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  • Galactica

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    Feb 08, 2013 5:57 AM GMT
    I'm currently 19 years old, and I'm so lost. I worry about my future after college. It's so frustrating on what to do in my life.

    I'm currently in college majoring in Computer Science, I don't know if I can make it. My local college has a graduation rate of 33%.

    I don't know what future job is going to be like.

    Any advice for me.
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    Feb 08, 2013 6:00 AM GMT
    Galactica saidI'm currently 19 years old, and I'm so lost. I worry about my future after college. It's so frustrating on what to do in my life.

    I'm currently in college majoring in Computer Science, I don't know if I can make it. My local college has a graduation rate of 33%.

    I don't know what future job is going to be like.

    Any advice for me.


    Well, you are young so there is plenty of time to try things, make mistakes, learn from those mistakes, and then try new things.

    What year are you in college? What are you working on in your classes and what do you think you want to do with your degree? What interests do you have outside of computer science?
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    Feb 08, 2013 6:05 AM GMT
    My only advice is don't be part of the 33%. Finish what you started.
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    Feb 08, 2013 6:30 AM GMT
    Don't stress yourself! you have a lot of time to think about it!

    & Don't think about your collage graduation rate...think about yourself first...
    No one cares about how successful your collage is...people care how successful an individual person is.

    Don't think about the future, it only makes people anxiety...
    live in the present, then you have nothing to worry about! icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 08, 2013 6:31 AM GMT
    My advice:
    Try your best and take it one day at a time.

    If you love what you are doing, then keep doing it. If you truly want it, then go for it. It may take you longer than you hope, but it will be worth it in the end.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Feb 08, 2013 7:02 AM GMT
    Stop staring at the big picture .... just visualize a point where you want to be ... then just take it one day at a time
  • swall1963

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    Feb 08, 2013 12:47 PM GMT
    Erik101 saidMy only advice is don't be part of the 33%. Finish what you started.


    Erik101 I think you meant to say, be one of 33%.
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    Feb 08, 2013 1:07 PM GMT
    swall1963 said
    Erik101 saidMy only advice is don't be part of the 33%. Finish what you started.


    Erik101 I think you meant to say, be one of 33%.


    Oops! You're right! Damn Malbec was getting to me! Thanks Swall! icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 08, 2013 2:56 PM GMT
    Before anyone starts their education for ANY career, they need to do lots of research, including:

    - How much education will you need? (ie. an undergrad degree, or will I have to pursue post-grad to be seriously considered for employment? Can you afford it? Will you have to go back for any upgrading/reschooling at some point? If so, when & how much is the estimated cost?)

    - What is the likihood of viable employment (Is there already a glut of people in the profession struggling for work? What is your competition?)

    - What are the average salaries for this profession (in particular, starting salaries), and will it sustain the kind of lifestyle you want to lead? If not, will you have to take a second job of some kind to maintain it until you advance enough in your field to be able to command a higher salary

    - Do you wish to work for a company or be self-employed? If you wish to be self-employed, have you spoken with individuals who have been doing this for some time to investigate the pros & cons, as well as getting some inside tips (ie. have you investigated with a lawyer & a banker the necessary steps to take to encorporate yourself (for both tax and liability purposes? How much will that cost?)

    - What city or area of the country do you want to live in when you graduate, and what are employment opportunities (job availabilities, average salaries, room for advancement, etc.) like in that geographic area? If they aren't what you were hoping for, are you willing to relocate to another area that offers more opportunities in line with your career goals?

    The good news is, you're only 19. If you feel like this isn't something you really want to do, there is still plenty of time to change your mind and pursue something that is both of interest to you AND viable as employment. Perhaps meeting with a counsellor at your college is in order.

    Good luck!!! icon_smile.gif
  • HottJoe

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    Feb 08, 2013 2:58 PM GMT
    Clearly you're a Cylon.
  • GingerOH

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    Feb 08, 2013 7:48 PM GMT
    Calm down, I switched my major and ended up staying a 5th year because I picked up a second major and two minors. Your 19 so nothing is set in stone in your life, you have time to figure out what you want to do. No worries! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 08, 2013 7:51 PM GMT
    turn into a black knight and go and burn the land with nuclear explosive power balls and become the supreme ruler of the earth so i can over throw you and take your kingdom awayicon_twisted.gif
  • Webster666

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    Feb 08, 2013 9:38 PM GMT
    Erik101 saidMy only advice is don't be part of the 33%. Finish what you started.



    YES.
    Get, at least, a bachelor's degree.
    That's what most employers are looking for.
    And, there are ALWAYS jobs in anything to do with computers.
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    Feb 08, 2013 9:40 PM GMT
    xanadude saidBefore anyone starts their education for ANY career, they need to do lots of research, including:

    - How much education will you need? (ie. an undergrad degree, or will I have to pursue post-grad to be seriously considered for employment? Can you afford it? Will you have to go back for any upgrading/reschooling at some point? If so, when & how much is the estimated cost?)

    - What is the likihood of viable employment (Is there already a glut of people in the profession struggling for work? What is your competition?)

    - What are the average salaries for this profession (in particular, starting salaries), and will it sustain the kind of lifestyle you want to lead? If not, will you have to take a second job of some kind to maintain it until you advance enough in your field to be able to command a higher salary

    - Do you wish to work for a company or be self-employed? If you wish to be self-employed, have you spoken with individuals who have been doing this for some time to investigate the pros & cons, as well as getting some inside tips (ie. have you investigated with a lawyer & a banker the necessary steps to take to encorporate yourself (for both tax and liability purposes? How much will that cost?)

    - What city or area of the country do you want to live in when you graduate, and what are employment opportunities (job availabilities, average salaries, room for advancement, etc.) like in that geographic area? If they aren't what you were hoping for, are you willing to relocate to another area that offers more opportunities in line with your career goals?

    The good news is, you're only 19. If you feel like this isn't something you really want to do, there is still plenty of time to change your mind and pursue something that is both of interest to you AND viable as employment. Perhaps meeting with a counsellor at your college is in order.

    Good luck!!! icon_smile.gif


    ^^^ This, seconded.
    I agree that 95% of the time, we should live in the moment and focus our creativity and energy on the task-at-hand... however a good amount of time needs to be invested in clearly thinking about one's future, and working "backwards through time" to make sure you will hit all the necessary milestones.

    Anecdote: I made a choice to enter a PhD program with a very very small opportunity for an academic job. I also made a choice to flounder around college, switching majors, taking out loans, and obtaining more than one degree. I don't regret it, but I do think that some long-term thinking and planning would have put me in an even better position today at 25 than where I am currently at. But, hindsight is 20/20 as they say. I've decided to switch careers, leave the program, and move into a more stable field that will be better suited at fulfilling my passions. I'm doing this at 25. You can definitely do this at 19, 25, 30. I find those people who switch their lives around at 40 and 50 to be incredibly inspirational.
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    Feb 08, 2013 9:54 PM GMT
    I just barely made it through a grueling, 5-month job search after graduating from a great university. My problem was that I was a liberal arts major. Based on the literally thousands of job descriptions I've read over the past several months, I'd guess that you'll be fine. Computer science is one of the most lucrative fields.

    Hang in there.
  • hanzo83

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    Feb 10, 2013 10:57 PM GMT
    There is always the option of becoming an entrepreneur too. The whole going to college then getting a job thing isn't the only way to go. If I were you I would go on to school but I would explore some business ideas too. There is nothing like making your own money and being your own boss.