QantasA333
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Career Choices

Tue Jan 26, 2010 2:08 am

I am now entering 11th year of school, and still haven't decided what career path I want to take. I have looked at different paths for about 3 years, and can't decide.

I do have an interest in aviation, but I don't think that is the path I want to take. I also have other interest including tourism, an international career and language.

Could anyone help me here? I'm stuck.

Thanks
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RE: Career Choices

Tue Jan 26, 2010 2:10 am

Language will help most careers, it's something employers look for. What language?

Other than that, I'm in exactly the same boat as you, just 2 years down the line. I still have no idea.

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RE: Career Choices

Tue Jan 26, 2010 2:14 am

I'm currently studying Indonesian at school. Outside of school I am trying to learn French and Spanish, but having a hard time doing it.
 
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RE: Career Choices

Tue Jan 26, 2010 2:48 am

So you want to learn 3 languages on top of english WHILST focusing on your other subjects AND trying to get good marks to get into uni. Think to yourself, do you REALLY need to learn so many languages? I am doing a degree in logistics where there, once graduate, plenty of jobs lined up. Better then doing a boring business/commerce degree.
 
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RE: Career Choices

Tue Jan 26, 2010 4:34 am

Thanks for advice Joffie. I have been learning French and Spanish over the course of 3 years and haven't gotten very far. Would it be wise to pick it up in Uni, as well as a course in another field?
 
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RE: Career Choices

Tue Jan 26, 2010 7:08 am

Quoting QantasA333 (Reply 4):
Would it be wise to pick it up in Uni, as well as a course in another field?

Why don't you join government? I don't know what your SA Government departments are like, but here in NSW, they support our continued learning - we can get things like Study Leave. If it is related to your job, you can get that. They provide training as well as part of the performance and development plans.

We also get benefits like being able to move around to different jobs within government, without losing our existing one. (Once the secondment finishes, you go back to the old position).

It is rewarding working for government. Read up on common selection critera used by governments such as EAPS (ethnic affairs priority statement), OH&S, EEO (equal employment opportunity).

If your state government has some sort of a state plan defining priorities for government departments, read up on that and have a practical knowledge of how those priorities might affect your work.

Your other option might be something like Airservices Australia as a trainee ATC. You have a love of languages, so you could combine lots of talking with your love of aviation. I believe they have an intake for trainee ATC people now.

You could also try the Air Force perhaps.

[Edited 2010-01-25 23:09:27 by cpd]
 
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RE: Career Choices

Tue Jan 26, 2010 8:35 am



Quoting Cpd (Reply 5):

Sound advice. I too have worked for government (state) and have found it to be rewarding. Worth noting though that opportunities for moving around and secondments can be true of many larger private companies (particularly multi-nationals, many offering international travel also), as is the case with my current employer.

Also, don't fret too much if you find you're not able to make a decision for a few years to come, as happened with myself. I ended up in uni only because I felt I 'had' to be there... and it turned out to be one of the most miserable experiences of my life. Not that I regret it, mind, because I did learn a lot about myself and lots of knowledge gained at uni I have retained, but I was happiest when I dropped out. I've since been contentedly developing a career in the big bad world without a uni degree and that career has enabled me to afford to follow other extra-curricular dreams (such as getting a pilot licence)... so all is FAR from lost!

By all means, have a plan, but don't be surprised if you have to make major changes to it or even abandon it somewhere down the track.
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RE: Career Choices

Tue Jan 26, 2010 9:27 am

Im have 1.5 years left of College and I am still not sure. I am pretty sure I want to go to law school but really who knows. I am also having thoughts of trying to work at being a pilot again.
Maybe work in a few different things, go to a graduate school. There are a ton of things out there just find something you like I guess thats the most important thing IMO.
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RE: Career Choices

Wed Jan 27, 2010 4:08 am

Thanks for the advice! I don't whether I would want to work in the government or not, but I'll see. 2 years of High School to go, and then probably onto university.
 
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RE: Career Choices

Wed Jan 27, 2010 4:11 am



Quoting QantasA333 (Reply 8):
I don't whether I would want to work in the government or not, but I'll see.

Government jobs probably has the most job security. In this economy that is very important.
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RE: Career Choices

Wed Jan 27, 2010 4:38 am

Considering you're still in high school with plans on going to university, I'd be more focused on figuring out what I didn't want to do than what I did want to do--and there are certain careers where that is more important to know now than later on--like medicine, science, engineering, and the like. Once you know that, then try to keep all your remaining options open.

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