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Old 11-04-2004, 07:31 PM   #1
randyriver10
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Red face Trying to pick a career... Help from the senior members would be great :D


I've been doing my very best in school, but haven't been scoring that high. I am trying my best, but it all falls down. Is there any career I can get into that doesn't involve high school marks? I have computer skills, and as good as I am at that... I don't want to do that for the rest of my life! I'm really into cars, but I have no expierience with working on them. And my goal in life is to own a Viper, Corvette, and an 01 or 02 Trans Am all in one garage before, lessay 27 or 28? Entrepreneurship seems risky, I want an easy 6 figure career that I can get into RIGHT out of high school with little or no education. I live in Nova Scotia if your all wondering.
 
Old 11-04-2004, 08:14 PM   #2
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Thanks for the good laugh, I really needed that.

In all seriousness though

#1 There is absolutely NO job market in Nova Scotia. Hightest concentration of colleges / universities in North America.

#2 There is no such thing as "an easy 6 figure career". If you want to make that kind of money you need to work you ass off to get it, and even then it eludes 98% of us, no matter what career you're in.

#3 You can't get a carreer right out of high school. Most professions that can be considered careers require AT LEAST college/uni diploma.

#4 Only if you have college/uni + a couple years experience will your employers not care about your high school marks. In fact the professions that don't care about your high school marks won't even give you an interview because you would be so under qualified they would toss your resume right in the trash, because you don't have what they're looking for.

The best advice I can offer is try to get some experience in something that you enjoy and see what you need to make a career out of it. My step brother also loves cars, so he's taking a body repair course at NSCC and he's working in a car repair shop and loves it, so maybe that's one way to go.

In this day and age you need post secondary education, no questions about it.

One other thing to remember, high school is a lot different than college/uni. If you take course(s) in coll/uni that you actuially LIKE then you will do much better mark wise, and will enjoy it soooo much more than high school.

Best of luck to ya.

Tap, former Haligonian
 
Old 11-04-2004, 08:57 PM   #3
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Re: Trying to pick a career... Help from the senior members would be great :D

Quote:
Originally posted by randyriver10
I've been doing my very best in school, but haven't been scoring that high. I am trying my best, but it all falls down. Is there any career I can get into that doesn't involve high school marks? I have computer skills, and as good as I am at that... I don't want to do that for the rest of my life! I'm really into cars, but I have no expierience with working on them. And my goal in life is to own a Viper, Corvette, and an 01 or 02 Trans Am all in one garage before, lessay 27 or 28? Entrepreneurship seems risky, I want an easy 6 figure career that I can get into RIGHT out of high school with little or no education. I live in Nova Scotia if your all wondering.
Dope Dealer?

Pimp?

Professional Poker Player?

I would have to say Dope Dealer would prolly be the fastest path to riches. Of course jail time is possible but, every job has risks right?
 
Old 11-04-2004, 09:17 PM   #4
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Re: Re: Trying to pick a career... Help from the senior members would be great :D

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Dope Dealer?

Pimp?

Professional Poker Player?

I would have to say Dope Dealer would prolly be the fastest path to riches. Of course jail time is possible but, every job has risks right?
Come on!!! Be serious...

If you cannot offer proper advice then please don't.

PS. BTW dope dealers don't get jail terms in my country. They get hung.
 
Old 11-04-2004, 11:14 PM   #5
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Nothing funny about it. You want an easy 6 figure career right after high school, those are the options.
 
Old 11-05-2004, 12:08 AM   #6
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As an accountant
let me give you some advice
Its a fact the out of all the millionaires in America
about one percent made it from Sports, Performing arts, that sort of thing
The vast majority of millionaires made it
through sales
So pick something you are passionate about
and find a way to sell it
Fact : a college degree is not a ticket to riches
Thats why there is such a booming market
in "positive mental thinking" etc etc
many a millionaire made it because they were to dumb to realise that they couldn't - so they went out and did it anyway

If I can recommend a book you really should read and I really recommend to everyone I meet : its called
"University of Success" by Og Mandino
ISBN 0-553-34535-4

floppy
 
Old 11-05-2004, 12:10 AM   #7
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Dear Jobhunter:

About 17 years ago I was you. My dream cars were a lotus esprit, porsche and pantera. I have owned them all and the lotus just sits in my driveway collecting dust. I was gifted at computers at a young age and a published video game programmer at 13. I gave it up for my love of cars, and to provide for my love of cars, I pursued a commercial real estate carear to provide me an easy 6 figure income so I could buy my beloved cars.

I got everything.

and guess what.

I figured out I only went into commercial real estate to make money. I did not love commerical real estate. Had I continued making computer games or pursueing computers, I would probably be much better off than I am today...which is still pretty damn good.

You must figure out what it is that you love to do and do it better than anyone else because you love it. When you do that, you'll have more cars than Jay Leno.

And take it from me, owning cars and working on computers is better than working on cars.

Let go of your material wants when you decide a carear, it cannot be a means to an end.

As for entrepeneurship, go out and find a way to make $1.00 without laboring, then do that 1 million times.

The cars will come.

Learn Prolog.
 
Old 11-05-2004, 12:22 AM   #8
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PS. Og Mandino is excellent, he also wrote the greatest salesman. Also read:

Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich *** (fundamentals of creating money)
J. Paul Getty, How to be Rich ** (fundamentals of acquisition)
Rich Dad/ Poor Dad * (fundamentals of investment thinking)

BUY LAND Where you live before you buy any car.
 
Old 11-05-2004, 04:48 AM   #9
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My personal advice:

Find something you like doing.. if you only pick a career to make money, well, your going at it with the wrong way and you'll just be unhappy with a job you hate with lots of money. Sounds stupid but its true. Get over your materialistic thinking.. if your goal in life is to just own a really expensive sports car, you have some growing up to do. Money is nice but to me in the end, that and nice cars aren't going to make you happy.

There are too many other important things in life than material possessions.. (including money). Use money to feed yourself and put a roof over your head, but enjoy the rest of your life outside of money, cars and work..
 
Old 11-05-2004, 06:35 AM   #10
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So True Trickykid

My favorite quote from the book I recommended above
"University of Success"

.. there are five vital values that make for happiness...
A sense of Being
A sense of Belonging
A sense of Meaning
A sense of Growing
A sense of Giving
-end of quote

We in the "west" live in a very materialistic orientated world, we in the west also have the highest suicide rates, ( Australia 2nd highest I think ). My friends in the emergency services spend quite a lot of time recovering bodies from the bottom of cliffs, bodies of middle class teenagers mostly, who had everything they wanted... except.

So maybe I should rephrase what I said before : just find something you are passionate about !
you'll be doing better than most of the population if you can. And if it pays well then thats the icing on the cake.

live long and prosper
floppy
 
Old 11-05-2004, 07:10 AM   #11
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Seriously, I think that there is no way to get a 6 figure salary straight out of highschool. (unless you find a curency like: 100.123 )
They're right about picking something you enjoy, money doesn't buy happiness. In fact, to quote a often misquoted: "the LOVE of money is the root of all kinds of evil" [emp mine] (2 Timothy 6:10a NIV)
Infact, the whole chapter (2 Timothy 6) would be a good read.
It says (my paraphrase) if we have food and clothing, we will be happy with that. [b]and if it pays well then thats the icing on the cake.[b](trickykid)

I'm going to be an electrician... the computer science degrees just made me sick... to many people jostling for the same jobs. Also, I'll get the certs, then apply to work in Antartica.

People still enjoy life after 30, apparently. You won't be too old to enjoy a nice car after 30....

go for your dreams. Work with what you wannna do.
titanium_geek

PS don't garbage collectors make a lot of money?
 
Old 11-05-2004, 08:09 AM   #12
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PS don't garbage collectors make a lot of money?
Some can, they work their way up. My stepbrother had a uncle that made close to 60k a year.. that's upper middle class. I'd be happy with a salary like that, hell, if offered right now for that much I'd collect others garbage.. talk about a no brainer compared to some other 60k paying jobs..
 
Old 11-05-2004, 09:17 AM   #13
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Reading through this thread is kinda funny. How many of us here are over the age of 30? Have you actually found that (sadly in some cases) talking to a high schooler now and giving them advice it often feels like it is just ignored, brushed off, or apathetically waylaid as irreverent? (is that a biological trait, the teenage malaise?)

Everyone wants rich fast when young, because it fulfills what they all perceive to be their needs. Of course, many a piece of literature (and film) has explored the end results of carrying such mentalities through their lives.

at any rate. i get tired of hearing about people always wanting their big 6 figure salaries for doing nothing. (of course, i get even more tired of people *getting* their 6 figure salaries for doing nothing...)

want good rewards from life? work hard. work really really hard. if its work you love, then great! if its not, then either work hard in something else, or suck it up until you can.

now how about giving us workers in america a nice siesta on a daily basis?! mmmm siestas... now thats nice.
 
Old 11-05-2004, 09:20 AM   #14
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I have a great idea to become rich:

Become a politician! Why nobody mentioned that I don't know. It's even better if you get the sponsorship of multinational oil companies.

Seriously... becoming a politician is the fastest legitimate way to becoming rich.
 
Old 11-05-2004, 09:41 AM   #15
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I have a great idea to become rich:

Become a politician! Why nobody mentioned that I don't know. It's even better if you get the sponsorship of multinational oil companies.

Seriously... becoming a politician is the fastest legitimate way to becoming rich.
Not really. Most politicians go thru years of school and or college to get their degrees. Most were lawyers at one time or prosecutors, etc. The one's for cities and counties, etc, don't usually make squat for cash. And even the one's in Congress and our own Senate don't make huge amounts of money, most made their money from being a lawyer or were already rich to begin with.
 
  


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