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Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
help! i am in my twenties and have no idea what i want to do as a career! i got good a level results but didnt want to go to uni - and now working in an office - admin and so bored! ive had loads of jobs as i just get bored and move on - i hate working in an office but dont want to go back to full time study and have no money and be nearly 30 looking for a new career when i finish a degree! i know i could get a degree but most of my friends have degrees and are doing the same job as me and dont know what they want to do either! im sick of going to the careers office - all they tell you is to go to uni! any ideas anybody on a job you can do and train at the same time? im really fed up but i know a lot of people who feel the same!


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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Your careers office isn't being very helpful if that's all they suggest - try calling the main number and see if you can try another office, or a different advisor...
    Careers Services National Association
    Careers centres differ around the country in which services they provide to people. Depending on which company is in charge of your area, The advice may be free to everyone or restricted to certain groups of people.
    Telephone: 01926 318255

    You could consider a vocational evening class, or perhaps starting your own business. Try LIVEwire or the Prices Trust:

    LiveWIRE can provide information, advice and support to young people who are thinking of starting their own business, and to those already established in business.
    Telephone: 08457 573252

    Prince's Trust
    Helps people to start their own business. They must be disadvantaged e.g. through unemployment, family circumstances, lack of education, and be unable to raise all the money they need elsewhere.Provides loans, grants and advice to would-be entrepreneur.
    Telephone: 0800 842842

    We have some useful articles on this site, including What's your perfect job?

    For more look at our careers infoand careers magazinesections.

    Failing that you could try open university <IMG SRC="wink.gif" border="0" ALT="icon"> ...where you can study at your own pace, while moving into a career you want to do.
    Open University
    Offers further education to adults.
    Telephone: 01908 653231
    Web: www.open.ac.uk

    Good Luck
    Susie <IMG SRC="smile.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    thank you - i have checked out the open university website - something i have never really considered! will try to seek better advice from the national careers centre as you recommended!! my local careers centre is Carlisle, Cumbria if your'e interested! They are known for being pretty useless - if you know what you want to do - great! - but if you dont they really dont offer any help.
    But thanks again i will check out your advice! <IMG SRC="rolleyes.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Hey dont sweat it, When I left school I had a handful of gcse C's and had no idea what I wanted to do/be, except Leave education that was for sure!

    I have done ceramic tiling, site labouring, drylining, marine engineering (inland water ways)temping (chicken factorys and stuff <IMG SRC="frown.gif" border="0" ALT="icon"> )
    Power tool repairs, Swimming pool plant operator (is good job) and rolled into that was building maintance. and now at 24 I do the building maintance for Vodafone.

    There are other bits and bobs too, but thease are the notable ones.

    It has taken 8 years for me to find a job I want to do and I have tried allsorts and moved all over the country!

    You got good grades (better than me) so look around try somthing, if it dosent plan out look for somthing else. Experiance is what you will gain thats for sure!

    As I stand I am a qualified
    Pool Plant operator =earns from £15,000 up
    Life guard =earns £5.00 ph (tops up above nicly)
    Football stuward= £7.00ph (not just for footie)
    Tiler earns by the meter! £5-30 per meter
    Marine engineering earns (as a banksmen I earned £250 per week)
    Power tools repair for a hire firm I earned £14,300
    Maintance techs as a trade can work for locall counicil, and any larger firm earn any where from £15,000 to £28,000 for elecies and supervisiors. Building maintance is a up and comming right now with many firms now leasing the builing from retail/bussiness parks and the parks owners offering the maintance in the rent.

    Ok it not 4 everyone but I looked around and this is where I ended up.

    Like I say I didnt know what I wanted and I'm now 24 and have only been in the job I want 10 months now!
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by boredshitless:
    <STRONG>i hate working in an office, any ideas anybody on a job you can do and train at the same time?</STRONG>

    Armed Forces; outdoor work, on the job training, any and all qualifications accepted, sounds perfect for you!
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