now what to do?
any career ideas?
now what to do?
any career ideas?
How about an astonaut?
perhaps a world leader of some sort?
or better still, a dictator...
i agree with prawn... take a year off to travel. it will be the best experience of your life.
while you're away you might have a clearer head and you'll work out what to do then
while you're doing that you'll have the greatest time of your life
best time to do it is now... once you have a job/house/wife/kids/etc etc etc you wont have the same opportunities as you do now.
but that said, working out what you want to do is probably the hardest thing you'll do... i STILL have no idea what i want to do!
Mmmm travelling would be good, but I was thinking of either going to uni or work full time and buy a house
If you go to uni straight away that means another 3 - 5 years of study with no break. Sure its a different lifestyle, but after 4 yrs at uni im ready to leave, and i had a year off. So many of other mates who didnt have a year off, had to take one in the middle of their degree's because they lacked motivation.
Pick a destination, pack up the car, go for a road trip and then find a job to cover your partying costs. The life experience outweighs any study or a years worth of a mortgage.
when you finish your HSC you sort of feel like "ok that was probably as much as i'm going to need to study... if thats 100% effort then uni will be a bit of a breeze".... not true... uni is COMPLETELY different to school - no spoon feeding, no attendence, no one cares whether you pass or fail, lecturers dont care if you dont understand and wont spend time explaining anything... they wont hold your hand... and then you get a mini HSC every 12 weeks!
its a completely different ball game
like prawn said - if you dont take the time off in six months to a year you'll be WISHING you had
you probably feel like you have no time to take a year off, but trust me, you've got all the time in the world
I think there will be a long night of partying ahead, just won 1000 dollars from putting 20bucks in the pokies
Where's the gold?
I'm going to be a contrarian here and say that Uni was the best years of my life. We had one continual party, and I made many life long friends, and met my husband there too. Travel is my passion, and I have managed to fit that in during Uni, post-Uni and so on. I guess things have changed a little since my time and a gap year seems more the norm. I did manage to pass all of my exams as well.
Go travelling overseas with out question .. ! Even if you have to borrow the money ..
a) To early to start uni you need a break ..
b) If you start working to buy a house you will never get the opportunity again to go travelling with your mates .. they will be married you wont be able to escape work / morgage etc etc ..
Get three mates together and head overseas backpacking as long as you can is my advise !
Best advice I can offer is that whatever it is, if you want to do it and are able to then do it NOW. You don't have to get too old (25 will probably be enough...) before the "lost opportunities" start mounting up and what seemed easy has become impossible.
There are exceptions of course, but studying in your 30's doesn't work that well for most people if they've gone down the job - house - partner - kids - nice car track which most do at least to some extent.
And nor does it work to plan that overseas trip, or even just go out on the town on Saturday night in your own city, only to find that ALL your mates have been there, done that years ago and are over it.
As for choice of career: You will spend more time at work than anywhere else over the next 35 or so years. Do something you enjoy doing - don't choose a career due to status or income otherwise you'll end up (1) miserable and (2) not as wealthy as you expected anyway because you'll blow the lot trying to overcome point (1).
And on the subject of money, I'd say that 99.99% of people do something between the ages of 18 - 25 that they live to regret financially. Many blow it all on cars and booze. The "smart" ones that don't do that end up over-leveraging some investment and blowing their hard saved funds that way instead.
My opinion is have lots of fun now but make sure you do actually start uni, apprenticeship or whatever before you're 21.
Me? Well I didn't go to uni but I did get stuck into all the "serious" aspects of life straight out of school - job etc. Looking back, my life would be no different now if I'd had a lot more fun back then instead. That I didn't was, in hindsight, a complete waste no matter how sensible it seemed at the time. Funny thing is, those who did the opposite wish they'd done what I did...