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This is a discussion on What level of education did you desire before entering your career? within the INTJ Forum - The Scientists forums, part of the NT's Temperament Forum- The Intellects category; I wouldn't consider what I'm doing a career, more like that thing I'm doing while I put the pieces of ...

  1. #11
    INTJ - The Scientists

    I wouldn't consider what I'm doing a career, more like that thing I'm doing while I put the pieces of my life back together and figure out what it is I really want to do. Before my current position, I was in graduate school in an MA program. I put all my eggs in one basket and plans fell through. I also became pessimistic about the educational process in the US and decided that most educational institutions are just selling the general public into the idea that a university education is necessary to achieve a good level of pay, good job, etc. Experience is also needed and if you've been in college for 10 years, you don't have a lot of that.

    I wish I had followed my dreams. I was really in to music and was a pretty good musician when I graduated high school. I, unfortunately, lack some of that self esteem stuff that INTJs are supposed to inherently have, so I decided not to go that route.

    I'm looking in to teaching, but for the most part, at least at anything under the college level, I'd be more of a babysitter than a teacher. I've thought about the possibility of continuing with graduate school and am 100% sure that in my field of study, I could be accepted anywhere as I would have recommendations from top scholars in my area. I have education/experience in this field and it's really where I see myself.
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  2. #12
    INTJ - The Scientists

    When I was younger (middle school/high school), I always wanted an advanced degree of some sort. I graduated with a bachelors of science in geology, worked outside of my field for a few years while I took a few more undergrad classes to give me a boost to get into grad school. Found my current job, which was only supposed to be a summer internship that was eventually extended into a full time job, around the same time I was accepted into grad school. After 5+ years of working full time, going to school part time and trying to balance a significant amount of travel for work and attending classes for school, I have an MS degree. At this point I'm not sure I'd go back for a PhD, at least not in the field I'm in currently. If I did go back to school, it would likely be for a degree in an unrelated field as a "just for fun" type of thing. Maybe when I'm retired.

    Going to grad school while working is a challenge, and I found myself a bit jaded about halfway through by the copious amount of useless knowledge you are required to regurgitate that has absolutely no connection to the world outside of academia. I almost quit grad school because of it, but I stuck with it. And I'm glad I'm done, but on some level, all that piece of paper means is I managed to jump through all the right hoops. If I had it to do over again, I maybe wouldn't have tried to work in my field and go to school at the same time. There was something more enjoyable about undergrad where I was blissfully unaware of the usefulness/uselessness of all that information.

  3. #13
    INTJ - The Scientists

    What level of education did you desire before entering your career?

    I have a BA in Fine Art.
    I'm looking to get an MFA in interaction, just waiting on admission decisions.

    Did you leave high school and follow your passions?

    I was a dietary science major for 2-3 years because of my parents. I still love science but I don't think I would have been happy working in a hospital as an RD. I changed majors to Fine Art after I was an independent.

    Or did you go to the other extreme and remain in university to teach after doing a PhD?
    PhD sounds fun too. CMU has a good program in what I want to study.

    If you are young, what are your plans? If you are older, what did you end up doing?
    I work as a game artist. I plan to go onto grad school at least though.
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  4. #14
    ENTJ - The Executives

    What level of education did you desire before entering your career?


    • At least Bachelor's Degree in Software Engineering.


    Did you leave high school and follow your passions?


    • No, but I did some small projects along the way.


    Or did you go to the other extreme and remain in university to teach after doing a PhD?


    • NEVER.


    If you are young, what are your plans? If you are older, what did you end up doing?

    • Mah plan is to get my own game studio, make award-winning games!
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  5. #15
    INTJ

    Quote Originally Posted by default settings View Post
    What level of education did you desire before entering your career?

    I'd make a poll, but different countries have different names for the stages.

    Did you leave high school and follow your passions?

    Or did you go to the other extreme and remain in university to teach after doing a PhD?

    If you are young, what are your plans? If you are older, what did you end up doing?
    PhD. Haven't used the subject matter (quantum mechanics) since grad school, used the programming though.
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  6. #16
    INTJ - The Scientists

    I'm still in high school, uncertain with what I want to do, but I certainly do want to be experienced in my field. I'm going for an MS in the least.

    I really think a lot of teachers do their job poorly and I want to improve on their mistakes and perfect the field in a large way, but I don't think I'd enjoy administering children much. I've considered software engineering, which seems to be a common one for most of you here, and you all sound pretty content with that field. Others include chemistry, civil engineering, and getting a PhD in Literature and using it to land a full time job a Publix.

  7. #17
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    Entered the work force while in high school, went to school and worked full time for 6 years before I lost my financial aid (due to priority problems on my part)

    I'm not in school right now...I wish I was.
    I've never identified any of the jobs I've had as a career.

  8. #18

    It's different in the UK's education system since it is so different than the other countries. I prefer the ones in our country because it is really focused and majority of students and teachers have really good dedication to their schoolwork. I currently study at college and I am studying A-levels in Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and Sociology. I put education before anything else. I've always did this ever since I started nursery. I still have passion for the route I take but the course is important itself. The only to subjects I despised was Physical Education and Information Communication and Technology. I am driven and I thrive to learn daily basis. I have like so many career paths I want to head and I have so many decisions it is just interesting. I currently work as a Voluntary assistant. I wish to either be: Chemist, Psychologist, Teacher or Writer. I have other career desires that I want to be but I don't want to make a huge list of things.


     
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