What do I want to be when I "grow up"?
February 13, 2006 2:43 PM Subscribe
Help me decide my future.
posted by weirdoactor to work & money (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm at a cross-road career-wise. I've been contracting/temping for about the last ten years, after about ten years in retail. I did not graduate from high school (no problem with the work, had severe social/emotional problems), but I have my GED, and I went to community college for a year or so, but only studied theatre, with good grades.
I'm great at your standard administrative work, and the associated software. I'm not a terribly fast typist (around 40 wpm), but I'm accurate. I rock at research, data entry/mining, logistics, organization, and problem solving.
I'm really good at figuring out shortcuts/tricks/more efficient methods of completing difficult tasks. I'm also good at tasks involving any level of artistic ability or creativity.
It's time for me to realize that I'm not going to make a living from acting any time soon. Maybe someday. For now I need to dedicate myself to building a solid career, so that I have a stable platform from which to explore artistic possibilities.
I'm interested in IT careers, working with film/video, and forensic accounting.
An IT career isn't far from what I'm doing now, maintaining (adding, modifying, and deleting contact entries) an SQL relational database management system. I'm detail oriented and not afraid of computers. I'm also good at trouble-shooting and tinkering.`
Film and video would require a bit of formal training. I have worked on my own with video editing software; helping a friend who is a film student on some projects. She says I have a good eye, and am a natural editor.
Forensic accounting would require six years of school, so it's probably out. I'll be 35 this April, so while I want a steady career that pays my bills, I don't want to wait until I'm 40 to start. As for my personal situation; I'm unmarried, but in a long-term co-habitation/relationship with a wonderful, supportive woman.
What are my options? I think the IT track is my best bet. I just don’t know quite how to proceed, and what courses to take. I'm heard mixed reviews of the MSCE track. Maybe I should learn PhotoShop, Java, Shockwave, Flash, HTML and C+, and get into web design? Or SQL, and try to get into archive/database design? I have no clue. Help!