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    I reccommend getting out there and actually trying stuff. I had no idea I loved taking care of sick people so much until I actually had to do it for a while. Then I realized I was meant to be in the medical field (I'm in school to become a nurse). You don't have to feel pressured to pick something right away. You still got some time. Experiment. See what you like. And remember that even if you pick something you don't have to stick with it if you don't want to. I'll probably change my career at least 3 times...I love change.

    Oh and I agree with the poster that mentioned doing stuff with your hands...I definitely reccommend trying that type of stuff out. For some reason I really love having tangible results...I think it's the way us ISFPs are wired.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pocket lint View Post
    What majors did you go through?

    I started out as an Anthropology/Art History major. I was and still am passionate about both. I wanted to be a museum curator since I was in middle school, but I did tons of research and found out that 1) positions open every 10 years (when someone dies or retires) 2) there would be a hierarchy of people ahead of me waiting for the slot 3) collecting debt... PhD needed for the position 4) low salary 5) parents weren't supportive

    Then, I listened to my family and switched to a Business major. I finished two semesters worth of business classes, and liked that it was safe and practical, but for the most part, I was miserable! I knew had to leave because I felt like I had been suppressing my creativity.

    I figured that I needed to go back to art and do something more "hands-on", so I started over and switched to Graphic Design (with business as a minor instead). I am satisfied with this decision, and I know it is just right this time! I think deep down, I knew that I would do something art-related... I just had to stop listening to other people, LOL.


    Hopefully you're less starving and more artist. I can't say the same for myself...starving artist strife. :sad: I'm beginning to sell my art on ebay though.

    I'm Sunshine btw. Hi.

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    I work as a gym instructor and personal trainer. I really like it, the sales side of PT kind of sucks though. Designing training programs and working one to one is cool.
    I used to work as a baker and I really liked that. There is a real craft to it, but the industry has become so automised now it's no fun.

    If I was starting out again I would get a career/personality testing done professionally and work from there. I'd like to do this one.

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    I'm a youth services librarian. Contrary to what you may think about librarians based on reading a few books and movies, we do not sit around reading books all day, nor do we get terribly bent out of shape by noise. Our library system is the busiest and the most user-friendly in the state I live in, and we are constantly changing in order to meet the needs of library users.

    I spend a lot of my day planning, presenting and promoting programs for kids of all ages, from babies to teenagers. (Yes, we get our hooks into 'em while they're still infants, so as to make them lifelong library users.. heh heh heh!) Some of my day has to be spent on the reference desk, helping people find what they need. I bet you can guess which I prefer more.

    Everyone's concept of "library" depends on what they grew up with, or where they live now, but those of us who work in a busy urban setting get constant variety (and I do mean constant) and a lot of opportunities to make an tangible immediate impact on others. Doesn't hurt that we get to do so in a way that's fun. I get paid to entertain kids with puppets and make them roll arond on the floor with laughter. They pay me to go to schools so I can whip those first-graders up in a frenzy of lusting after getting their own library card (yow!) I get paid to get hugs and artwork from kids because they love "Mithith Sawah". I get paid to wear my jams for part of the day doing pajama storytimes. I get paid to sing, dance, dress in costumes, solve computer problems (by the seat of my pants -- I'm no computer expert, even if I do let people believe that), and do art and craft programs. I get paid to run Wii tournaments for teens. I love my job!

    On the other hand, I'm realy bad at organizing, and I hate "collection maintenance" (aka ordering books in a timely manner), and whenever the circulation staff needs help shelving, I dread it because shelving is mind-numbingly boring.

    (ps: I majored in fine art in college and didn't know what to do with that after I graduated. I didn't want to do commercial art, so I reluctantly went back to school and got my masters' degree in lbirary science in order to get a "day job" that wasn't too strenuous and promised to be only 40 hours a week -- so I could spend my private time doing art. I'm glad I found out that my job could be a lot more than just a paycheck!)

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    I'm a recent marketing graduate, career wise it's not going so well, I sort of fell into a marketing major because I enjoyed the creative side of it but should have probably thought about the moral side of it a bit more and considered that working for big heartless corporations is the only real way to forge a career out of it. *sigh*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffster View Post
    I'm the office manager for the local Subway sandwiches franchise. (Eat fresh!) Which means I do a ton of paperwork for 20 different Subway locations like payroll, inventory reports, sales analysis reports, daily status reports, promotions reports, summaries of product transfers, etc. I also order all the supplies for the office and office-type supplies for the stores like uniforms, paper, pens, staplers, tape, and so on. I answer all three of the phone lines usually and direct the call accordingly. Line 1 is the outside line with calls from customers, businesses we deal with, people requesting donations, telamarketers, and such. Line 3 is the store business line where I take morning reports, answer questions about paperwork and retail network-related stuff and small talk with the managers that I like. Line 2 is the top-secret line only for a select few who know the code. And apparently for recordings about updating my auto warranty.
    :horor: That job would drive me completely insane!
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    Quote Originally Posted by locke View Post
    :horor: That job would drive me completely insane!
    Good thing I'm already insane, so no effect!
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    My mom spent most of her life as a nurse. She eventually switched to teaching. She loves both. She loves the "hands on" aspect of both jobs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by locke View Post
    :horor: That job would drive me completely insane!
    Wow, yeah, Jeffster, I have to hand it to you -- you sound incredibly organized! Or if not so, able to at least convince others you are. Reading over your description of your job, I think I'd make a complete mess of it if I were in that position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarah View Post
    Wow, yeah, Jeffster, I have to hand it to you -- you sound incredibly organized! Or if not so, able to at least convince others you are. Reading over your description of your job, I think I'd make a complete mess of it if I were in that position.
    Where did I say I haven't made a complete mess of it?

    Even though I may complain about him, I'm actually pretty fortunate to have an SP for a boss. If I have the report that he needs ready when he needs it, then he's pretty much happy. If I don't, then he's pissed. My desk can be a complete disaster area as long as I am able to produce what he needs when he needs it. When my yearly evaluation rolls around, he tends to have to sort of make up stuff he wants me to improve on so he'll have something to put on there, but it's usually really vague stuff like "in the next year, I would like for Jeff to work on improving the efficiency of the office."

    I actually have a pretty darn good job, I'm quite thankful for it, even if I'd rather be at Disneyworld.
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