This thread isn't really for me, given my above statement, but I did a TAFE Bar and Gaming Cert. III and worked in pubs until I stopped to have children. I've been a SAHM since 2006, when in 2012 I had an epiphany and finally decided what I wanted to do when I grew up, so applied for Uni and started studying in 2013 - I've now only got 2 more years until I graduate!
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09-02-2016 15:08 #22Senior Member
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I deferred my Bach of Justice degree ten years ago as a yr 12 graduate as a pathway to Bach of Laws, and worked admin jobs until 2014 when I went on leave to have my second child.. I did a cert IV in accounting but wasn't for me. I'm about to start my Bachelor of Laws. Only one subject this sem but I'm excited 🎉
Also kind of annoyed because it's what I wanted to do ten years ago - I've gone full circle! For those saying it's too late - unless you're about to retire I totally don't think it's too late!
09-02-2016 15:21 #23
I studied international studies, majoring in French and Gender and cultural studies. Very interesting but totally useless to me so far. I'm currently studying education which I should've done from the get go.
09-02-2016 15:39 #24
09-02-2016 15:39 #25
I did a Bachelor of Business straight out of school but I have always wished I had done teaching. From time to time I think about going back but life seems to keep getting in the way 😬
09-02-2016 15:55 #26
09-02-2016 16:05 #27
*Spin off* What should you have studied?
I really struggled with schooling. The whole time. I flourished in exams, it wasn't about the actual work that was done. I didn't have the patience or attention span to sit in a class room. I can't even read a book cover to cover. So university study was never an option for me. I tried getting my bachelors to become a teacher a few years back but I never wanted to be a teacher so it felt like it was just busy work (my parents pushed me into it). I dropped out pretty quickly. I think if I had of been able to handle the structure of school and Uni, I would have followed a path down the route to becoming a doctor (surgeon). That was always my go-to as a child and I do have quite a few regrets about not doing something big with my life like that. But it probably wouldn't have been a great job for me to facilitate the family life I have now (and love). Same goes for I applied to go into the military as an air traffic controller, got into the course and even offered a fast track into it (offered placement into the immediate course not into the one starting 7 months later like I had applied for) which I ended up turning down. Again, some regret but also wouldn't have been as great with my family life as I have now.
My other interest in life has been various forms of art/design based jobs. I wanted to do photography at school but was told by my mother it wasn't a real job. She had me doing commerce and similar related courses. I cannot stand it. She had me working at her book keeping company on and off for years and I would go stir crazy in my chair after an hour or two. I have never needed as many toilet breaks, as what I needed in that job. Other deign based jobs I have considered over the years are marketing (which I briefly worked in and loved but was made redundant when we lost a huge client), landscape design, interior design, architecture etc.
We have a call for childcare qualified people in my small town so I suggested to my husband that I should study that. I'm decent with kids, would get work quick and the hours would suit perfectly but he basically said that in no uncertain terms should I be starting yet another course for something I don't want to do. I should be doing something for me. My mother pushed me around enough growing up so I should pick something I want to do finally. So I have enrolled to do my Cert 3 in horticulture. I plan to knock that out the way so I can start My diploma of Landscape design and maybe even work my way up to Landscape Architect. How this fits in with my life plan, I don't know. But I get to study something for me. A job that gets me on my feet and not behind a desk. I'm happy.
(I opened this thinking I won't have anything to contribute and now you all can't shut me up haha).
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09-02-2016 16:14 #28Senior Member
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09-02-2016 16:25 #29
Hopefully you find an area of it you love as the variety is definitely a positive!
09-02-2016 16:42 #30
I did 3 years of a medicine degree. Only picked it bc I got the marks and so many people told me I should.
Left in 4th year and changed to a commerce degree (accounting and finance). I can't complain about my current job. I don't mind the work, the environment is great, flexible hours and pretty stress free.
If I could do it all again though I would have gone to tafe to do some sort of trade. I really like making things and using my hands.
I think the workplace makes a big difference though. I had an accounting job at a workplace I really detested and I was so miserable at work. Now I am in the same field of work but a much better organization and am so much happier.
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