Currently i am studying aged care to be an AIN. I plan on working in an aged care facility til i get my license and then do in hime care. I could go in many different directions but not sure of them all atm but in home care is where i want to be within 5yrs time.
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16-02-2012 20:42 #11
16-02-2012 20:49 #12
i'm starting an external course this month. it's a bachelor so if you're looking for a short course it wouldn't be for you, but i'm doing a b. arts and librarianship. i will be qualified in the fields of librarianship, information management and archiving. the prospects are pretty obvious i think lol
there are soooooo many types of libraries! public, school, state libraries, and lots of kinds of special libraries for people like me who don't particularly like customers. government departments, law firms, hospitals, etc all have their own libraries.
i would love to work at the state archives.
16-02-2012 21:09 #13
Did Science/Nutrition & now finishing off my Psychology degree….loving it…but very hard with baby brain on board.
What did you like when you were young….there is a school of thought that the very things we loved as children is the very thing that keeps on emerging throughout our life even if we try to out a lid on it
16-02-2012 21:30 #14Senior Member
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I am studying an arts degree, I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do so I followed my heart to history amd literature. Arts degrees have so much variety and you can study subjects from basically any disapline. It's really worked out well for me.
I am lucky that my job is in marketing, so I am more doing my degree for extension/personal development but I have been able to study both some marketing and politics subjects at uni that help with my job.
Not sure if that's helpful, but I previously had no idea about the variety available through arts, and if you don't know what to study it might be a good starting point.
17-02-2012 04:44 #15
Thanks everyone for sharing! Am loving all the ideas!
Thanks for your comment about our moving - you're lovely
17-02-2012 05:03 #16
Let's see ...
- Music. I was in a percussion group thing at my school from Year 2 to Year 6. I loved it so much that I spent every single lunchtime during that time practicing wit the group ... and then went home and trudged to the furthest corner of our property so that i wasnt annoying my family and practised for a few more hours!
We were pretty good. We wrote our own music, won every comp and eisteddfod we entered, and we even played at the Opera House. When I went to High School I tried to continue with it by joining the school band and learning clarinet, but I didn't enjoy it as much.
Haven't played since, and music is one of those things you sort of have to continually practice.
- Writing. I used to read ALL the time as a little kid, and when I was finished reading each book, I would write a sequel to it (NB. My 'sequels' to proper novels were about 5-10 pages long ) I know I have a natural flair for writing, but I don't feel as if writing is a good basis for a career for me because it feels like a chore and I actually don't enjoy it at all when it isn't up to me what I write.
- Entertaining. Used to write plays and stand up comedy routines and perform them for my family. In retrospect, I was probably just an attention wh0re
The only other thing I can think of right now is that I used to love helping the new kids at school settle in. I used to make friends with every new kid on their first day, and show them around, introduce them to MY friends etc. I don't know why. Maybe it was because they were exciting to me because they were new. I think there was an element of compassion in there too.
Come to think of it, I used to try to help any kid who seemed to be lonely
See my problem? I don't think there IS a sustainable career based on the above, unless you are the absolute best at what you do.
17-02-2012 07:14 #17
17-02-2012 07:19 #18
i can highly recommend this book - it is an exercise in discovering your strengths & passions & then identify the best career path for you….
It helps you to identify the things you are good at rather than the feelings you enjoy, which is a more empirical way of weighing up what it is you could be good at.
Usually people have a tendency from childhood that is either fostered or not but that tendendcy does not magically go away just because we can't make a living out of it. I truly believe if you do what you love you will become successful & is a better option than trying to find a career that might be most prosperous (i am sure that is not what you are trying to do, but it is what many people do). I also think many people don't really know what it is they "love" to do or what it is they are "good" at. The following book helps you to identify what that is in a practical & easy way.
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17-02-2012 08:53 #19
I did a bachelor of Science in Chemistry, pharmacology and neuroscience...
I now work in a chemistry lab.
I love my job in theory-just not to politics that go with it.
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17-02-2012 10:03 #20Senior Member
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So my question is ... What did you study (or what are you currently studying)?
- Initially spent 10 years on a BCom which I finished in '09. But it took me so long because I knew I hated accounting and didn't want to do it forever, but in the end I was so close to finishing that I just sucked it up. However, last year I studied a Grad Dip Ed in Early Childhood Studies, which I only recently realised was a passion. A PP said that we end up doing what we wanted to do as a child but have suppressed. I think it's true. I used to read to kids in my class in Kindy and take spelling tests and mark them in years 1, 2, and 3. I wanted to do ECS in high school but my parents wouldn't let me and told me teaching was not high paying so I shouldn't do it. They wanted a doctor/lawyer/accountant in the family (probably just for bragging rights really).
What job opportunities have you had (or are you likely to have) as a result of your degree?
- I am currently doing relief teaching because I didn't get a placement by the department and there are no other job opportunities. Come March the schools will start advertising again and with relief I get my foot in the door at schools in my area. I can also go on to further study and diversify into special needs or other specialist areas or extend the year levels that I can teach. Teaching is also extremely family friendly so that is also a bonus.
How did you choose just one thing to study? Did you just KNOW what was right for you, or did you find it hard to make a decision?
- It was a long time of trying to decide what I wanted to do for my whole life up until last year. I knew I wanted to work with people and I loved training in my accounting roles. I had always chased a bigger salary (thanks to my parents great advice) but in the end I realised money wasn't making me happy and nor was my career. So I finally did some serious soul searching and researched heaps of courses available and had an epiphany that Early Childhood teaching was my calling and the answer to my wants out of a career, ie rewarding, give back to the community, work with people, etc.
I am so happy in my work now (when I actually get work) and I find I am a better person for it. Granted I only had to do a 1 year course but to be honest I was so passionate about this career path once I realised it was what I had always wanted to do that I would have done anything to get to where I am now. I think you need to take time to really dig into what you want out of a career and even a good idea would be to see if you could shadow someone in that career for a day to see what it is really like. Best of luck!
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