Career paths. I'm lost.

Hi, I'm lost, and I was wondering if you could help me.

I feel stuck in life, and I've decided that I'm going to put my life into action with as much vigor as possible.  I've decided to start with finances and education.  I've got the finances part figured out, but I have no idea on education.  

I'm twenty years old.  I went to a technical college for Information Technology and Communications Systems, and I left after a year because I was no longer interested, I don't believe I was prepared to take the educational leap (I hindered myself), and I left for a relationship.

I don't want to make that mistake again.  Being a maker, what types of possibilities are out there for career paths?  What type of education should I pursue?  How do I make sure that what seems like a great choice doesn't turn out to be a passing fad like my past venture?  

I feel as if I've wasted too much time.  I haven't been in high school for three years, and I have nothing to show for it.  I need to get this going as soon as possible.

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Kiteman6 years ago
Step one: start at the end and work backwards - decide where you want to end up, then work out how to get there.

You don't need to pick a specific job to aim for, but a field and a context.

(Bear in mind that most people do not get to follow a career that makes them happy, but the income finances whatever it is makes them happy. For instance, my father is a self-employed consultant in his field, and spends two to four months consulting, then takes time out travelling the world.)

Great advice! Who was your mentor?
I've never had one - I'm entirely self-taught, philosophically (I believe you've seen my Tao?).

Oh yes! I remember the day I read that, I really wanted to leave a better comment but I wanted to re-read it when I had a little more time. Kiteman, you amaze me! America needs a few more people that share your ideas. When you are an old man I imagine many of your students visiting you and telling you how you helped them become the people they are. You probably already have!
Meh, I just do my little bit.
When you add up those little bits over time it adds up! Thanks for your little bits!
And thank you for your kind comments.
You are welcome! Teachers who care are under appreciated in my opinion. It must be rewarding though in ways.
Flintlock (author)  Kiteman6 years ago
Aye. That's the idea. I just have no idea where I want to be.
Then do what I did at your age - go with the flow, see where you end up.

If you're wanting to return to education, pick a course that genuinely interests you, not one that promises a progressive career.

If you're passionate about the subject, and do well at it, you will, somewhere along the line, figure out a way of monetising your passion.
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