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NEW JOB DILEMMA....ANY ADVICE HELPFUL

Postby crazy_in_love » Fri Feb 16, 2007 1:52 pm

hey well basically, i wrote a post a few months ago saying that I didnt know whether i wanted to stay at college or not, as I didnt really enjoy the course etc. Well i went for a job at powergen with a fairly good starting salary of 14,250 and i got it. I initially applied for part time as i had decided to stay on at college, but then i discovered that part time was a minimum of 24 hours and i would be doing 4-8pm everyday. I wouldnt have time for college work either way. There was a specific department i wanted to go to and when i asked about it, i was told there was only full time available, and it would start in april. I took the full time one, with the notion that I would see how well I am doing at college at that time, and by april i will no if i am going to fail or not, and whether it is best to leave college all together.

The thing is I am just worried that whatever I do I will feel like i have made the wrong decision. I have already figured that staying in education isnt for me, but when I decide to quit it and work I feel like I have let myself down for not getting a degree. Also the whole idea of getting a full tme job and working scares me and I dont know why. I dont know if its because I am just so used to being in education, or its because i realise that life is moving on, i really dont know!!! I tend to get bored easily and have moved from one part time job to another, but i think i only do that because I am scared ill end up there forever. This is a really good job that I have been offered and I really want to take it, but ill feel like a let down for quitting yet again. I went to uni before and quit (because i didnt like the course), I then decided i would work full time for a year and then go bck to uni, but i quit within 2 months and went bck to college, now i dnt like college! Do you see my problem.

I know its a kinda tricky situation, but really any comments, or advice would be really helpful.
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Postby kitten » Fri Feb 16, 2007 2:16 pm

I never went to uni at times I regret it but then education wasn't for me either.

If you haven't liked it so far, something would have to drastically change for you to like it.

I would go for the job thats a good salary and if its something you want to do then way not, at the end of the day if it doesn't work out you can look for something else.

We all struggle to find where we want to go in life. If you asked me now I'd quite like to go into teaching but then all the work to do it scares me and I have commitments now that would prevent me from doing it.

However I don't think you have anything holding you back from trying things until you find what you want.
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Postby amanda11 » Fri Feb 16, 2007 6:03 pm

I don't think you're thinking far ahead enough. The problem isn't whether to stay at college/work at powergen, the problem is that you don't know what you want to do with your life. If you sit down and really think about all the things you want out of life, maybe you will have a better idea of how to get there.

This is a short term decision that could affect the rest of your life. It sounds like you don't really want to do either of the things, so maybe its best to not commit to either. I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life at 19, so I went to uni and just studied the subject I really enjoyed. I'm in my third year now, and over my time here I've come to some decisions about what I want to do.

I think the thing that helped me to decide was having loads of different jobs. In the end I took a job as a carer, thinking I would hate it, but it turned out to be the best decision I ever made made because unexpectedly I really loved it and now I want to do something in a social/caring role.

If you drop out of college and work full time it is very hard to get back to education (especially when you're enjoying a good salary). And do you really want to be stuck in some office for the rest of your life?
On the other hand, if you start young you could work your way up to management without wasting money on a degree you'll never use. (Most people I know with degrees end up doing something completely unrelated. If you want to go to university its best to think long-term about what your degree will get you when you finish.

Hope my rambling has helped

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Postby morris mouse » Fri Feb 16, 2007 6:39 pm

amanda11 wrote:The problem isn't whether to stay at college/work at powergen, the problem is that you don't know what you want to do with your life. If you sit down and really think about all the things you want out of life, maybe you will have a better idea of how to get there.


I agree with "amanda11"

You really will need to sit down,and,have a long hard think about what you want out of life.

Also,only when you're sure,should you make a move in that direction.

May I wish you all the best,with that decision,and, your future :)
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Postby crazy_in_love » Thu Feb 22, 2007 1:14 pm

thanks for all the advice guys. you are all right, I do need to sit and think about what I want to do. To be honest I wouldnt mind settling down witha full time job, but deep down id always wonder where I would have gotten with a degree, but i also know that loads of people have good jobs without a degree. I dont even know what i am good at or what I like. I like many things but nothing enough to do for the next 40-50 years. Even if i get a degree I will still need to get a full time job sometime, and having a full time job scares me. thats the problem, it scares me to know that this is it, this is my job for the nest however many years. Im scared that i wont be able to get other jobs if i wanted to, and thats with a degree or not. I feel that by staying ta college and going to uni i am jst wasting my own time, because i just dnt learn very well that way. If I am to be good at what I do, I need to be doing it, not sitting there taking notes on how to do it. I just want to find a job I enjoy and stick with it i guess, but i just dnt know what that job is.
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Postby Moose » Thu Feb 22, 2007 9:38 pm

Who was it who said "life happens when you're making other plans"?! You don't need to make any big decisions about what you want from the next 40/50 years in work. People are retraining for new careers at all ages now. So uni's not for you at the moment. So what? You could take this job at Powergen and see how you get on. Whatever happens, you'll be picking up new skills that you can take into ANY other job - working with people, using computers, customer service (probably - I don't know what your job will be), all sorts.

Amanda11 is right, it can be hard to get back into education after you've left and have started full time work, but it's not impossible. There are evening courses, part time courses, correspondence courses - something to suit most people's situation. That's if you do decide to go back.

You've tried some law, and you don't like it. You know that now, so that's good. If you work at Powergen, you might hate that, so you'll know not to get into that sort of work again. On the other hand, you might love it, and you might just have the start of a great new career.
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Postby invinciblecocobean » Tue Aug 07, 2007 9:49 am

I can defo identify with you on this.

between 2005 to now I started 2 different courses at uni and I quit the first one because it would be hard for me to find work in that field. Now I have quit my 2nd course because I basically realised that I only went to uni because I wanted a degree to obv get a job and rise up the ranks into a professional career. But I have learnt there are many job industries you can work up the ranks in just based on experience.

For example in my case I am now a Trainee Poker Dealer for a casino, I learned in this industry the more casino games you learn, the more money you get. The benefits are great and you can work up through the ranks to earn salaries between £11,000 - £50,000.

I aint saying uni is a waste of time, just that there are really 2 options for people who want to have careers and work up the career path. I have chosen my way and I do not regret it 1 bit (well i do regret racking up £9000 worth of student loan debt lol)
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Postby crazy_in_love » Thu Aug 09, 2007 8:26 am

lol, i am in about that much debt too from student loans! I think I may as well just got the degree for that much lol.

I took the Powergen job, am still there and loving it. My pay have gone up to £16,000 so am very happy :). I am now in the process of moving in with my bf!
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