Please give me advice on what I can do to give myself a satisfying future.
July 21, 2006 5:10 PM Subscribe
Input needed on what I should do with my future, immediately (next 5 weeks) and distantly (4 years)? (Long)
posted by mhuckaba to Work & Money (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Currently I'm going to a college for Computer Science, in Florida, if that matters. I'm in my 4th year (I'm 22), and I stand to graduate in at least another 4 or 5 semesters. I have a very bad GPA. And I really hate what we're doing now. I have about $20,000 worth of student loan debt.
I also work at a large corporation in their IT department, making 10/h, about 24 hours a week. I like this job because of the people, and I have ALOT of free time throughout the day (we're talking I'm there from 8-5, I get about 1-2 hours of work a day). However, this job has no upward mobility.
I'm not very good at studying computer science related material. I don't study very hard in math. As a result, my grades are bad. Truthfully, I don't even care about my classes anymore, I just take them because the only other option is to... not take classes. I don't like where I am going. I don't want to take an easy out and get an IT degree and become some tech support guy, work on networks, etc. What I liked about CS was that I could create. You can take pure knowledge and turn it into something meaningful (personally & $$$), for essentially no cost (except electricity and a computer, I guess). Essentially, its the closest thing to magic, in my mind. Except it takes forever to do anything meaningful. And we're not learning the necessary skills to do anything meaningful in school, as I'm sure many CS people can relate to.
Here is where you come in:
What should I do?
As I stated, I love to create things. I love cooking, I garden, and I'd like to get into carpentry if I had more space and tools than my small college apartment allows for. BUT, in general, none of these make much money. I don't want to cook professionally, having read "Kitchen Confedential". I don't want to landscape, or make furniture for a living.
Here are two options I have pondered:
Working full time next semester at my current job, and finding a second job (pondering Panera Bread position as a night baker). Also, try to find some other money making opportunity I can do at work with my massive amounts of free time in front of a computer. Make money, pay off my debt, save and eventually use my money to invest in something, be it real estate or whatever.
I'm also pondering switching to business administration immediately and continuing going to school around my work schedule. I like making decisions on how to alocate resources, making risk/reward decisions, budgeting time vs money. I don't know what I would do with this, though, and I'd probably be in for another 2 years of school.
Where I would like to see myself in 10 years:
Happily self employed, with little to no debt except perhaps a loan on a house. I don't want to be slaving under some chef's command, learning new IT trends every year, or be living paycheck to paycheck.
Advice? Experience? Ideas for things I can do at work (not freelance programming) to make money on the side?