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Old 05-05-2011, 10:00 AM   #16
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I'm sorry for bumping this thread but I have searched for it specifically because there is something that I wanted to say.

When I was at school I hated it. The only thing I enjoyed were hanging out and having a laugh with my friends. I hated most of the subjects and mostly I didn't see the point of it within the real friend. I think most of the problem was that I didn't know what I wanted to do career wise, I lived mostly in the here-and-now and the odd subject that I thought I would enjoy (ie: music) I was no good at. I had such a complete lack of interest in it that I never even put any revision before my final exams. Consequently I failed and had to spend the next 4 years in college trying to make up for it by gaining diploma's in a secretarial and leisure & tourism qualification.

After a year of searching for admin jobs in my home town I gave up and enrolled on a Marketing & Psychology degree only to discover that marketing is actually quite boring and that I would never make it in the real world of business.

Nowadays I am writing a film script but I am under pressure from my shrink to search for what is known as a "real job", and recently I am thinking that perhaps I should embark on a career that would be more useful to society than films.

If only I knew back then what I wanted to do and were pushed into undergoing French lessons and the like from an early age. I'd be in a much better place then I would be now.
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Old 05-05-2011, 10:23 AM   #17
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I think there are plenty of people entering university not knowing what they want to do, and then graduating with a better direction or a job.

I wish someone had told me, before college, just get a f-ing degree and make sure to meet tons of people and network as much as possible. I have friends who got BAs in Biochem and are now successful salesmen, friends who got an Econ degree and do very non-economics things with non-profits...etc. A BA is like putting on a different set of tinted glasses to see the world from that perspective.

I think the big mistake people make is going into a ton of debt just to get a good school's seal on their diploma, without being extremely driven to be in a field with large enough income potential to get rid of that debt.
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Old 05-05-2011, 11:33 AM   #18
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College was worthless for me. But I didn't pay for it, so I can't complain.
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Old 05-05-2011, 11:35 AM   #19
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I think the biggest mistake is succumbing to the entitlement complex, that we should be able to get the exact jobs we want and make a ton of money without having to jump through all the hoops or ever take responsibility for ourselves.

For most people, student debt is just a fact of life. The amount of debt does not correlate to farting around during college, it correlates to how competitive scholarships and grants have become and how much or how little someone else is footing your bills. I guess I could never spend years studying, interning, and working in a field I was only in to pay off student debt, I'd hate to be a slave to money.

You don't have to take French lessons at 4 years old to succeed. It's not always about being pushed into things early on. Most people just can't afford those things like doing piano and gymnastics and singing lessons and being on a travel soccer team and yet have no problems getting through school, getting a decent career and doing whatever the heck they want to do within reason. At some point you grow up and even if you don't know *exactly* what you want to do, you start being accountable for yourself and pushing yourself in whatever direction you feel is appropriate.
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I hate kissing ass and cold calling people, which is perfect because I'm studying a field where that's the only way to succeed.
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^ You have the opportunity and the potential to change that.
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I would definitely watch your movie Annie.

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I'm not sure what cold calling is, but yeah
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Ew cold calling. Part of my job is call center but even that's better than cold calling!
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I'm not sure what cold calling is, but yeah
Calling people you don't know out of the blue. Like for interviews and shit.
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Calling people you don't know out of the blue. Like for interviews and shit.
Ohh right. Yeah I've really got to get over that... whenever I've done work experience I waste so much time being apprehensive when I should just pick up the damn phone.
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I would definitely watch your movie Annie.
Thank you cobl!

We get cold callers all the time . So bloody annoying . Why can't they ever get the message that I don't want to save money on any of my household bills, I want to pay as much as possible!? Just bloody piss off!
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That's not what I was referring to. I'm in journalism, so I wouldn't be calling about something like that. I meant more like cold calling people in my industry who I have not met before.
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I think a lot of industries are like that. How well you can do the job is one thing but networking is what is really important if you want to succeed. That is where I see people struggle the most. It's not enough to have the degree, the drive, and some experience, sometimes you have to really get in peoples' faces in order to sell yourself.
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Yeah, that's what I mean. Despite being a very outgoing person, I'm uncomfortable with putting people on the spot. I like my interactions to occur organically. I understand it's part of the game, but it'll take me a while.
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