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What to do with my life.....

Discussion in 'Business Forum' started by bigcountry31987, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. I dropped out of school at 16. I got my GED. I was a carpenter for a few yrs, an electrician for most of my life. I went to school for auto mechanics. I am 24 years old now and have figured out why my parents and elders always said GOTO COLLEGE.

    Before its too late for me I want to figure out what I can do to have some security and good sized paycheck. I also don't want to spend 8yrs in school, 4 Tops. I know this is a crazy questions but any ideas on what I should do with my life. Not too interested in breaking my back for the rest of my life. I just want to make alot of money in a somewhat rewarding career and want to be home every night with my future family.

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  2. CBumpkin


    Aug 4, 2010
    Sounds to me like you already know what action to take. Do what you can to enroll in college and then just follow your strengths. Based on your work history, you might find you have a natural inclination toward engineering. It's only impossible if you don't try!

  3. Ok so engineering ...are there jobs in high demand???

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  4. I'm in school for electronics engineering right now. My Dad works for a top notch supplier for the pharmaceutical industry. They have to fight to keep electrical engineers in the shop because of the demand. Send a pm if you'd like.
  5. No one can tell you what you like to do. The best job in the world is one you enjoy doing. You might want to do some soul searching as to what you really enjoy. That my friend is the direction to head.
    Good luck
    God Bless


    Jun 11, 2001
    You're doing fine...and actually have a leg up on many your age..imho..

    You have SKILLS and TRADES you can fall back on..

    Now, get a college degree in something related to your work experience (architecture, structural engineering, electrical engineerimg etc) and YOU'RE GOLDEN!

    Then, unlike a book smart only college grad, you have experience and background knowledge of what you've been educated in.
  7. jprj


    Aug 5, 2001
    I agree on all of the above. And after you've defined the course for you, target companies that has something to do with energy.
  8. AA#5


    Nov 26, 2008
  9. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

    Jan 26, 2001
    for God's sake dont have kids until you can support yourself and pay child support after the divorce.
  10. AKguy


    Apr 22, 2009
    Go to college; a real one and not a stupid online one. With a bachelor's degree (4 yrs.) you open a lot of doors. Bigger paycheck, easier to find jobs, etc. Just be ready to go through with it. If you go 2 years and then stop you've wasted a lot of time and money.
  11. repo4sale


    Jul 26, 2011
    Everyone! read my post in this section. Enjoy making a KILLING IN YOUR STATE, COUNTY & BACK YARD... BUY LAND AT UNDER $300 PER ACRE AND THEN SELL IT IN 2-10 YEARS...
  12. Hi Everyone! please allow me to introduce myself

    I'M Roderick Paulate Sports trainer, and I’m really got interest when I meet a person that fits on my skills. I’ve been a trainer for how many years when I was a young student in our campus. And now I’m a manager in our online shop. Proud to say that i am a BUSINESS MAN
  13. nelson1234


    Jan 5, 2012
    Hi warm welcome here...join great community....
  14. hi you doing...r u also a business man......
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  15. AA#5


    Nov 26, 2008
    Ahhhh.....nothin' like positive thinking. :supergrin:
  16. Brian Lee

    Brian Lee Drop those nuts

    Jul 28, 2008
    Up a tree.
    No matter how old you get, don't ever let anyone tell you it's too late to change things. Nobody is too old to go back to school and learn new skills.

    The most important thing I can think of:
    Avoid wasting your time on jobs where there is nothing to climb up to, and nothing to learn on-the-job. Waiters and bus boys seldom have any possible promotions open to them that won't still involve carrying food to someone else's table.

    And whether you have a degree or not, there are always going to be those employers who will try to keep you pigeon-holed in something that makes money for them, but has no future for you. This will still be true even if you have a Phd someday, so even then, look for jobs that will give you new learning opportunities while you do the work, and shun those that do not.

    LASTRESORT20 LongTerm-Guy

    Aug 10, 2010

    Yup! This...^^^
  18. NEOH212

    NEOH212 Diesel Girl

    Mar 25, 2008
    North East Ohio
    If your mechanically inclined and have gone to school for mechanics, consider becoming a heavy truck technician. I make $50,000 per year. Granted, I've been doing this 17 years but your pay won't be too bad if you get into a good company.

    The dealerships pay well but many are flat rate. If your good at it, stay with it and be the best at it that you can be. Truck technicians are in high demand right now and situation will only become more dire with time since so many of the experienced truck technicians are retiring.

    If you really want the top pay, get current with the electronic controls and the new diesel emissions technology and learn to be fast and good with the diagnostic process. You will be a commodity in no time.

    I will forewarn you, you will spend $$$ on tools and invest a lot of time to training. You will always be going to more training in the course of your career in order to stay current. You will work long shifts, odd hours and sometimes be working outside, on the road, landfills, ect.

    The good news is every company that I've been with pays for your training and a lot can be learned on the job. I'm training a new hire right now. Just keep a opened mind and don't pretend to know everything! Most importantly, don't be afraid to say you don't know how to do something and be sure to ask a lot of questions. That's the only way we all learn.

    It's a honest living, it can be rewarding and it's a lot of fun. I get days that I hate it since every job has it's bad days but I wouldn't have been doing it as long as I have if I didn't like it.

    Good luck with whatever you choose to do. If a girl can do it, you can too!

    Last edited: Mar 11, 2012
  19. NEOH212

    NEOH212 Diesel Girl

    Mar 25, 2008
    North East Ohio
    Also keep in mind you will only get out of something what you put in. If your determined to make the money, you have to be determined to make yourself valuable and worth it.

    Build good skills. Try to have skills that few others have and be very good at what you do.

    When you go to your interview, be proud of yourself. Be honest but be confident and sell yourself to the HR director or whoever your talking to.

    When I do interviews, I'm looking for people that have real skills, that are honest about their limitations and abilities, have a good appearance, a good attitude, are motivated, are positive about themselves and their line of work, that value team work, and are willing to learn and continue to learn throughout their career.

    Most of all, I want to hire a worker, not a lazy body that works harder to get out of doing work than it would be to just do the job in the first place.

    Above all that, you have to like what your doing. However, the money may be somewhere and in some line of work that you don't like. You have to weigh your options and ask yourself what means more to you and what your priorities are?

    Do plenty of research and make a well thought out choice. You'll thank yourself for it later.
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2012