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I'm about to finish my degree, double majoring in Digital Communications and Non-Fiction Writing. I have some work/ internship experience in the communications field but I want to apply to safety net jobs as well. Something that's more (for lack of a better word) advanced than working as a barista or in retail, but still not in my field. I was thinking along the lines of administrative assistant or office clerk.
Does anyone else have any suggestions?
Note: While I love writing and I enjoyed what I studied at University, I don't see working in my field as the key to happiness. I'm fine with having a boring job and doing the things I like on the side.
Quick backstory - Hey guys, I'm 22 with three years of financial recruiting research under my belt. I'm working on my bachelor's but when I was 18, I got kicked out and I had to pick a job and paying rent over school. I was lucky enough to land a job here doing cold calls but I quickly picked up on the work flow here and gained a ton of respect going above and beyond on projects. now I'm working on and even leading qualitative analysis projects on banks and hedge funds for billion dollar clients.
Anyway, I've been applying for recruiting research roles and I pretty much meet every qualification... Except for a bachelor's degree. It sucks but that's life sadly. But I realized that surely, I'm good for more than just this type of role, I'd be great in a lot of offices. I have good knowledge of the financial industry, i was training interns within three months of starting, I've crushed high-stress projects, I'm great with databasing, PPT and Visio and what not, and from what pretty much everyone at the firm tells me, a 22-year old junior with 3+ years full time experience at an office like mine is damn impressive.
I'm just wondering about what other options I could possibly have. It'll still be hard to get my foot in the door due to no degree, but I'm very confident I'll impress once I do get in the door. And the more places I apply to, the better my chances!
Thanks for any advice you guys may have! I'm in NYC area.
Long story, first post. (Made an account because this is important to me lol) Cheers to anyone that hears me out. I am 24, graduated with a bachelor of science in psychology in 2016. I’ve been working at Wal-Mart since graduation. I am a manager now and have no complaints about the money. But the labor, the hours, the unruly customers are all making me consider leaving. I would love to use my degree, or even advance my degree. I would love to have some sort of “licensure” in any field. Basically I feel I need to earn some type of specialized degree so I do not have to work my ass off physically and mentally every day. My wife would be able to support me financially during school. I feel I will heavily devote myself to school if I go back. Another option for me is to begin purchasing houses, making small basic improvements, and renting them out to tenants for a profit each month. I have already mortgaged 2 houses and could potentially just continue doing that. Maybe get a real estate license? This is my story, I lay here contemplating options for hours at a time.
Been stuck in grocery/retail for 2.5 years now, and with a couple more years scattered before that in the same basic field. I need to get out, asap. I feel my life wasting away. I know what I would like to do, but it requires further education, which I really do not have the money for a Masters right now, and also I've had rotten luck finding any takers in that area. I would love to be a librarian. Second choice would be museum work, but that requires a different degree, but I am also looking into national parks too. Anyway, let me lay out my skills and interests to help guide you guys in helping me find something:
-Have a Bachelor's degree in History. -I consider myself pretty well organized and pay attention to detail. My mind is my best tool, I have always read novels every day since grade school, can analyze bodies of text pretty well, that kind of stuff is just my strong suit. - I have lots of customer service experience. As stated above, 2.5 years straight of direct customer service every work day, all day long, plus some sporadic two more years worth before off an on. -I have been department manager at my work place for 1.5 years now. It's one of the smaller departments, and I pretty much only have command over one part time guy, but still. Direct, almost constant customer interaction all day long, working frozen, keeping product fresh, making several by hand, and just maintain everything. -I am also currently volunteering at a local library on one of my days off for just over a year now. Honestly, it's only two hours a week, and they never have me on the front desk. I always shelf the books and shelf read, keeping everything straight, tidy, and organized. I also volunteered for about six months at a the Dallas Jewish Historical Center, at their little archives they have there, mostly just doing odd jobs a few hours per week. -I must make clear that even though I consider myself very book smart, I am not good at all with math, never have been. So any kind of accounting job, or anything similar, is most likely off the table.
I am comfortable with office jobs. Never had one, but if it's not too hectic, I think I can manage, depending on what it is exactly. I also would not mind a city government job, doing some clerical duties at town hall or something.
After pursuing a business degree for 2 years, I decided to switch Engineering because I felt it to be more meaningful and enjoy science. I didn't try much in high school and had decent grades in high school but was really able to pick it up in college. Last semester, I took a lot of the general engineering courses to see if I was capable of pursuing this path. Gen Chem 1, Calc 1, Calc based Physics 1 and am currently taking those level 2 courses. Chemistry and Calculus come very natural for me. On the other hand I feel like I have a good understanding of Physics but it is still challenging. I don't know if it is because I am taking Calc as I am taking physics but it has made me feel lost. Why don't I understand Physics as well as I understand these other classes? This has led me to question whether I should pursue an engineering field based in chemistry or biomedical because I find it to be more intuitive. But to be honest, I don't enjoy Chemistry. Their isn't much of a challenge and I have more of an interest in mechanics. On the other hand, should I pursue mechanical or electrical, courses that build upon physics, something I find interesting but also challenging? Thanks for the help.
I need help figuring out what to do for the rest of my life, or at least where to start from.
I have an associates in arts for theater (two-year degree), with a 3.3gpa. I applied for schools out of state, but figured that I got accepted more for my money rather than anything else. I also have a personal training license through ISSA since I figured that I liked to exercise and can do a decent job helping others with the information that I learned...still, have yet to be hired as a trainer nor have I gotten a client. I feel like I have what it takes, I'm just not sure if I'm going about it the right way.
I want to study in-state for my bachelors, I guess I will settle for FIU at Miami, where I live.
My interests are: Acting/writing Music Design (illustrations, fashion, etc.,) Sports Finance/organization (recently--due to having to grow up)
My skills: Speak Spanish (I had an older couple tell me to look into Latin marketing/business) Soft skills? (communicate, understand, listen)
Also, if you'd like to throw any other advice such as finances, relationships, networking, marketing, etc., feel free to do so.
I'd like to add that I'm a hard worker. I have been working at a gym for 14 months now. I attend great, wealthy minded members who have a lot of insight on life, but I've yet to grasp it into existence.
Please let me know your ideas, I gladly appreciated the feedback!
If feels like I've made multiple thread about the same thing in the past; but I hear that if I make it a few more times that I am entitled to a free soda from 7-11
Anyway, I am currently working in IT doing very low level operations/help desk. I have been doing so for the past few years all the while trying to get a better, full time job while I try to teach myself more IT skills. It has not been going well as I only have an A+ cert (I have an associates in computer networking but I barely remember anything from my time taking those courses).
The long and short of it is that I am really struggling to get anywhere in the IT field and sometimes doubt that it is even "right" for me. And I have no idea what else I could probably do for a job and am terrified of even looking into it as it would mean the last six or so years of my life would have been a complete waste.
Maybe I am just not working hard enough to learn IT or maybe I am really not cut out for it. And if I am not, how could I possibly figure out what I am cut out for without risking completely abandoning something that I've spent so much time, effort and money on?
i'm really interested in being a defense attorney one day. currently have a Ba in psychology with a 3.88. thinking i have a pretty solid chance but wondering what the job market is like. would i have an insane time trying to land a job after law school or are their even any jobs?
i have a few areas besides being a defense lawyer in mind such as corporate law but would like to hear people's opinions as i don't want to put myself in debt if i won't have a chance to get a job.