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What Were You Doing When You Were 25  
User currently offlineaaden From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 835 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2430 times:

Hello all,

Im a 25 year old who graduated college in US a year ago and after a year in the work force, I've discovered I need more school in order to really do what I want to do.


I'm curious as to what others experiences were at 25. Whats normal... or expected


What job were you doing, what was your life like, ect.


Thanks

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User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2400 times:

Quoting aaden (Thread starter):
experiences were at 25. W

I was just working on the job. I a year earlier had changed and had overcome a bad problem in mid 74 and so just was happy to be placed


User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 3011 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2393 times:

Not 25 yet, but hope that I'll be in a happy place doing something I'm passionate about when that time comes a year from now.

Graduated college when I was 20, and was lucky enough to immediately find an amazing job in the digital marketing arena here in the tech Mecca that is San Francisco (and the surrounding Silicon Valley). Growing my career with a flourishing start-up (don't know at what point we can stop calling ourselves that) makes for interesting workspace.


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19965 posts, RR: 59
Reply 3, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2393 times:

I was in medical school at 25.

25 is a great age. You're young, but you're also old enough that people start to take you seriously. They look at you as a young adult, and no longer just a kid.


User currently offlinesprout5199 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1855 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2379 times:

Just out of the Navy, starting to date my future Ex-Wife.



Dan in Jupiter


User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8866 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2358 times:

Quoting aaden (Thread starter):
Im a 25 year old who graduated college in US a year ago and after a year in the work force, I've discovered I need more school in order to really do what I want to do.


I'm curious as to what others experiences were at 25. Whats normal... or expected

Not unusual. I graduated at age 21, and by age 25, after a few years of reality, I was back at school working on my Master's on evenings and weekends.



Veni Vidi Castratavi Illegitimos
User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20751 posts, RR: 62
Reply 6, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2352 times:

At 25, I'd just accepted a position as the administrator for a medium-sized law firm in the SF Bay Area. I was brought in specifically to computerize their billing system (in a day and age when that was done manually, for the most part), plus help set up the framework for this thing called a 401k, so that they could advise their corporate clients on the ins-and-outs of this new kind of retirement plan from first-hand knowledge and experience.

It was a fun job and we had some interesting clients, including an airline. My starting salary was 80% of what first year legal associates were making at the time, but without having to have the advanced degree or work the long hours, so it was rather lucrative money-wise.



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User currently offlineAzoresLover From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 757 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2321 times:
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I was serving my country in the Air Force in my first year of a 4-year stay at Lajes Field, Azores. I separated then right at Lajes and left from there as a civilian, vacationed in Europe for a bit, then started my teaching career in Washington State.


Those who want to do something will find a way; those who don't will find an excuse.
User currently offlinecasinterest From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4673 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2320 times:

At 25 I was out of college and sweating the Internet bubble as a designer. I was educated, but not sure whether my skills were enough to keep a job. Going back to get a Master's hasn't made sense to me yet, as I am still ahead of many in my current field. Don't get me wrong, I have a lot to learn, but everyday I learn more . Which is how most engineers are.

Quoting aaden (Thread starter):
I've discovered I need more school in order to really do what I want to do.

Then by all means, go back to school. Once you get married and have kids, it is a much tougher decision to follow through with. Get your career on track from the beginning. Especially if you do not like your current career trajectory.



Older than I just was ,and younger than I will soo be.
User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8866 posts, RR: 24
Reply 9, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2307 times:

Quoting casinterest (Reply 8):
Then by all means, go back to school. Once you get married and have kids, it is a much tougher decision to follow through with. Get your career on track from the beginning. Especially if you do not like your current career trajectory.

Ain't that the truth. I got my Masters while working full time. During those 2 years I had absolutely no social life and slept maybe 4 hours a night. Work, sleep, study. I don't think I would have had the energy just 10 years later.

In fact, as I recall every single one of my classmates who were married or were in relationships at the beginning of the Masters program either broke up of had serious problems with their other half, due to the fact that students simply did not have the time.



Veni Vidi Castratavi Illegitimos
User currently offlineCadet985 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1603 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2284 times:

That was only 2 and a half years ago...so exactly two and a half years ago, I was in bed just about 24/7 due to a severely broken ankle that will never completely heal. Actually, I was still in the hospital either waiting for or recovering from surgery - I forget what date that was on. But sufficed to say, 2011 was an extremely painful year for me.

Marc


User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15781 posts, RR: 27
Reply 11, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2279 times:

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 5):
by age 25, after a few years of reality, I was back at school working on my Master's on evenings and weekends.

I'll probably be in school when I'm 25. More and more it looks like I may need to take my lumps and serve my sentence in career jail.



Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2263 times:

I had been married for 4 months and transferred with my company from London to Vancouver 10 months previously. I had been with my company 9 years already by that time, I started soon after my 16th birthday on an NVQ scheme, which you dont hear of today. Still with the same company, will be 16 years this summer and half my life.

Some days I wish I had more qualifications as I am pretty locked in my industry, but a 25 year old with 9 years real on the job experience is a pretty rare thing today and it has set me in good stead I think - for staying in the industry anyway.



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User currently onlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12522 posts, RR: 35
Reply 13, posted (1 year 7 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2231 times:

That was in 1995 (easy to remember); I was coming to the end of my solicitor's apprenticeship (training to be a lawyer in Ireland). Have to say I hated every minute of it; my boss was a cross between Basil Fawlty and Amon Goeth (Schindler's List had come out that year), without the same warmth of personality.

I was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors at Easter 1995 and my time with that company ended later that year and I moved up to Donegal, in NW Ireland - which I didn't really enjoy, as it was a very small town and I was felt v. isolated. Returned to Dublin after that.

Never wanted to be a lawyer. I wanted to be ...

A lumberjack.

Leaping from tree to tree ...


User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2433 posts, RR: 24
Reply 14, posted (1 year 7 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2225 times:

I was working in Ukraine as an airline pilot. Certainly gave me some more hair on my chest.  

Now I am still working as an airline pilot on the A320 inside the EU, but in my dreams I hope to study economics again. I did one year at university a few years ago. I would really like to get at least a bachelors degree,

[Edited 2013-03-24 00:21:20]

User currently offlineaerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7271 posts, RR: 13
Reply 15, posted (1 year 7 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2171 times:

I spent 2 months travelling through Venezuela, Brazil by Truck and Ferry and finishing in Carnival. I climbed Mt Roraima, visited Angel Falls & the Amazon. Other than that it was a quiet year for me just working in the same department I am now.

User currently offlinefr8mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5500 posts, RR: 14
Reply 16, posted (1 year 7 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2165 times:

Let's see, by the time I turned 25 in Oct of '93:

I was in my third year at my current employer.
I was in my first year as a volunteer firefighter.
I was in the process getting off my ass and getting back into school and getting my BA.
I was in my fifth year out of my parents' house.

I was doing what most red-blooded healthy 25 year old males do when they're 25 or least what they're trying to do...
  

It was a good time, with more good times to come.



When seconds count...the police are minutes away.
User currently offlineCXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2647 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (1 year 7 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2146 times:
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The year was 2006. I had a job with a freight forwarder which was temporarily on hold while I was on long term medical leave. It was not a great year for me, being diagnosed with chronic renal failure in January and having to undergo haemodialysis three times a week. Thankfully I live in a country with a government subsidised health care program.

That also meant no flying for me at all that year  

On the plus side, I bought a new car, which I still have today.

So that's my 25th year in a nutshell.



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User currently offlineplaneguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1250 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (1 year 7 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2121 times:

At 25 I was out of graduate school (Masters), working for the national office of the premier association for my field (college health) designing and implementing national training programs.

I was able to travel (work and personal), made respectable money for the time, had a decent standard of living. Just two years later I would buy a home. Had a great boyfriend at the time, shame it didn't last.



I want to live in an old and converted 727...
User currently offlineflyingturtle From Switzerland, joined Oct 2011, 2444 posts, RR: 14
Reply 19, posted (1 year 7 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2100 times:

When I was 25,

I visited London,
my first real girlfriend separated from me,
I managed the turnaround in my BSc studies (I was in danger of dropping out),
hmm, and much more happened but I dunno.

Quoting kaitak (Reply 13):
Leaping from tree to tree ...

Nice!


David



Keeping calm is terrorism against those who want to live in fear.
User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12742 posts, RR: 25
Reply 20, posted (1 year 7 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2098 times:

At 25 I was three years out of uni with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering but building a career in computer science. It was pretty common to switch jobs a lot early in one's career. One started out working in what we called 'sweat shops' where you took a lower pay and learned a lot and usually only stayed 1-2 years till you learned enough to get a better job. At that point I was on my 2nd job and soon to go to my 3rd.

I was also pursuing my master's degree in comp sci at night but intentionally at a slow pace so I wouldn't get sick of it and give up. It ended up taking me five years, but I did get it, and found it to be an asset both in terms of resume fodder and in terms of what I learned.

Socially it was a hard time. Uni was easy because you were surrounded by so many people with similar goals and interests. Once out of uni, I found many of my friends quickly settled down into relationships and quickly got on with having kids. I didn't seem to have the same internal calendar/roadmap/goals that they had. I was pretty astounded that many of my friends who were really outgoing and lively turned into boring family guys almost immediately.



Inspiration, move me brightly!
User currently offlineJoePatroni707 From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 493 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (1 year 7 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2085 times:

When I was 25 I figured I will go to work for an airline for a "couple of years" to travel and see the world...

That was 20 years ago and here I still am..

Back then.I also consumed far less alcohol (yes I know that sounds backwards).

Weighed a lot less. Swore a lot less.

My body didnt hurt as much as it does now, and I didnt have as much of a twisted sick sense of humor.


See what working for an airline does for you???


User currently offlinecptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (1 year 7 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2082 times:

Spent a lot of time launching old Korean-era rockets along the west side of the Czechoslovakian border and visiting a lot of European Grands Prix (Monaco was most fun), but best memories was watching Neil Armstrong stepping onto the moon with a zillion cheering Brits in Trafalgar Square and birth of first daughter in Frankfurt. Guess that dates me. regards...jack


all best; jack
User currently offlinesturmovik From India, joined May 2007, 511 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (1 year 7 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2073 times:

Let's see, that was 2009. I was already two years into my first job, which turned out to do amazing things for me (including paying for my PPL), but has now soured so badly that I can't wait to get outta there. I did a lot more touring on my motorcycle back then than now, though it's only a gap of four years. As you take on more responsibilities in a job, you find less time to do the things you really love. I'm now thinking that it's probably not too late to get back to school and study further. In an ideal world, I'd want to get a CPL and a type rating and fly for an airline, but it's way too expensive and the job scene in India is way too dicey to take a punt on it.


'What's it doing now?'
User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8332 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (1 year 7 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2022 times:

When I was 25 I was in the Navy (for my final year) and was married that April - 44 years ago. Our "honeymoon" was 10 weeks in Hawaii as I was transferred to a ship to out of Pearl Harbor. After that 10 weeks we were deployed to WestPac for 6 months and my bride returned to TUL - Hawaii was far too expensive to stay there.

User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10109 posts, RR: 26
Reply 25, posted (1 year 7 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2042 times:
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Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 1):
I a year earlier had changed and had overcome a bad problem

Same here. When I was 25 (in 2007), I had a year sober under my belt, and was living in Boston, working and starting to plan how/when to come back to LA and finish by bachelors degree, which I had originally planned on finishing at 22.

Eventually finished my degree in 2009 while working full-time, and now have almost 7 years sober under my belt.

Moral of the story: life doesn't always go how you planned it. And that's OK.



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User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7108 posts, RR: 12
Reply 26, posted (1 year 7 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1978 times:

When I was 25 (a couple of years ago) I was a flight instructor (doing the odd bit of charter work) building up experience for that lucrative airline job that many of us would like to be in. Being paid per flight hour, it wasn't easy. I'd spend 30+ hours a week at the airport maybe flying 6-8 hours a week, pulling in around 7,000 bucks a year. I had to work 2 extra jobs (1 night job and 1 weekend job) to make ends meet. On a week with constant rain, we made no money from flying but that was the way it goes (The GFC didn't help)
Worked up to 70 hours a week, which got quite tiring as it happened 'week in week out', got about 10 days off for the whole year (usually sick days as I couldn't fly with a cold). Reflecting on it now, it was quite a good thing. Teaches you many things like not to take things for granted, the value of money, and about yourself and determination etc... Makes a young kid grow up real quick. My colleagues and I who were instructing pretty much skipped the 'party and clubbing during the weekends while you're a young adult' phase in life.
I see myself as blessed to have gone through that, I wouldn't have changed it at all. I learnt to have a lot of humility and though I worked part time doing what people would call 'menial' jobs, the guys and girls who worked with me there were great with a whole range of backgrounds and qualifications. Even though many in society look down on those in 'menial jobs' (we were looked down at by a few people), many of these guys & girls were smart and brilliant in different ways. I've always tried to be nice to everyone I meet, but the biggest lesson learnt is that being nice is one thing, but you should never judge a book by its cover. You just never know the story behind the person. Made a lot of good friends from the co-workers I had outside of aviation, alot of good times.
On the down side my social life was non-existent (no time and money), and living off 2 minute noodles and eggs every night wasn't ideal


User currently offline747438 From UK - England, joined Jan 2007, 838 posts, RR: 5
Reply 27, posted (1 year 7 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1944 times:

When I was 25, in 1984, I was working as a sales rep for a flour milling company, driving around 40,000 miles a year. I was also the year I first got married.

User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7534 posts, RR: 24
Reply 28, posted (1 year 7 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1778 times:

At 25 (October 1990), I was in my 3rd month working at the same civil engineering firm where I'm still at now.

[Edited 2013-03-28 05:43:25]


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User currently offlinena From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10765 posts, RR: 9
Reply 29, posted (1 year 7 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1757 times:

I got my diploma from university a few days after my 25th birthday. I wanted to make a long holiday afterwards but wrote a few job application letters to test the market. Sooner that I expected I got invitations and the very first interview ended with signing in at the DDB advertising agency.

User currently offlinestarbuk7 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 599 posts, RR: 5
Reply 30, posted (1 year 7 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1750 times:

I was serving in the United States Navy as an Aviation Electronics Technician First Class stationed at Fleet Logistics Support Squadron Fifty, Naval Air Station Cubi Point, Republic of the Philippines having a grand old time as I was still single and enjoying it.

User currently offlineiMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6307 posts, RR: 33
Reply 31, posted (1 year 7 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1705 times:

I was working too hard to make money and not working hard enough to make a life.


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