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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Inca's Mum, Mar 24, 2011.

  1. Inca's Mum

    Inca's Mum PetForums VIP

    Apr 9, 2009
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    I was just wondering how everybody on here chose their careers and when you knew that it was something you wanted to do?

    I'm asking because parent's evening was last night and all of my teacher's said I was fantastic and said I would be great doing *enter subject here* at AS so now I feel extremely pressured to choose things and I'm only in Year 10. I'm pretty much 100% certain I'm going to take Geography and Maths and will most likely choose on of the sciences because that's what universities seem to be looking for now (at least one science) but everything else is just a mix because I enjoy all of my lessons I don't really have an idea of what career path I'd like to follow in the future either and my decisions or options are sometimes hindered because I really have to think about the availability of jobs in different areas now too because I don't really want to be spending my time doing a degree then not finding employment for the rest of my 20's!

    I would love anybody's help, experiences and advice :)
  2. Argent

    Argent PetForums VIP

    Oct 18, 2009
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    Personally, I'd have thought you would go on to do photography in College! I knew pretty much from the outset that I wasn't going to do stunning in my GCSEs. My strength lies in art, so I took Fine Art, Media and Film Studies, then went on to do Animation and Illustration at Uni.

    I think it's a good idea to figure out what you love, what you can see yourself doing for the rest of your life, rather than studying for an impressive sounding degree that isn't really needed in your chosen field. Once you've chosen that, pick loosely related subjects for college, and you can get more specific when it comes to Uni, or sometimes change directions altogether if you decide what you did in college wasn't for you. :)
  3. GoldenShadow

    GoldenShadow PetForums VIP

    Jun 15, 2009
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    I chose a combination of what looked good and were my best subjects but left me the space to chop and change what I wanted to do. On entry into year 12 I wanted to be a Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Equine Physio, regular GP and Management Consultant. Not due to grades but personal circumstances I couldn't do a medical degree but I had a tonne of options open with what I chose.

    I really wouldn't worry too much yet as subject blocks can sometimes make it that you can't do your dream subjects. If you can narrow it down to about six or seven subjects that's on track enough I think. Know what you mean though ALL my teachers were like but you should do my subject you're great at it..! Try not to worry to much :) x

    ETA: You know I'm at uni but at both places I went to there are still people totally not sure of what they want to do as a career it's very normal :D
  4. metame

    metame PetForums VIP

    Sep 25, 2009
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    my work at the minute is nothing to do with what i did at uni... well, mostly not anyway. (though i couldnt have gotten it without my degree - go figure :rolleyes:)

    that's my fault cause i messed up at uni though, and college.

    i chose my A levels cause i *wanted* to go into medicine but didn't get the grades because i was never there :eek:

    went on to do philosophy and psychology (flipped a coin) and am now working in care trying to figure out where i want to go from here!

    i think the thing is there really aren't that many jobs available at the minute and it really is hard to know what you want to do, especially if you are good at a number of things and have no set destination, so to speak.

    But sometimes i think that's better - to stay flexible?
    one of my friends from uni knows exactly what she wants to be/do but there's no call for them yet so she's a it stuck now also.
  5. Chillinator

    Chillinator Guest

    Honestly, don't even bother with a AS/A-level Photography, it is pretty much next to useless. Professional photographers don't make their names famous through qualifications, it's how skilled they are behind a camera and who they know. Any noob who doesn't know what they're doing with an AS/A-level in photography is going to fail miserably in professional photography.

    For example, if you want to become a wildlife photographer, Biology and Physics at AS/A-level are stronger subjects.

    Personally, I'm taking Biology, Physics and Geography onto A2. I've decided that I'm not applying to any Uni course that requires Chemistry, there's no point.
  6. Carla-Jade

    Carla-Jade PetForums VIP

    Jul 28, 2010
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    I chose my A Level subjects because I was interested in two of them and was pretty much pushed into one- that unsurprisingly was the one that i did very badly in which i greatly regret.

    Decided when it came to my degree that regardless I would take the subjects that I was passionate about, without a strong interest it will be too dificult to carry on at that level stuck with something you dislike. my hiosuemate did that, she left at the end of her 2nd year degree in journalism and all she ended up with was a student loan to pay back without a degree to show for the debt

    career wise all my jobs have been a bit 'different' by that i mean if i gave people the title of my jobs they would look blankly at me! i still believe that my decision to take business studeis at CGCE, A Level, Degree and up to Mastrers Degree level was a good choice as its a broad subject and not as specialist that may hinder me if i had to look for work outside of the siubject area. i believe that employers loook for the degree (if they specify the job needs one) just to prove you can work at that level rather than the subject its in.

    best advice i can give is take what you want to study not where yiu think it might lead- as this is not alwys where you will go
  7. 0nyxx

    0nyxx PetForums VIP

    Aug 9, 2008
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    I turned my place down in catering college to work after my dad died as money was tight n mum wasnt coping so to be honest I didnt choose a career till I was in my 30's Everything before that was necessity (needed the dosh) from 16 I worked in the co-op long hours & crap pay, from 18-21 I worked at Kangol on winding at 1st had a 10 month break when I had my son then went back to kangol on Mending/Verifying at 23 I had my daughter a 6 month break & went back to Kangol on packing & brushing.

    My son became very ill as did my daughter so I had to leave :( then my husband decided it was hard work with 2 ill kids & left us, so for the next few years I was full time carer just working a few hours a week in a local shop.

    Around about 29-30 I retrained as an I.T Tutor/ Support assistant then did some I.T maintainence training, loved the job & wanted to train further then my mum & stepdad both became ill, managed to do full time for a while then had to cut back to 1/2 time 6 months on mum needed 24/7 care no one else would do it, so I ended up having to leave again :(

    Still a full time carer now for 4 people but do intend to get back in on I.T work of some kind or back to teaching.
  8. WelshOneEmma

    WelshOneEmma PetForums VIP

    Apr 11, 2009
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    I did sciences as I wanted to do something with medical research and I enjoyed science. Then after uni i ended up doing whatever I could as moved back home. Then worked in restaurants. Then got a job doing admin for a Contract Research Organisation and moved up within the company and now do the budgets and proposals for conducting medical trials - so not what I had originally wanted to do!

    I did what interested me rather than what could give me a career as at that age you don't really know what you want to do.
  9. jenniferx

    jenniferx PetForums VIP

    Jan 23, 2009
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    Um well I picked my a levels based on what I thought would give me the best timetable and an easy life- haha.
    R.E, H.E. and psychology- ICT for lower sixth. I ballsed them up though because I just wasn't bothered. It was good craic though, I enjoyed school a lot just never did much work.

    Anyway- went on to Uni with my insurance choice, followed that up with an MSc and then followed that with a PhD- guess I was just a late academic bloomer.

    My sister went to a school that very much had a culture of if you aren't a high academic achiever then you're nothing- actually, if you don't go on to medicine at Oxbridge then you're nothing..... It's such balls. It wasn't even so much the school but the other girls. It's great to be into school and learning and what not but it's not the be all and end all to life.

    Those kids my sister was at school with might have been good at exams but they were nobheads as people and that's going to count against them more than poor exam results ever would in the long run. So if the choices you make now don't work out for you in whatever way then don't beat yourself up about it because there are always more options.
  10. Carla-Jade

    Carla-Jade PetForums VIP

    Jul 28, 2010
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    how about something like lecturing Foundation Degree ICT at Lakes College? would do a PTLLS course or Cert Ed if you had to while on the job- that would be more part time hours that might allow you to work at something that holds your interest while still being a carer?
  11. Starlite

    Starlite PetForums VIP

    Sep 9, 2009
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    I did a Media degree and HATED IT!
    Never used it for anything to be honest. I left uni and went into the care homes as a care assistant to pay the bills and found my calling :)

    I am hoping when the wee man starts school to go to uni and do nursing as its something Id love. I want to look after everyone lol, just my nature!
  12. catz4m8z

    catz4m8z PetForums VIP

    Aug 27, 2008
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    I didnt know what I wanted to do in school, in fact I only went into the 6th form so I could avoid thinking about it for abit longer!!:eek:
    My career choice came out of the fact I could only manage to get cleaning jobs and the fact whenever our family dog threw up I was the only one who didnt sympathy puke when cleaning it up!!
    Basically, "you already know how to clean and dont mind puke.....go be a nurse!!!":lol:

    edit-wow, Starlites reason for doing it sounds much better then mine!!LOL:D
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