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05-06-2014, 04:20 PM
Need advice on the future
So i'm kinda stuck with what i will do later and what i should do after highschool,so i would like it if you guys (&girls) answered a few questions. What did you study? What do you do now? Is the market filled with people who studied the same as you? Would i be able to get a job if i got the same degree as you? If so,what kind of job? Do you enjoy your job? Is getting a promotion easy or hard? Is there much flexibility in your field?

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05-06-2014, 04:26 PM
RE: Need advice on the future
(05-06-2014 04:20 PM)Lightvader Wrote:  What did you study?
Computer Science.

What do you do now?
Computer Science.

Is the market filled with people who studied the same as you?
No.

Would i be able to get a job if i got the same degree as you?
Yes.

If so,what kind of job?
Sitting on your ass all day long programming.

Do you enjoy your job?
Who wouldn't?

Is getting a promotion easy or hard?
Easy.

Is there much flexibility in your field?
Yes.

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05-06-2014, 06:23 PM
RE: Need advice on the future
GM tells the truth.
However, what do you like? You don't want to train for something that won't bring you any joy.

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05-06-2014, 10:10 PM
RE: Need advice on the future
(05-06-2014 04:20 PM)Lightvader Wrote:  What did you study?
Photography, International Relations.

What do you do now?
ESL teacher in China.

Is the market filled with people who studied the same as you?
No.

Would i be able to get a job if i got the same degree as you?
Sure.

If so,what kind of job?
IR could get you a govt job or something abroad. You could also be stuck in food service...

Do you enjoy your job?
Yep. So far so good. Probably gonna look for something else next year though.

Is getting a promotion easy or hard?
Easy.

Is there much flexibility in your field?
Yeah.

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05-06-2014, 11:39 PM
RE: Need advice on the future
What did you study?
Statistics

What do you do now?
Business Intelligence focusing on Database Marketing (Philippines)

Is the market filled with people who studied the same as you?
Yes.

Would i be able to get a job if i got the same degree as you?
Yes. Actually I heard that in the US there is a degree in Business Intelligence already because it is a rapidly growing industry. What was once applicable only for the financial services can now be applied in manufacturing, research, shared services, etc.

If so,what kind of job?
Business intelligence. Using data to enhance products, services and operations.

Do you enjoy your job?
Oh yes, But then again I'm a numbers and computer geek so it really depends on your own interests.

Is getting a promotion easy or hard?
Overall, easy, Keep in mind the higher up you go the slower the promotions, basically because there will be fewer and fewer top level positions open for you. Smile

Is there much flexibility in your field?
As I said, the field I work in now spans several industries (at least in my country, and from what I read, in the US as well) so yes there is some flexibility.

Hope that helps and good luck!


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06-06-2014, 06:49 AM (This post was last modified: 06-06-2014 09:07 AM by kingschosen.)
RE: Need advice on the future
What did you study?
Communications with a concentration in Journalism.

What do you do now?
Analyze contracts for an industrial pipe fabricator.

Is the market filled with people who studied the same as you?
No.

Would i be able to get a job if i got the same degree as you?
Yes.

If so,what kind of job?
Comm degrees are very flexible and are sought after. You can get a large variety of jobs... too many to actually list.

Do you enjoy your job?
Yep. It's a lot of reading and can be boring sometimes, but I'm just that type of guy.

Is getting a promotion easy or hard?
Easy... but it takes tenure due to the Good Ole Boy System here in the South.

Is there much flexibility in your field?
Yes. A ton.

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06-06-2014, 07:21 AM
RE: Need advice on the future
If you go the computer science route, there are a wide variety of programs, this one allows you to do an extra year, but you leave with your masters and will bump you up in pay and opportunity when you enter the workforce.

http://cs.uncc.edu/academics/5-year-babs...ee-program


I'm sure other places offer it too, but do research.


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06-06-2014, 08:10 AM (This post was last modified: 06-06-2014 08:14 AM by Tatuks.)
RE: Need advice on the future
I work in ICT field in consumer retail and I only got this job because of my sales experience and skill, also social skills are a huge part of my career. You can get into very unexpected fields of work if you can sell and if you are good with people, I wouldn't have a clue couple of years back that I'd be working in information technology and getting in to all sorts of projects.

My only advice is to learn a new language, of course if you already speak several trhen maybe not. But if you for example speak only Spanish and English, or your native and English, something like French, German or Russian might be a huge advantage.

At least here in Finland I've noticed that a lot of job opportunities are going by me only because I don't speak another language.

Now I'm learning German and I believe I'll be partly fluent in one year if I don't get into university or something that takes a lot of my time.

Studying a language in community college or in school is a waste of time in my opinion. If you really get into learning a language you can easily learn it by yourself by using programs and speaking with natives. Here are some useful links:

http://www.duolingo.com (I strongly recommend, it's free and possibly the best language learnin tool in teh interwebs. You get a huge amount of repetition and start to remember words like magic, compared to school for example where you get a couple of repetitions per hour)

http://www.fluentin3months.com (This dude claims you can be fluent in language in just 3 months, good reading)

http://www.ankisrs.net (Flash card program)

Edit: Oh, and remember: free universities in Scandinavia for everyone, you only need to pass the entry exam Wink
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06-06-2014, 09:00 AM (This post was last modified: 06-06-2014 09:17 AM by wazzel.)
RE: Need advice on the future
What did you study?
Mechanical Engineering

What do you do now?
Engineering manager for a oilfield service company.

Is the market filled with people who studied the same as you?
Yes.

Would i be able to get a job if i got the same degree as you?
Yes.

If so,what kind of job?
Manage my department, design parts and tools, support projects, technical sales support, that is what I do

As a new grad a person could be designing parts, working as a project engineer, designing systems, drafting, other types of field work. It really depends on what industry.

Do you enjoy your job?
Most of the time, I have been at it almost 20 years so I get bored and/or lack motivation at times.

Is getting a promotion easy or hard?
Depends on the specific field, I have been doing OK

Is there much flexibility in your field?
Yes.
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06-06-2014, 09:17 AM
RE: Need advice on the future
My answers are pretty much the same as GirlyMan's, although I can't say for sure how easy it is to get promotions industry-wide (at least in my area). Anecdotally, I can say I've done alright for myself in the past ten years.

That being said, Chas is right: make sure you find something you want to do.
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