something that made money.  You will find what truly interests you, it just takes time.  I wish you the best of luck.

Posted on February 12, 2013 at 10:12 am

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