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My Career path went like this;

 

17 - Coles checkout.

17/18- Apple Computer tech

18 - Bullshit direct sales/marketing job (one of those people that annoys you in shopping centres)

18/19 - Residential Sales for an ISP

19/20 - Business Sales for same ISP

20/21/22 - Corporate sales for same ISP as an account manager.

 

 

I think the risk of doing something your passionate about is you will lose the passion for it if you are commiting 40+ hours to it each week. No matter how much you love something, you will get sick of it if you over indulge IMO.

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I have given it some thought lately myself, but the hardest part is going to be finding a job that will match or beat my current wage, as I do get paid pretty well.

 

I've been in the elecrical industry for the past 9 years (straight out of school), and while I do enjoy some aspects of the job, I feel that my body won't be able to cope with some of the physical strain I sometimes need to put it through (i.e running in 300mm mains cables, etc).

 

I've given some thought to doing an Open University course from home during my free time (as I do travel interstate for work so attending night classes wouldn't be viable), however I have NFI what line of work that I'd enjoy getting into. I've given Accounting or Commerce (Business Law) a little bit of thought, but haven't taken it any further than a smidge of research online.

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Age - Career Path

 

15 - Quit school and started web design company (IT / Computers)

15 - Farmhand and Bakery Work

16 - IT / Computers

18 - Demolition

20 - IT / Computers

21 - Marketing and Promotional Products

22 - IT / Computers

23 - Car Suspension Expert

26 - IT / Computers

 

I'm 28 and my next venture is *hopefully* going to be travelling and teaching English, and depending on how many people come along we're thinking about purchasing a rice farm and some houses in rural Thailand for sustainable living research and things like that. Who knows...

I sooo want in on the thailand thing. im looking to go teach english there myself!

was thinking about buying a business here. going to the mines in australia working for a year. and completely pay of the business. go to thailand and live of the profit!

can easily be done. all id need is like 200 aud a week

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I have given it some thought lately myself, but the hardest part is going to be finding a job that will match or beat my current wage, as I do get paid pretty well.

 

I've been in the elecrical industry for the past 9 years (straight out of school), and while I do enjoy some aspects of the job, I feel that my body won't be able to cope with some of the physical strain I sometimes need to put it through (i.e running in 300mm mains cables, etc).

 

I've given some thought to doing an Open University course from home during my free time (as I do travel interstate for work so attending night classes wouldn't be viable), however I have NFI what line of work that I'd enjoy getting into. I've given Accounting or Commerce (Business Law) a little bit of thought, but haven't taken it any further than a smidge of research online.

 

im in exactly the same boat as you!

 

bit of history for myself im a qualified forklift mechanic, i get paid a decent wage, but it can be very hard work at times (more so than light vehicle due to the sheer size of equipment) ive been on the road a year and a half and i hate it. sick of going to cold storage warehouses for breakdowns, sick of doing repairs at the rubbish tip, sick of getting covered in dust at the brick yards... im actually giving my van back in and going back to the workshop as of monday. never had a problem with workshop manager and got allong great with w/shop guys, and generally didnt mind the work there.

 

but in saying that, when i done my HSC (year 12), i got decent marks, problem was my school came bottom 3 in the state and my UAI (uni entry score) was only good enough to wipe my arese with, because you got scaled down to how your school went.

 

i wanted to go to uni to do something in medicine, thought, ok, ill do a apprentership in the mean time, so 4 years pass, and as the years progress i go higher in pay, more responsability, finally get a van, get on the road, got sites and customers to look after and now its dawned on me that this is the pinnicle of my careeer. That there in no further to go.. and that has depressed me heaps!

 

id love to go start uni, but doing it part time will take forever (6 to 8 years!! common wtf!!!) and even if i did do that, what in 6 years ill be 30, and trying to apply for my 1st ever job in that industry?? dont like my chances...

 

i have really considered what you do actually, to move into electrician ( i specialise on electric forklifts) but at the end of the day, its the same shit isnt it, running cables underground, crawling in roofs, working on dirty building sites... im just sick of comming home filthy every day!

 

but in saying that, a workmate of mine made the leap, he studied 2 years at tafe at night, now he is a draftsman... big change, especially how his new "workmates" eat their mars bars with a knife and fork... bit different to the rough bunch of mechanics he used to work with :lol:

 

ahh things to ponder.....

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lol who the hell eats a mars bar with a knife and fork?!

 

i wanna go to uni and further my education. Jan next year ill be a qualified fitter/turner. I like what i do day to day, conditions are pretty good, good technology etc.. just don't want to be setting a machine for the rest of my life. really wanna get into R&D. just think it maybe hard doing a degree amongst working fulltime.

 

would also love to start a small part time machining business...

 

been thinking about going to some uni open days or whatever..

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^ More money? What pay level where you on in the puss (ADF term for Navy for those non military types reading this) & how often did you go to sea? All my Navy mates are on good money due to being CTL/CTS and going to sea a fair bit, not to mention deployments.

 

The grads and APS 4/5 at my work have done 5 years uni to be on the same wage as me and still have to pay rent and cover their own medical expenses.

 

I saw sea once lol, CTS's didn't see much sea time when I was in the puss..

 

They were keen on any CTS moving to CTL as we have the same security clearances.. they were and from what i have heard they are still trying to push the subs.. and people if you like 100K+ starting wage, subs are for you.

 

I was a ABCTS but I can't say what pay grade I was on, you should know that, I'm still a Spook.

 

My PMKeys is still branded in my ass. What div were you?

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I have given it some thought lately myself, but the hardest part is going to be finding a job that will match or beat my current wage, as I do get paid pretty well.

 

I've been in the elecrical industry for the past 9 years (straight out of school), and while I do enjoy some aspects of the job, I feel that my body won't be able to cope with some of the physical strain I sometimes need to put it through (i.e running in 300mm mains cables, etc).

 

I've given some thought to doing an Open University course from home during my free time (as I do travel interstate for work so attending night classes wouldn't be viable), however I have NFI what line of work that I'd enjoy getting into. I've given Accounting or Commerce (Business Law) a little bit of thought, but haven't taken it any further than a smidge of research online.

 

im in exactly the same boat as you!

 

bit of history for myself im a qualified forklift mechanic, i get paid a decent wage, but it can be very hard work at times (more so than light vehicle due to the sheer size of equipment) ive been on the road a year and a half and i hate it. sick of going to cold storage warehouses for breakdowns, sick of doing repairs at the rubbish tip, sick of getting covered in dust at the brick yards... im actually giving my van back in and going back to the workshop as of monday. never had a problem with workshop manager and got allong great with w/shop guys, and generally didnt mind the work there.

 

but in saying that, when i done my HSC (year 12), i got decent marks, problem was my school came bottom 3 in the state and my UAI (uni entry score) was only good enough to wipe my arese with, because you got scaled down to how your school went.

 

i wanted to go to uni to do something in medicine, thought, ok, ill do a apprentership in the mean time, so 4 years pass, and as the years progress i go higher in pay, more responsability, finally get a van, get on the road, got sites and customers to look after and now its dawned on me that this is the pinnicle of my careeer. That there in no further to go.. and that has depressed me heaps!

 

id love to go start uni, but doing it part time will take forever (6 to 8 years!! common wtf!!!) and even if i did do that, what in 6 years ill be 30, and trying to apply for my 1st ever job in that industry?? dont like my chances...

 

i have really considered what you do actually, to move into electrician ( i specialise on electric forklifts) but at the end of the day, its the same shit isnt it, running cables underground, crawling in roofs, working on dirty building sites... im just sick of comming home filthy every day!

 

but in saying that, a workmate of mine made the leap, he studied 2 years at tafe at night, now he is a draftsman... big change, especially how his new "workmates" eat their mars bars with a knife and fork... bit different to the rough bunch of mechanics he used to work with :lol:

 

ahh things to ponder.....

 

Many uni's offer degrees via "flex" or distance education and you only need to sit your exams at the uni. Open Universities Australia offer full time degrees in which you spend 0 time on campus.

 

Uni isn't what it used to be.

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I went from panel beating to electrician. Best desition ever

 

winnner! i just landed an apprenticeship with energex (starting in feb) electricians are basically the best of of all the tradeys.

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For 6 years i was a sales area manager for australias largest automotive mechanical and electrical parts supplier and installers company. Work car was a 2007 H2 with 26" chrome dubs (worth 18k), lambo doors and 2 3" chevy dumpers out back, total insured for 220k. Just didn't do it for me anymore.

 

Resigned a year ago with nothing lined up, all money tied up, within a week i was selling boutique wine. Now work for them in export, vineyard duties and travel to china twice a year on business.

 

I have never been happier.

 

Hows that for a change?

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Pics or it didnt happen :lol:

 

Ive just finished my degree planning on working in the mining industry, its a big jump from years in retail. But at this point im figuring ill give it a shot for a few years and see how I feel, might go back and study.

Dont want to get in the trap of earning money and not wanting to go back to student wages

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For 6 years i was a sales area manager for australias largest automotive mechanical and electrical parts supplier and installers company. Work car was a 2007 H2 with 26" chrome dubs (worth 18k), lambo doors and 2 3" chevy dumpers out back, total insured for 220k. Just didn't do it for me anymore.

 

Resigned a year ago with nothing lined up, all money tied up, within a week i was selling boutique wine. Now work for them in export, vineyard duties and travel to china twice a year on business.

 

I have never been happier.

 

Hows that for a change?

 

see atleast as far as im reading you went from a sales manager job to another sales job, even though it was in a different industry im sure your past experience helped you didnt it? see i was thinking along the lines (for myself) going from grease monkey to study (dream job) radiology at uni... hows that for a change! LOL :lol:

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yeah I'm the same....I doing plumbing atm and just hate it....would love to do something else

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For 6 years i was a sales area manager for australias largest automotive mechanical and electrical parts supplier and installers company. Work car was a 2007 H2 with 26" chrome dubs (worth 18k), lambo doors and 2 3" chevy dumpers out back, total insured for 220k. Just didn't do it for me anymore.

 

Resigned a year ago with nothing lined up, all money tied up, within a week i was selling boutique wine. Now work for them in export, vineyard duties and travel to china twice a year on business.

 

I have never been happier.

 

Hows that for a change?

 

see atleast as far as im reading you went from a sales manager job to another sales job, even though it was in a different industry im sure your past experience helped you didnt it? see i was thinking along the lines (for myself) going from grease monkey to study (dream job) radiology at uni... hows that for a change! LOL :lol:

 

You want to become a radiologist? Have you considered radiography or sonography? Sonographers get paid a decent amount for what they do and in the end they show the radiologist what they see and then the doctor interprets it for them!

 

I had worked for 4 years in radiology just in admin, it is such an interesting field. MRI/CT etc is pretty cool, along with all the other examinations they do. Some of the things radiologists have to do, barium enema's/prostate biopsies/facet or foraminal injections/nerve root blocks etc etc are pretty full on!

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yeah sorry bro meant to say radiography not radiology! i want to be in that exact field, either a radiographer or sonographer, i do however believe you still need a Uni degree for it.

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Hope you like 240V.. It hurts.. big time.

 

Try EHV then :lol:

I think its like 250kV and above. Can't remember my pre-app days.

Still trying to find a sparkie to get an apprenticeship. Bloody hard =[

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I went from a physiotherapist to a signwriter (owner/manager) and want to move more into property development.

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Same same same...

 

Straight from school, no idea what to do, bombed Maths/science etc, creamed English, highest exam score in the year, stupid 17 year old did nothing about it, went to Woolworths, bummed for ages, eventually became grocery manager at 23.

 

Did that for a year, it SUCKED, the place was f**ked, customers were f**ked and I was burnt out.

 

Left and started Ceiling work, plasterboard and office partitions only to realise my brain needed more stimulation. Became supervisor for the company, now I'm sick of working with morons, subbies that don't rock up, a boss who is completely disorganised and I'm left to mop up.

 

I want a job in a suit in the city, thats all. I wanna dress well, stay clean and deal with ppl on a higher intellect level.

 

Now to to see what that is....

 

On paper, what i've done is ok but I have no uni degree and I kinda have the gift of the gab but will it be enough to get me into something I'm not really qualified to do?

 

I'm lost...

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Same same same...

 

Straight from school, no idea what to do, bombed Maths/science etc, creamed English, highest exam score in the year, stupid 17 year old did nothing about it, went to Woolworths, bummed for ages, eventually became grocery manager at 23.

 

Did that for a year, it SUCKED, the place was f**ked, customers were f**ked and I was burnt out.

 

Left and started Ceiling work, plasterboard and office partitions only to realise my brain needed more stimulation. Became supervisor for the company, now I'm sick of working with morons, subbies that don't rock up, a boss who is completely disorganised and I'm left to mop up.

 

I want a job in a suit in the city, thats all. I wanna dress well, stay clean and deal with ppl on a higher intellect level.

 

Now to to see what that is....

 

On paper, what i've done is ok but I have no uni degree and I kinda have the gift of the gab but will it be enough to get me into something I'm not really qualified to do?

 

I'm lost...

 

See thats why i dont want to leave uni and am thinking of doing something in the way of a uni lecturer. I would hate to be a school teacher but with uni the people you teach (aslong as its not a lecturer for wine marketing) are generally not wankers and you dont have to send them to time out etc. Problem is that these careers only open up when someone leaves or retires. I talked to a few lecturers and they are employed in their position just by pure luck. Also uni lecturers really dont give a f**k, even less that teachers in high school. Basically you say there is an exam in 6 months, good luck and see you there.

 

But your right i want to work with intellectuals, im a pretty popular guys and far from a geek but i need intellectual stimulus. I like informed discussions in a chilled out environment over beers. What spurs me on even more is that ive worked all through uni at a servo either managing 6 or been a cashier. Basically all my employment in the construction industry and retail i hate. So many idiot and i just boil inside. It hasnt exploded yet but i know that holding it inside isnt good for me, i mean i have to work to pay for my bills and rent but i absolutely hate my work. I just think about the money and needing it to pay for stuff.

 

In the end it will be worth it, got a double degree down, honours, soon enough PhD and then ill do an MBA i reckon. Either that or do post grad Med and even though i got an interview after GAMSAT and can go for postgrad Med within the next two years im considering not going ahead with it. I dont know i have busted my balls for the last 6 years and deal with idiots way too much for my own sanity and Med seems like a lifestyle that i absolutely would hate.

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i did the whole Uni thing, got my degree in Marketing and landed a pretty good job in marketing development/PR. However, I've recently had a rethink about my future and as much as i enjoy working in the marketing industry its not what i really want to do with my life. SOOOOO i will be going back to uni next year for 6 years to get a degree in veterinary science to become a veterinarian.

 

I'm 25 and i will finish when i'm 31 but its what i want to do and i believe that its better to do something that you are passionate about rather then stay in an industry you're "ok" with but not something you have your heart set on.

 

Good luck to you and remember its never to late to start over :P

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i did the whole Uni thing, got my degree in Marketing and landed a pretty good job in marketing development/PR. However, I've recently had a rethink about my future and as much as i enjoy working in the marketing industry its not what i really want to do with my life. SOOOOO i will be going back to uni next year for 6 years to get a degree in veterinary science to become a veterinarian.

 

I'm 25 and i will finish when i'm 31 but its what i want to do and i believe that its better to do something that you are passionate about rather then stay in an industry you're "ok" with but not something you have your heart set on.

 

Good luck to you and remember its never to late to start over :P

 

Hey mate i actually wanted to be a Vet ask a kid up until about halfway through year 10 when my parents said they could afford to send me to Perth (at the time no Vet Schhool in SA). It was one of those things that i always wanted to do and when that was shut down i wasnt sure what i wanted to do.

 

Now im a bit over Vet, not saying its not fantastic just for me its not my priority anymore. But the field im in now is very similar to Vet as im in a Medical career so work with peoples health. Good luck with the Vet though, will be a big change but i reckon you will love it.

 

Ps. for anyone in this threat ive come to the realisation of two of the most important things i believe you can find out when your young in respect to your career and future. Firstly is that been at uni or in training later into life is the norm now. Nothing out of the norm to be 30 years old and looking for your first propersional job. Secondly is that remember a few years of sacrifice now when your young can pay off to a much different pathway through life and retirment. An example of this is i took a year off uni to reassess the way your heading and if that really is what you want to do. I dont want to be a person that says ill to such and such and then be 50 and say 'nope this isnt what i wanted to do all my life'. I reckon its worth while ironing out kinks and taking your time whilst your young rather than finiding out later in life your career isnt one that you want to be in and/or your financial situation isnt where you want to be.

 

Edit: Hey Tae just out of interest who did you work for in Marketing? Thought everyone in SA that did Marketing would have headed to the Eastern States as there is no massive market for it here. Also with the Vet studies you have to do them at Roseworth Campus dont you, bit of a drive? Havent looked into it for a while so not sure but do you do 3 years of Animal Studies and then do 3 years at Roseworthy or is it 6 years straight at Roseworthy now that they built that new campus?

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Qualified motor mechanic with 10 years experiance, on $21 an hour. FML.

 

I want to bust out of the dealership, and work for myself, but I fear that it wont get off the ground. However, the thing I've learnt is not to mix your hobbies with your career. I bought a project car about 7 years ago, and now it's a hacked-up rolling shell that only sees a spanner every 6 months or so. I can't even get the motivation to do cash jobs.

 

I want a career change, but I've got no idea what I want to do.

i know your pain... i stopped working on cars for a job years ago because of this. i recommend going into the forklift or diesal industry as you can use the skills you currently have and get paid a lot more + learn a lot more. I work for crown forklifts and had no fork experiance when i started.. just general automotive. and starting wage was $23 an hour. now i have a van and am constantly out and about. theres potential to earn decent cash thats for sure.

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So all you had was your light vehicle papers n then they just taught you the basics and you went from there or is there other courses you needed to do?

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yeah sorry bro meant to say radiography not radiology! i want to be in that exact field, either a radiographer or sonographer, i do however believe you still need a Uni degree for it.

 

You should be able to get into Uni as a mature age student. Radiographers can transition easier into sonography so while it may take longer it might be worth it. Sonography pays a lot more, with the most qualified on around 70-90k here in Adelaide. You still have to do a lot of the crap examinations but it is a really interesting option thats for sure!

 

Even enquire at a radiology place and see if they have admin jobs going, at least then you will see exactly what they do. Thankfully a lot of the stuff they use is computerised now which makes it heaps easier!

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So all you had was your light vehicle papers n then they just taught you the basics and you went from there or is there other courses you needed to do?

 

 

dude Simon will vouch for me on this one, us forklift mechanics... we are made up of every other trade except forklift mechanics!!! i did my apprentership through my compony, apart from 2 other tradesman who we all done our apprentership together, we are the only 3 who are actually qualified as "cert 3 forklift mechanic"

 

everyone else is... god any other trade, auto electricians, motor mechanics, boiler makers, fitters/turners hell even have a few candlestick makers in the trade. pretty much everyone comes from some other form of mechanical background.

 

and yep starting wages are from about 23-25 per hour... but in saying that the work is ALOT harder and ALLLOOOTTT dirtier... hence why i want out.. im over it. working at the rubbish tip, at brick yards, concrete yards, cold storage in freezer rooms were its -37 degrees etc etc.

 

hell we had some bloke start with us, straight from a car dealership, they started the prick on $26 p/h!!! even more than me and im forklift trained from a apprentice!!!!!!

 

its not for everyone though, we have alot of people come only to say f**k this and leave within a month or so, but hey... worth the change... and ALOT more money in it than cars thats for sure.

 

you pretty much need about a year or 2 i dare say to grasp the basics, but ive seen guys come over from light vehicles, only 2 months in the workshop then they stick em in a van... and start them off on I/C trucks (internal combustion) and leave the electric stuff to the more experienced blokes)

 

but i feel exactly like Bazelinez feels, being on the road you deal with the same f**ksticks werever you go, and im sick to death of it. In most instances, forklift drivers are either fresh of the boat or didnt finish high school types who dont give a flying f**k about the equipment they are using or the environment they are driving in.

 

The amount of times ive been working on a truck with safty hats around me only to have some tool come flying around a corner full speed and nearly collect me/ my van in the process would make your head spin.

 

The amount of times i finish a prick of a job were a fork driver has destroyed a truck, only to come back 3 days later to find it trashed AGAIN would make you cry. and 90% of time time its all ripped off hydrolic hoses, tens of liters of oil on the ground, mess everywere!

 

I once was working on a forklift on site that someone had crashed into a pillar, fixing all the broken parts, only to see right infront of me, another driver drive full speed into the back of a semi trailer, bent the overhead guard like a bananna and nearly flipped the forklift on its side, only to have him turn it off, jump off it and get on a spare one and drive off, casualy going past me saying "oi bra dont say ya seen anything aye bra!"

 

days like that all you can do is sigh.... i got well over it, hence im back in the workshop now, but still, at the moment, over the industry in general, sick of being dirty all day and sick of being surrounded by fricken morons.

 

Enter the industry at your own risk :lol:

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hahaha yeah sums it up pretty much. and yeah its the same deal at our work. very few of us are qualified light vehicle mechanics... they basically pick up ppl who have eqperience in any mech field be it small or large. or sometimes not even from mechanical fields. one of our best guys is an Optical technician (makes glasses) and deceided he wanted a total change and joined crown.

 

i do agree that some site work is f**ked the shit you see is mind boggling but not all sites are like that and it is rewarding when you fix a truck and the customer thanks you and even gives you freebies. ive had several customers call up my work and tell them to only send me back and not any of the other guys so some days can be great.

 

like any job i suppose!

 

good luck with your choice of change too mate

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i did the whole Uni thing, got my degree in Marketing and landed a pretty good job in marketing development/PR. However, I've recently had a rethink about my future and as much as i enjoy working in the marketing industry its not what i really want to do with my life. SOOOOO i will be going back to uni next year for 6 years to get a degree in veterinary science to become a veterinarian.

 

I'm 25 and i will finish when i'm 31 but its what i want to do and i believe that its better to do something that you are passionate about rather then stay in an industry you're "ok" with but not something you have your heart set on.

 

Good luck to you and remember its never to late to start over :P

 

Hey mate i actually wanted to be a Vet ask a kid up until about halfway through year 10 when my parents said they could afford to send me to Perth (at the time no Vet Schhool in SA). It was one of those things that i always wanted to do and when that was shut down i wasnt sure what i wanted to do.

 

Now im a bit over Vet, not saying its not fantastic just for me its not my priority anymore. But the field im in now is very similar to Vet as im in a Medical career so work with peoples health. Good luck with the Vet though, will be a big change but i reckon you will love it.

 

Ps. for anyone in this threat ive come to the realisation of two of the most important things i believe you can find out when your young in respect to your career and future. Firstly is that been at uni or in training later into life is the norm now. Nothing out of the norm to be 30 years old and looking for your first propersional job. Secondly is that remember a few years of sacrifice now when your young can pay off to a much different pathway through life and retirment. An example of this is i took a year off uni to reassess the way your heading and if that really is what you want to do. I dont want to be a person that says ill to such and such and then be 50 and say 'nope this isnt what i wanted to do all my life'. I reckon its worth while ironing out kinks and taking your time whilst your young rather than finiding out later in life your career isnt one that you want to be in and/or your financial situation isnt where you want to be.

 

Edit: Hey Tae just out of interest who did you work for in Marketing? Thought everyone in SA that did Marketing would have headed to the Eastern States as there is no massive market for it here. Also with the Vet studies you have to do them at Roseworth Campus dont you, bit of a drive? Havent looked into it for a while so not sure but do you do 3 years of Animal Studies and then do 3 years at Roseworthy or is it 6 years straight at Roseworthy now that they built that new campus?

 

Sorry for the late reply, i've been on holidays ^^.

yes it IS at the roseworthy campus >< but its worth it. I found out that i officially got in yesterday. Its 3 years doing science (pre-vet) then another 3 years for doctor in veterinary medicine. so its pretty much 6 straight years.

 

I worked in sydney for 3 months before i was able to go back to adelaide to get a sweet job. I work for news limited, so pretty much my job DOES involve marketing but its more on the public relations/advertising side of things

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Yup.. went from wanting to be a sparky. Now just signed up and got accepted for a diploma in accounting :)

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I went from Concrete Laborer for a year (Good money but hard work) Then to carpet cleaning and did that for 3 years,

Boss was an absolute *milkshake*. Was on 21 p/h and he cut me back to 19 p/h with out a reason. Im now looking to get into Auto electrician.

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well it looks like I'm gunna have to look at a complete career change now, just got fired today. Not really sure how I feel about it yet, on one hand the job sucked ass and I'm glade to see the back of the place, on the other hand I will miss the steady paycheck (even if it was a very small one).

 

Anyways, now I'm gunna have to try and figure out what I should do now career wise.

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