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    05-28-2008, 07:55 PM
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Problems with choosing career.

Ok guys, I have a problem called uncertainty. I graduated my upper secondary school in this spring (ok, not yet but the graduation party is after three days ;)) and now I should think the future and my post-graduate education. Well, I applied to some polytechnics via a joint application system. Today I got the first invitation to an entrance tests which are organized on June 3rd (an education of sign language interpreter) but I really don't know is this the career I want! I know that doing entrance tests doesn't bind me anything but the place where the tests are put up is pretty afar (it takes almost 3hr ride there by car and I should stay there at 8am). Taking me there is also pretty laborious because I live in a little municipality whose connection aren't very good-quality (I got a driving license last week but I haven't a car and daren't drive so long haul yet. My parents are at work so they can't take me there). That's why I wouldn't care to go and do those tests if I'm not sure that I really want to start at the school. But I'm apprehensive that I'll regret if I don't go those tests. Ofcouse I've applied to elsewhere too (an education of agrologist) but I don't know is it any better school to me.

Now I try to organize a some kind of ride that I could take part the entrance tests (why the polytechnic give a information about tests so late?). I'm also thinking would it be a good idea to take a gap year and try to find some jobs? An application period have expired, the next time I can apply to somewhere is about a christmas.

I hope you understand something about my giddy English ;).
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    05-30-2008, 12:50 AM
Keep in mind that most people go thru a few big career changes throughout their life. I worked as a paramedic full time for 5 years when I decided I wanted to go thru a change. I am now about to start school to get into Law Enforcement. What you do now does not bid your future down, especially if you have multiple interests.
    05-30-2008, 04:19 PM
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Thanks for a hortation :).

I just sent a mail the first place I applied for (a study programme of sign language interpreter). I made up my mind and I decided to skip the school. Now I'm preparing to the entrance tests of the other education which I told before (a study programme of agrologist). I'm not sure am I really interested in it but it sounds better than the first one.
    05-30-2008, 04:49 PM
Glad to hear you were able to make a decision. Your life always goes thru changes and you will be constantly adapting to new interests etc.
You're obviously VERY driven and have no doubt you'll never have problems making the right decisions.
    05-30-2008, 06:05 PM
I never knew what career I wanted to go into. I wanted to be a teacher one year, then it changed to a beauty therpist. Until I finally found out I wanted to work with horses full time. Now I have a job, and im totally loving it! I work as a horse trainer and groom, I get to travel out of state to all the top shows, were you get to meet the top people of Dressage, and Eventing... its awesome!
    06-13-2008, 07:52 PM
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Nice to hear that you found your career, love-a-hero :).

I made the entrance tests of study programme of agrologist. The school appeared a very nice (a big scholastic farm among a rural area, cows (and also horses, I reckon)). But I don't know... We'll get results of tests after a month and I don't know what I'll do if I pass them. Maybe I really should take a gap year.
    06-13-2008, 08:25 PM
I'm not sure how the advanced education system works in Finland but here in the US it costs a lot of money. If you are unsure about what career you want to chose, it may be better, money wise, to take the gap year. Maybe work at a job in the field you are interested in. If that is not a possiblility you should at least visit with some people who do the job you are thinking of going to school for.
    06-13-2008, 08:41 PM
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Studying in university or polytechnic is pretty expensive here too (the government pay a little study grant but it isn't enough for everything; rent, study material etc.). It would be a pity waste much money and then realize that you really don't want it, I know :/.

Luckily I have still a little time to make up my mind.
    07-09-2008, 01:51 PM
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I got a letter today... I passed the entrance tests and it means I got in. I've still made up my mind. I'll take a gap year. Now I should decide what I do with that study place. Do I reject it? Or do I take it and sign up as an absent? If I sign up as an absent I can spend a semester without studying and start my studies without a new application process in the next year.

I don't know. I feel I'm doing something I don't want if I take this place presently. But I really don't know. If I change my mind during the next year or something. Luckily I know I won't took anyone else's place if I sign as an absent because everyone who passed the entrance tests got in. I still have to find out some things before I make up my mind. Can I apply to some other school in the next year if I take this place now? Do I miss some studies if I start this school later? Or do I even want start this school?
    07-09-2008, 09:14 PM
Tough call Only you can make the decision. You need to decide if your just undecided or a little nervous/scared about starting a new life path. If your just nervous I say take the plunge. It may be fun and its better than staying stagnant. If your just very unsure of what career you want to pursue maybe you could take a few of the prerequisite classes you will need for any degree.

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