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Hi,

I'm currently in a job I hate. I work as a family support worker and have done similar roles for the most of my working career. I really don't enjoy my job but don't see any other way of changing careers.

I am married, have two young children, so am not able to go back to college and retrain as I don't have the finances available to do this.

I really enjoy practical work such as painting, decorating, DIY, plastering etc but not sure how I can get into this industry without training or experience.

I am really low at the minute and sometimes think about sucide, i don't know why, as I know i'm lucky to even have a job. But for some reason this is how I feel.

Please help.

Thanks

Ed

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I invite you to brainstorm with me on this:) I look for a job / field of career following these rules, not caring about the money that much:

  • 9-5ish working hours => no night shifts, no exaggerated overtimes, mostly Monday - Friday
  • calm, low stress => I don't care doing mostly the same stuff everyday
  • no/small cognitive effort => academic/planning/developing/creative jobs are out
  • up to moderate physical effort => really tough manual labour is out
  • some level of movement => stationary office jobs are out
  • non competitive => self-employment is out
  • good availability => common jobs, no exotic stuff. Working at the cemetery might cover all the rules but has poor availability! Of course this varies a lot depending where you live, but just use common sense here. I live in Europe, in a semi urban environment, small cities, a lot agriculture and tourism.

Now you may think "you lazy ass, look for a challenge, who wants a boring low paying job??". Well, I have good reasons...including the temporary decline of my mental health, while working as a software developer! So these rules are not up for debate.

My ideas till now:

  • something social: I enjoyed working with disabled persons as a assistant in the past. Ill look into working with old people in a retirement home but not sure if that fits my rules.
  • retail
  • catering
  • easy manual labour
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College student going into his 3rd year, in a bit of a crisis. I've had a hard time picking my major thus far, but I've narrowed it down to these two. Both would be paired with the same two minors: computer science and applied math.

Physics has an emphasis on astrophysics. I've becomed disillusioned with the prospect of getting a PhD in the subject after finding out how long it'll take. I've loved the field and been interested in it for years, however; it's very fascinating to me.

BEA is a combo of math, comp sci, IT, business, and economics. It's my university's version of a data science degree. I love the idea of working with analytics, big data, machine learning, etc. This one seems like a good, high paying way in.

I recognize that I would love to have a PhD, as it has been a goal of mine for some time and I see incredible opportunity with it. I also recognize that this will be another 4-8 years of school after my undergrad, and I want to be working on establishing myself (house, business idea I have, traveling, etc) during that time. What do you think? Which would look better in general to employers? Thanks for any advice you might have.

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Hello

I have been working as an export sales manager for 2+ years in wood industry (in europe)

I like my job, but I want to go to IT sector in coming years as a business lead/sales because

  1. generally company cultures are far better in IT (if you are on vacation you really are, at the moment if I'm on vacation = working remotely = no real vacation; no company events like summer days etc, no extras)
  2. salaries are better
  3. I'm always have been interested in computers from software to hardware, at my company I'm "the guy with magic IT knowledge, who fixes computers, set up and fixes servers (which I struggle, but Google helps me) and CNC machines (software side) if needed"

Currently I am deciding on should I learn Spanish or German or learn to code. I have most basic level of understanding in Spanish and in German.

I also took python 2 semesters in college and done some basic codeacademy stuff.

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22, I have an associates transfer degree (2 years of nothing special) and another two years at university where I mostly studied journalism, but realized at the end of my senior year that I’m not cut out for it. my grades were dropping ever since I transferred and my last option was to withdraw this past winter so I wouldn’t be dismissed.

I’ve been working a customer service job for the past few years.

I am incredibly lucky and fortunate that my parents have been supporting me this far. They own the house that my sister and I stay in and I pay a small portion of rent (sister pays none but that’s another story) Otherwise I support myself.

Understandably, my parents are frustrated that I do not have a bachelors degree. they’ve said I must go to college, start paying the full mortgage and bills for the house, or move back home with them.

I don’t want to get into overwhelming detail but I have severe depression and no health insurance. My mother is a narcissist and moving home is a suicide wish.

I want to find resources to figure out what to do with myself. I’m so done with school. I am no longer cut out for it. I want to know what kind of entry level jobs I can do. I enjoy helping people, especially children, the homeless, etc.

TLDR I need resources for people with depression who don’t know what to do with their life. No more college either. Ill consider college when I find something I want to move up in.

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I have dyslexia, aspergers and writing disability or whatever you call it.

I live in poverty and I am having a hard time on what path to choose that will get me out of low income housing to upper middle class gated community life.

should I go to college and major in exercise science and personal training or go to a trade school or should I take up study in real estate investing since one of my goals is to buy apartment buildings so I can earn passive income

should I start betting on horses or playing poker or esports.

many people tell me personal fitness trainers make low wages and the hours on the job is terrible.]

I live on 2 dollars a day so please give me the best advice you would give to a young man who is in poverty

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I'm currently in the middle of my masters program in English Secondary Ed and despite my soon-to-be-finsished degree, I've been giving my career a lot of thought lately and made a list of things I would rather be doing if money and stability weren't an issue. I love researching information about history, literature, or just anything in the "Liberal Arts". This isn't a lot of information to go on but my question is, is there any way I can have a formal career in research involving the subjects listed above? They could be wrong, but a lot of online sources (I spent some time looking into this) say if you want a career in research and make some decent money, then math and science are really the only fields that could make that happen. I looked into maybe becoming a professor but I usually get the same answers (math and science are more favorable in the job market). I was hoping maybe you guys could leave some helpful advice/tips/information for me in regards to my question above (please give me some hope lol). Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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I am mid career and was laid off. I have been applying for corporate gigs in my industry but not having much luck. I am considering going the consulting route but am stuck with paralysis by analysis. Too many options and not making headway in the direction I need to. I used a coach before but didn't see much output. Would like to hear stories about people who used coaches to remake or transcend their career so I may consider some choices.

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I’m pretty anxious about this. Within the last few week I created a LinkedIn profile and set my career options to on in hopes of landing a job with Microsoft. Unfortunately nothing has come of this attempt except a recruiter in my company viewing my profile. what’s the worst that can come from this? I panicked and set career options to off. If I worked for a large company this would be less troubling but my employer has roughly 700 employees and I know most of them. In fact, I work feet from the HR dept.

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I'm super interested in the field and would love to make a career out of it. My problem is that I majored in an unrelated field (double major in exercise science and athletic training / I don't mind it, just not what I want to do for a career) . Been looking at a Masters program for occupational safety, but I been searching a lot of entry level jobs and many of them just want an associates/bachelors in a related field with years of experience. I was also looking at certifications from OSHA. Just wondering if anybody in the field has any suggestions on how I can start my career in the field with my situation? Masters or certification?

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