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1. What are you doing for life?
2. Why you choose it and how it affects your life?
3. Are you overall happy about your choice?

I got myself to the point in life where I have to make choice that will affect my long term future and life overall. No wonder it drives me nuts. So I'm curious what you choose to do in life, why and are youy happy with it.
Also I'd appreciate any advice about my own choice...

I'll start then: currently I'm thinking about going into IT university with programming speciality. I'm not fooling my self - this is job that I won't like a lot and university will be pain. But it's only pretty easy job that can make me good money to hopefully invest them in some business after few years. Diffrence is huge - IT specialists are paid pretty much the same as in western countries, while normal jobs get about 3x less pays.
I'd much rather do something more practical but there is not much of a choice: in my country interesting professions either are close to impossible to get (ie. jet pilot), not well paid (ie. policeman, soldier even commando, salesman) or stuck in some old fashioned traditions that aren't practical (ie. lawyers have to study every single word from law codex, despite the fact that they forget them one week after passing exams).
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no problem finding job, good payments that will allow me to have fun/travel/buy cool stuff/invest, few hours of easy job, lots of challenges and problems to be solved
Cons:
boring job , boring university, low socializing chances with co-workers/ school colegues
 
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1. What are you doing for life?
2. Why you choose it and how it affects your life?
3. Are you overall happy about your choice?

I got myself to the point in life where I have to make choice that will affect my long term future and life overall. No wonder it drives me nuts. So I'm curious what you choose to do in life, why and are youy happy with it.
Also I'd appreciate any advice about my own choice...

I'll start then: currently I'm thinking about going into IT university with programming speciality. I'm not fooling my self - this is job that I won't like a lot and university will be pain. But it's only pretty easy job that can make me good money to hopefully invest them in some business after few years. Diffrence is huge - IT specialists are paid pretty much the same as in western countries, while normal jobs get about 3x less pays.
I'd much rather do something more practical but there is not much of a choice: in my country interesting professions either are close to impossible to get (ie. jet pilot), not well paid (ie. policeman, soldier even commando, salesman) or stuck in some old fashioned traditions that aren't practical (ie. lawyers have to study every single word from law codex, despite the fact that they forget them one week after passing exams).
Pros:
no problem finding job, good payments that will allow me to have fun/travel/buy cool stuff/invest, few hours of easy job, lots of challenges and problems to be solved
Cons:
boring job , boring university, low socializing chances with co-workers/ school colegues
Quite funny that you want to go into IT..when I wanna get out of it.

1. IT , websites & games etc.
2. I chose it because I loved to play games as kid, also loved pc's
3. Yes and no, money is OK ( not great ) but its soooo boring I want out.


Now to advice you. Look it is a really cool career, but once the challenges are over you will find yourself in a mundane position. I won't say its not challenging, but once you have to start and re-solve the same problems over and over it gets too much. Then again, I've put myself in a position to never take leave and being way too busy. My own business I started on the side is also IT. So 24/7 is a bit much....I've been in IT for 14 years now. And I seriously need to change. If you are just doing it for money...HMMM I think you need to think a bit more...money isn't everything. If you really enjoy it, go for it. At least try it. You might love it. Just stay adaptable and open to career change.
 

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I'm still in High School (I guess that would be the american equivalent) so luckily I don't have to make any long-term commitments at the moment. I plan on travelling for quite a while when I graduate and then perhaps try to figure out what it is I wanna do.

I'd say doing something you know is gonna be mundane and soul-killing for the sake of money doesn't sound like the best plan. I know money's important but I'd rather have less money and a job I enjoy.

What's this business you're thinking of?
 

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Huh. You don't sound too sure/happy about your decision. Maybe now's the good time to take "happiness, not money" into account but then again money makes me happy heheh. Me, I'm studying computer science w/ focus in game design right now. I just turned in my shitty coding assignment about binary search trees, about to get a C at best. I enjoy what I'm studying, and having a good pay is always a plus for me. I got my eyes on working for a huge game company like Blizzard or Bethesda, or even starting a game business with my friends. I've always been a gamer my entire life, and when I entered college I got my hands on a game engine and fell in instant love with it.. I remember spending hours on it and creating mods and levels etc. When Skyrim came out with the Creation Kit I initiated tons of projects, but released only one, which actually surprisingly stayed at top 1 for several days on Steam Workshop. I make mostly level/place mods, and would like to become either a level designer or gameplay programmer.

Good luck with your goals
 

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I'm not planning to do it too long unless I start liking it more/find really good position. What I'm really afraid of my social life in this profession, because to mantain any reasonable social circle off people you work with everyday is going to be hard. And in both work and university my work people will be just guys, which is not so cool. Also, I don't want to get all nerdy and stuff you know, I believe I can prevent it though

@themartyparade
Yea I just finished it. Funny thing is I also wanted to travel a bit and mature some before I make any decisions, but lately some facts changed my mind: 1. I'll get free education IF I decide now, 2. My parents must by law help me with studying IF I decide now (up to 25 years old, I'm 20 now and university is 5 years), 3. I'm gonna get foundings from social budget. So overall I'm going to have enought of money during my school to live like I'm working without working - that's where Se knocked down my Ti.

I'm thinking of founding big night-club/discoteque with someone 50/50. I got some idea about it but I'm not going to plan so far ahead. Certainly I wouldnt make my own IT business because maintaining this is 12+ hours of work everyday.

@Coke
Thats exactly why I didn't post it anywhere else, I know people besides E3 and E7 will always try to tell me how money isn't happiness. Well, for us it is, you can afford everything that brings fun in life (from the view of 7's).

Similar to you I'd rather do something graphical, either user interface applications or gaming design/coding seems ok. Nothing of the 100% math / binary stuff you know or machines programming, this stuff is is just not for my brain and I'll leave it for people obsessed with math/mechanics.
 

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1. What are you doing for life?
2. Why you choose it and how it affects your life?
3. Are you overall happy about your choice?

I got myself to the point in life where I have to make choice that will affect my long term future and life overall. No wonder it drives me nuts. So I'm curious what you choose to do in life, why and are youy happy with it.
Also I'd appreciate any advice about my own choice...

I'll start then: currently I'm thinking about going into IT university with programming speciality. I'm not fooling my self - this is job that I won't like a lot and university will be pain. But it's only pretty easy job that can make me good money to hopefully invest them in some business after few years. Diffrence is huge - IT specialists are paid pretty much the same as in western countries, while normal jobs get about 3x less pays.
I'd much rather do something more practical but there is not much of a choice: in my country interesting professions either are close to impossible to get (ie. jet pilot), not well paid (ie. policeman, soldier even commando, salesman) or stuck in some old fashioned traditions that aren't practical (ie. lawyers have to study every single word from law codex, despite the fact that they forget them one week after passing exams).
Pros:
no problem finding job, good payments that will allow me to have fun/travel/buy cool stuff/invest, few hours of easy job, lots of challenges and problems to be solved
Cons:
boring job , boring university, low socializing chances with co-workers/ school colegues
1. I am working a normal office job (super boring) and more tiring than doing sports the whole day.
2. I didn't choose it, I was travelling a lot working for an airline but I just want to relocate back home for good, tired of living in a desert and I can't see myself keep doing that the rest of my life. This current job (strictly 9-6) gives me some stability money is just average, this job gives me more flexibility to see friends and others.
3. Average. I lost something but I gain something.
 
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1. What are you doing for life?
2. Why you choose it and how it affects your life?
3. Are you overall happy about your choice?

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Im working on projects.
Sometimes in expert role, sometimes as project manager or project coordinator (depends type of contract). Basically my job is get situation at snapshot and act (build the team, deliver pre-results or explain, why its not possible and its better to do it other way). This type of jobs is always time limited. Similar way are having it ppl in consultancy, ones implementing systems (SAP, Oracle etc.)

2) I didnt literally choosed it, it choosed me. Im very flexible, easily bored and have 3 diploms (e.g. boredom).
I prefere quickly changing and moving environment. Its nothing stimulating in repeating same things (like writing invoices for example) 8 hours daily like Energizer rabit.
I was working with many ADDers, Gifted ppl and ExTP types and this kind of motivation (dont like repeat same all working days all year) is not that uncomon. Sometimes its excentric, because ppl working on projects are changing between economy/technology-research/working for foundations etc. I was even working with guy, who was originally priest. First he was working with homeless ppl and with me he was working at moving marital transport dpt. of international company to country, where concern still didnt have established bussiness.
Also: it choosed me because in time limited jobs many mens doesnt see career and its more likely that something goes wrong (in which fact they also see risk for career). And they dont want to go to destinations, which are having bad reputation (like locations with civil war etc.). Im not ambitious and dont have problem with hot territorys. So in this situation, when I saw opportunity, I just used it. I had no intention end up like assistant or administrative support for 2/3 salary man would get in same possition (statistic of my country).

3) I was happy with the choice long time, but not now. Now I hear all the time "cut the costs, cut the costs, cut the costs" and nothing else and it already bugs me. Course one of costs is my own income:(( And with company Im now (aircraft) I have got impression, that I even cant remember which contracts contains condition of silence I signed and that all my entire life is under security check (its legal, we all know, that they tape us at work: they told it. And for security checks they also have our approval).
Last time Im thinking more and more about taking break. In my dreams appears Meditteranean cruise:happy:
 

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1. What are you doing for life?
2. Why you choose it and how it affects your life?
3. Are you overall happy about your choice?

1. I work in I.T., as a field tech for a major retailer.

2. I've always wanted to work with computers, and do new things with them. Programming is fun...until you have to spend HOURS at a desk in a crappy office. Most things that I program, I sit back and think "I should get a billion dollars for this"...before I lose interest and never finish it. I have 4 computer programs that could have made a TON of money, but I never followed through. Bleh.

3. My A+ certification turns 10 years old in two weeks. I'm 26 and am (or was) the youngest manager (by far) in my entire company. I mean, higher than MANY people who'd been with the company for 25 years. Sometimes I get to do really fun stuff. But mostly it's mundane (I mean--Be a fire fighter for 10 years and eventually it'll all blend together, I suppose).

Anyways, I'm working on a commercial pilots license and secretly hope to make a career out of it some day...Then again I.T. pays a lot...so....

I KNOW I want to quit the company that I work for--Except I have 8 months left on an obligation, so quitting isn't an option until then. Plus I'm on the wrong side of the US from my parents house...so that's another thing....plus LOTS of other variables.

There's always geek squad....although I think they wouldn't hire me...

The interview:
Geek Squad: "Can you get CompTIA A+ within 90 days of employment?"
Me: "I helped write CompTIA A+."
Geek Sqaud: "Get the fuck out. Now."
 

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1. I chose a career in car sales. I live in a really big market (Alberta), and the average salesperson at my work makes 6 figures a year.

2. I chose it because my last job was in sales and I LOVED it, but I hated my company. Also, my mom has been in the car industry for over 15 years, and she provided me with a lot growing up, especially when she became a business manager/ finance director. There is also a lot of room to grow with the company :)

3. I'm beyond happy :) I smile every time I step into the door at work. I'm selling over 10 cars a month, making anywhere from 6000-9000 a month. I also get bonuses at the end of every year depending on the volume I push out, and the amount of good customer feedback I get in my assessments. Customer service is my specialty, and my customers always give me 100% on the surveys. I get $250 at the end of the year for every 100% I get, and if I sell 120 cars I get $10,000; and $25,000 for 130; $50,000 for 140; $75,000 for 150, and the list goes up. The incentives are terrific, I work with an amazing crew, and I talk to people all day and get paid decently! Happy is an understatement.

 

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....So, from reading this....I should be a car salesman?

Everyone seems so happy doing it....I actually live on "Mile of Cars" avenue...so....commuting would be a 3 minute walk.
 

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# 1- working as a cook, skateboarding/snowboarding a lot, smoking a lot of weed (haha) uhh... playing guitar/drums in a noise-pop band/about to record an EP for an independent record label. Working on building a merchandise/video website. Learning EMT related skills for my search + rescue squad. Planning on attending computer programing school in the spring. Saving money for a new car/surfboard. Saving money for a personal parachute /wind-surfing board (never gone but it looks fucking rad). I'm always open to dating cute chicks. Uhh... working on a comic book with my buddy. Working on building a mini-ramp with my buddy. Ya know dude... hanging 10.

# 2- I'm all about maximum good natured enjoyment/challenge + paying bills & chicks, haha.

# 3- Most certainly. Life is good duder.
 
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