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post #1 of 25 Old 09-16-2013, 05:06 AM Thread Starter
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What is a good career to get into?

I need career advice, and considering this is a horse forum it's not the ideal place, but there are lots of people from different walks of life so I thought maybe I could get some good advice.

I'm a recent university graduate, however what I did my degree in is pretty useless so I've been trying to get jobs lately but I'm just not competitive enough, and without any specific knowledge or experience I'm way outclassed in a lot of graduate entry level positions.

Unfortunately, how the job market is now, the positions I might be able to get are pretty much retail and low level clerical that don't offer much opportunity for advancement so I'm looking to do some further education in a field/industry that will hopefully offer good employment prospects (or at least better) and suit me. I just don't know what that is. For a while I thought the best bet was just to work for a while to figure stuff out, but there aren't really any career jobs out there, I've had some casual work here and there but I need something more.

Here is a bit about me (the real me not the me I put on applications!) - I'm a good worker but I'm a bit intense about it. I have tasks and I work towards them. I work great alone needing little supervision, and will happily take initiative and responsibility for my own work and my own tasks and this is how I work best, so I prefer environments that aren't so team based. I'm not really a people person, I prefer dealing with information which is why I don't work great in retail/hospitality etc because I'm just not good with people and they're not great with me.

My ideal job would be a writer, either an author, or editor, someone who drafts things however this isn't too realistic as it's a shrinking industry, and something I will pursue on my own time.

I've been thinking other ideas, like IT (programming maybe? - I'm good with logic and computers) or even something like environmental science but I just don't know, I don't know if there are any real career opportunities in these, and if it is worth investing the time and money in further study. I'd prefer not to go back to uni, so just like a one or so year course but that doesn't qualify you for much.

What other options are out there? Any advice?
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post #2 of 25 Old 09-16-2013, 07:16 AM
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I always advise anyone looking for a future career to look for something in the medical field. Our aging population makes it one of the few industries that I know will be growing. And computer sciences ifs also good.
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post #3 of 25 Old 09-16-2013, 07:55 AM
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I chose not to go to Uni.

I am very fortunate to live abroad, and my father was ex-military, and now works for them as a civilian. I am able to work form them as a dependant of my father.

I have worked with the Royal Military Police, Customs and Immigration and now Plans and Drawdown out of Germany (all admin based rolls) and met some fantastic people on the way.

Long term? I had no real idea. But, as I enjoy the work and the people so much, I am looking at joining the British Army as an officer as of Sept next year/ Apr 15.

Not long term, but the pay is good, you can do plenty of courses to carry on to civilian street, you get to see the world and meet life long friends.
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I second the medical profession. Most jobs is hospitals pay well, even if its not a medical job. My friend who worked in the kitchen made $10hr (good money at 19 going to community college), another one of my friend does secretarial work and makes $18 an hour. Then there are nurses aides, which is on the job training in some hospitals, that make between $17-22 an hour, depending on their level of skill. $22 is a lot of money, imo, for someone with little training.
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Hmm I hear a lot of people talking about getting into an industry for the aging population but given I'm just not a people person I'm not sure it would be for me. It's hard I just don't want to be one of those people who go to work every day and hate it. I want enough money to get by but once I have that I just want to be happy.
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tug boats, tug boats tug boats, either deck or engineering . look into marine academies and work your way up. Serious money. High demand. generally you work split time, for every day on boat you get one day off. IE 2 week boat is 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off.
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tug boats, tug boats tug boats, either deck or engineering . look into marine academies and work your way up. Serious money. High demand. generally you work split time, for every day on boat you get one day off. IE 2 week boat is 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off.
If only I didn't get sea sick..
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Computer programming, web site development and maintenance, or a lab technician would suit you well!

All behind the scenes stuff. I work with several tech companies and they all have their behind the scenes tech guru that does the does the majority of the work without having to deal with the client. That's the salespersons job.

Good luck!
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Whats your degree in?

And look into the mining industry. Its huge here in Western Australia and quite a lot of people fly in from the eastern states. Or Queensland if WA is too far. You can make $80,000 a year just driving a haul pak. But there are also all of the ancilliary jobs that come with mining like cleaning and catering, and of course head office type jobs, which might be more your thing.

If your degree is compatable, why not do a Diploma of Education or similar, and then you could teach or tutor?

I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy, but I only did that for a few years before branching out to other fields.

You're young and obviously intelligent and insightful. You will find your place eventually.
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I wouldn't touch IT with a 10' pole, at least around here there's such a glut right now I think they're fighting each other in illegal gladiator pits just for a chance at an interview. I also recommend the medical field but not as a nurse/doctor. Look into the supporting roles that are behind the scenes such as departments like HR and accounting.

This might seem odd for a recent college grad but have you looked into some good old fashion, get your hands dirty jobs? A lot of women tend to overlook this area but the pay can be very good and here in the US they actively recruit women since so few go in. As for schooling some jobs have apprenticeship programs learn/earn as you go and others are 1-2 year technical schools. 2 year electronics degree opens the door for maintenance jobs in the high tech industries.

Apprenticeships generally are in the trades such as electricians, plumbers, welders, steam fitters, etc. Technical trades schools are for automotive, HVAC, diesel mechanic and so on. Now for why I suggest these areas of work, pay (in the US). An automotive mechanic in a big metro area can top out over 100k/year. Journeyman electricians pay varies a lot but generally falls in the $25-$35/hour range, as an apprentice you'll still start in the teens. I see HVAC jobs posted in even remote areas that are $30+/hour for experienced people. Maintenance jobs generally start in the teens and can top out in the $40/hour range.

Last of all, not sure how it works in the Aussie military but in the US you can enter service with a college degree as an officer. Do a short stint there and all sorts of doors will open up for you when you get out. Military also has some awesome technical schools that if you graduate from you're darn near guaranteed a job when getting out and it doesn't matter if you were enlisted or officer.

To all our young readers on here this is the direction I would urge you to go if going to college means borrowing tons of money (i.e. your parents can't afford to send you). You're in the work force sooner with a job, don't have a mountain of debt and have the potential to earn just as much money as most college grads. Yeah some field like law, medical, engineering can earn astronomical amounts of money but with most college degrees you wont earn any more than your blue collar neighbor. Trust me when I say spend some time thinking about it.
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