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post #1 of 12 Old 07-25-2013, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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Picking A Career

Hey everyone! I started this thread because starting in September, it will be my junior year of highschool and I still haven't figured out what field I'm going to go into XD.

I have lots of ideas about what I want to go into, but they don't always work well with my schedule. I still want to ride through college and have time to ride when I get home from work/what not.

I was interested in doing law, but I'm not so sure I'll have time for my horses as an attorney DX. Is there anyone here who has a job in law who can talk to me about that?

I think what I'm going to major in is marine biology, where I can work in Florida year around and still have access to horse shows. I can also become an instructor as well.

So, what does everyone work as, and does your job give you enough time to still enjoy your horses?
If you don't have a career, what are you interested in doing?
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post #2 of 12 Old 07-26-2013, 12:05 AM
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Honestly, I think you need to adjust your priorities and put the career before the horse: there's no point in choosing any career path 'because it will give you time with your horse' if you are then useless at that path. Or just as bad, if you hate it.

Your chosen career will be your main activity, income, and area of growth for years to come - it has to be one that you are interested in, and show an aptitude for.

Whatever you do, if you succeed you will always have time for hobbies including horses. If you succeed in a lucrative profession you will be able to afford the horses too!
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I think you might've misunderstood me a little bit. I'm not going to go into something I dislike just because it'll give me time with my horses. Horses aren't really a hobby for me, they're my life.
I just don't want to be stuck working a job that I may enjoy but not have enough time to ride and show my horses. It would be nice to have an extremely well paying job, but the money means nothing to me if I can't ride my own horses. But I have to have something that will at least pay for my horse costs, so I do need something that pays at least pays well.
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post #4 of 12 Old 07-26-2013, 07:22 AM
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Marine biology is tricky. Most marine biology leads to research (lots of work, lots of worry over funding) and does not pay well. Marine biologists either end up researchers, zookeepers or going on to a post secondary education (masters, or doctorate). It depends on you level of interest in riding. If you want to show it costs more than just trail riding does.

You are a junior in high school. You have an estimated life span of 100 year old. There is no rush to find your true soul calling at 17. Most Americans change careers 4 times in their lives. There is nothing wrong with going to school "undeclared" and picking something you love. If you want to find jobs that will allow you to own a horse draw up a budget, include all your potential expenses and then figure out what you would need to make a year to support that.
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post #5 of 12 Old 07-26-2013, 08:08 AM
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You could very easily end up in a job you love that doesn't give you the time or money for horse things. No guarantees either way.

You have to be realistic. Being a marine biologist wouldn't mean you could find a job in Florida. Those jobs are few and super competitive for the good ones. You need to find a field you're interested (a non horse field), figure out how much you want to make and see which jobs can get you there, then work towards them.
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I don't know about in the US but in Canada school teachers make pretty good money plus liberal time off: 10 days at Christmas, same at spring break and two months in the summer. Because it is salary they receive a paycheck 12 mos of the year. Altho my mother spent some evenings marking test papers, she sure loved the 2 mos. at the cottage.

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post #7 of 12 Old 07-26-2013, 08:33 AM
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Teachers and a lot of other jobs in the educational field are only paid for 10 months but can have their paychecks adjusted so that they receive money year-round.

I'm just going into accounting myself. Can work anywhere in any industry. My busy work season will be at a time of year I don't ride much anyway.
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post #8 of 12 Old 07-26-2013, 10:12 AM
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The ironic thing is you need money to have horses. A well paying job is a must. I would think lawyer's have rather flexible hours, owning and showing horses wouldn't be difficult. It might have to go on the back burner for a few years, and honestly that will probably be with any job. Your not automatically going to get the exact hours you want off the bat.

Now, if you go into a job with less hours to have more time to ride it will mean less pay. Less pay means less money for your hobby. You have to pick up more hours/another job meaning less time for your horses.

Get a good job. You may have to put showing (maybe not horses) on the back burner in the back burner in order to create a comfortable life. It's going to suck but life if about sacrifice!!
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If you haven't made any decisions but next year, you can always spend 2 years at a community college while working part time somewhere. Sometimes it takes a few years to figure it out....

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post #10 of 12 Old 07-26-2013, 01:03 PM
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You will be very surprised how your life changes when you start having to be a responsible adult. I am still struggling with it. I am an unwilling participant in this whole adulthood thing, and probably will always be. My "whole life" when I was a Junior in High School is vastly different than my life now.
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