Aeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 3034 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2570 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.
AeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 62
Reply 6, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2529 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.
AzoresLover From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 763 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2498 times:
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.
casinterest From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4943 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2497 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.
Dreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 9129 posts, RR: 24
Reply 9, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2484 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.
Cadet985 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1733 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2461 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.
YVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2620 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2440 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.
kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12738 posts, RR: 34
Reply 13, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2408 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.
AirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2522 posts, RR: 24
Reply 14, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2402 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,
aerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7443 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2348 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.
fr8mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5825 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2342 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...
CXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2730 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2323 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.
planeguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1273 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2298 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.
Revelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 13232 posts, RR: 25
Reply 20, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2275 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.
cptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2259 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
sturmovik From India, joined May 2007, 518 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2250 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.
Ken777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8567 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2199 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.
vikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10607 posts, RR: 26
Reply 25, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2219 times:
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.
ZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7127 posts, RR: 11
Reply 26, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2155 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
na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10931 posts, RR: 9
Reply 29, posted (1 year 11 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1935 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.
starbuk7 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 599 posts, RR: 5
Reply 30, posted (1 year 11 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1928 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.