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Old 2005-06-05, 10:03
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Hey people, at the moment, i m in quite a confused and bewildered mind set. I'm in the process of doing my A levels, but i dont know wat to do with my life, i m unsure whether to go to university or to get a job and go travelling. I've always wanted to go to tibet and india etc to challenge myself and see who i really am. I dont want to spend my life ina dead end job and wasting my life without achieving much. So my main question is what did u guys/gals do after college? where are u hoping to get to/achieve?
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Old 2005-06-05, 10:28
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I always new that I wanted to go to university so my life didn't reach a fork in the road until after my studies finished in 2003. From there, I decided that I didn't want to go straight into employment for the main reason of feeling mentally drained and unable to cope with going into what was going to be (I presumed) a fairly technical job. So I took a year out, while only casually browsing for a job.

I didn't sign on at first because I would have felt like a leach if I wasn't actively seeking employment. However, after three months my money dried up and I reluctantly signed on. For the first six months I didn't really look beyond graduate websites for work but after that six months I was moved onto New Deal.

It was at this point that I really took stock of what I was going to do with myself. I'd had 9 months of sitting back and enjoying a relatively pressure free existence but I knew I had to make a decision quickly. I ended up choosing accountancy after enrolling on a graduate employment program and within two weeks I had a placement lined up. The four month work placement led to employment and here I am today, a trainee Chartered Accountant.

I would have liked to have travelled inbetween leaving university and gaining employment but financial constraints prevented me from doing so. However, after I qualify and gain my Chartered status I wouldn't mind taking another year out and possibly seeing more of the world - this time I'd have the money. It's probably just a pipedream but it would be nice to do it while I'm still young.

In terms of how I chose my profession, well there were several factors. I didn't want to leave Liverpool and so high profile jobs in science were off the agenda since there aren't that many around here. Then I consulted my cousin who also sat the same exams that I am currently studying for now. What swayed me was his explanation of the versatility of the ACA qualification in terms of the doors it could open for me.

Where am I headed? That's not so easy to answer as I could end up anywhere. I think something like one in five board members of listed companies possess the ACA qualification so that's one option. As I said, there are so many options available to me so I'm going to take stock of my career evolution roughly every five years and evaluate it then.

I would definitely recommend going to university. A well chosen degree can open so many doors and of course start you off at a higher level on the employment ladder. It also - generally - allows you to progress further up that same ladder than someone with out one. Of course, some professions are exceptions to this rule, my own being one of them (near enough every Chartered Accountant has a degree).

Another plus to university is the social aspect. I really can't state how good it is not having lectures until midday! I endured a quite intensive degree in comparison to others but even then I was only required to go in to lectures for a maximum of three or four hours per day. Sure the exams are hard (don't believe your teachers when they say A-levels are tougher, they're not), but my time at university is the biggest contributing factor as to who I am today and also one of my proudest achievements.

The important thing to remember is that, ultimately, it's your decision and everybody should accept it without putting pressure on your to take a different course of action. Good luck!
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Old 2005-06-05, 10:47
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heh, im kind of in the same position as you on this one, just a few days ago I had to make a decision on which university offer I should accept, and I decided to go in for kinesiology, and hopefully make it to med school..but before this I decided i was also really confused. and plus, its ok if you dont what you want to do, many people dont, since i remember hearing from somewhere a large % of people usually change careers throughout their life
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whats the A levels?
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It's the qualification in England for studies undertaken between the ages of 16 and 18. To gain entry to university one needs to satisfy entry conditions in terms of A-level grades.
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Old 2005-06-05, 11:08
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A University would probably be the best way to go, of course its your choice though. I went to a technical school and it didnt really open the doors, but its what I wanted to do. i am a pessimist when it comes to work. I do not believe there is a job out there, besides being a musician, that I can every enjoy going to every day for the rest of my life.
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Old 2005-06-05, 11:55
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I am going to have a similar dilemma in the next year or so...
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Old 2005-06-05, 12:34
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i plan on going to community college for two years. transfering to a state school ,essentially in name only, and studying abroad in Denmark. my only real interest is history, so i assume eventually my career will involve history. if i can get a touring band up and running before that time, that will be what i do.
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and studying abroad in Denmark.

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if i can get a touring band up and running before that time, that will be what i do.


Good luck with that, but it's just not a metal world anymore
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Not a metal world?? Bullshit, metal's at its peak.. Ozzfest is the top grossing festival, shadows fall is selling 250,000+ cd's.. im sure Lamb of God is doing just as good..

Headbangers ball is back on, fuse has several metal shows, sirius has several metal stattion, my local rock station plays extreme metal from 12:00 to 3:00 am

metal is definetly big..

Sure Death Metal isn't too popular but with all these bands with screetches and growls becoming acceptable Death Metal may finally find its spot in the mainstreem.
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Old 2005-06-05, 12:58
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my local rock station plays extreme metal from 12:00 to 3:00 am


You're lucky, all we get is a 2 hour Hair metal program every Friday

I'm just saying metal is not what it used to be, hell the big 4 were practically "popular" in the late 80's early 90's

Plus metal doesnt seem to be going in any new, interesting directions. Death metal is changing a tiny bit, but thats all. I could be proven wrong though, but I doubt it.
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Not a metal world?? Bullshit, metal's at its peak.. Ozzfest is the top grossing festival, shadows fall is selling 250,000+ cd's.. im sure Lamb of God is doing just as good..

Headbangers ball is back on, fuse has several metal shows, sirius has several metal stattion, my local rock station plays extreme metal from 12:00 to 3:00 am

Shadows fall is a hardcore band and hardcore is making the scene. Bands like unearth, atreyu, thats what companies are looking for. As far as my opinion concerns itself I dont consider hardcore metal. I think of that as a trend. Ozzfest has been the top grossing festival because alot of big bands (along the lines of slipknot) have been playing there. Lamb of God (IMO) has gone down the shitter and sold out. Headbangers ball plays shitloads of nu metal with some good stuff mixed in. And Sirius...Yes that is something that is great but other than that I see everyone getting into the trendy hardcore. Graduation by us has just happened and according to my friend there are only two death metallers left in the school.(What I mean by death metallers is death/thrash/black/true power. anything but prog/hardcore/nu) Its starting to suck major balls
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Old 2005-06-05, 14:11
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my only real interest is history, so i assume eventually my career will involve history. if i can get a touring band up and running before that time, that will be what i do.


History? Good luck with that. I also wanted to study some form of history at uni, but you really cannot find a decent job with the qualifications you get, well that's what I heard.

Mordor, didn't you say you were going to go to a Uni? If not you could always join the French Foreign Legion!

When it comes to it, I'll be in the same situation as you, but I think I've got a rough idea of what I'd like to do for uni, probably something like music production or whatever.
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Old 2005-06-05, 14:13
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Shadows Fall is far from Hardcore.. hardcore doesn't have solo's, most call them Metalcore.

Im sorry if you cant see the good in bands like Lamb of God and Shadows Fall making solo's and screaming acceptable in the mainstream.. but they're doing alot of good for Metal right now whether you like them or not.

oh, and Mastodon just got signed onto Warner Bros. Records.
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Not a metal world?? Bullshit, metal's at its peak.. Ozzfest is the top grossing festival, shadows fall is selling 250,000+ cd's.. im sure Lamb of God is doing just as good..

Headbangers ball is back on, fuse has several metal shows, sirius has several metal stattion, my local rock station plays extreme metal from 12:00 to 3:00 am

metal is definetly big..

Sure Death Metal isn't too popular but with all these bands with screetches and growls becoming acceptable Death Metal may finally find its spot in the mainstreem.


Exactly.
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Old 2005-06-05, 18:11
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yeah i know, a history degree is about as useful as a degree in english (Being an american, english class /degrees refers more towards literature and grammar).
but its the only thing i like. i dont like science, i DESPISE math, and i cant work with my hands very well

yeah, steve, UALBANY does a study abroad in copenhagen. its not much more expensive and may parents are ok with that. whether that all pans out, ill have to wait and see


as for making it big, i dont know and i dont really care. if i could just tour like suffocation and play for a few hundred metal fans and make a living off of music id rather do that.whether or not metal is the big now can be argued and i see both sides of the case. but anyways, everybodys confused in highschool and college. if guidance councellors were useful id say go to one, but in my experience you might as well ask a magic 8 ball questions
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Old 2005-06-05, 18:22
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yeah, steve, UALBANY does a study abroad in copenhagen. its not much more expensive and may parents are ok with that. whether that all pans out, ill have to wait and see



its good to have your parents approvel but does it really matter what they think?
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yeah it does. im close with my parents and they will be paying for college anyways. if they really didnt want me to, id consider not doing it
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yeah i know, a history degree is about as useful as a degree in english (Being an american, english class /degrees refers more towards literature and grammar).
but its the only thing i like. i dont like science, i DESPISE math, and i cant work with my hands very well


Exactly the same for me, apart from the hands bit. I have a friend who did a degree in Medieval Archaeology, got shitty underpaid jobs on various sites and museums for a while, hated it, and ended up working as a translator in a Government agency!

I'm looking to study Music Production on it's own at Uni:
http://www.southend.ac.uk/courses/detail.asp?c=1557

I think jobs will be much easier to come by, 'cos almost every form of media needs a sound guy behind the scenes, right?

Other than that, I don't know what I'm gonna do.
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