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Works sucks, university rocks

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
Ok, well I have a problem. I spent five years at a couple of different universities. I had a bloody gerat time. I didn't work too hard and I certainly wasn't an overacheiver academically but it was brilliant. The lifestyle suits me perfectly. Read a few books, do a few essays then plenty of free time to do what you want.
When I was at university I really loved my life. I worked out regularly and played ina football team. I wasn't interest in my course and enjoyed learning new things. I had plenty of friends and lots of time to sepnd with them. I had time to read. I had time to sleep. Life was good.
Then something terrible happened. I graduated. It didn't stop there though, I proceeded to get a job. My academic years, despite myself, had actually equipped me with quite a few skills, and a reasonably well paid job. It seemed like the first step towards a glorious career.
At the start I gave it my all. Ina t work all day doing my best. The months went by, and the work continued. I was working forty hours a week plus spending another 10 commuting. I would usually get home and be knackered, fit only to slump in front of the tv. I went out alot less. I worked out alot less. I saw alot less of my friends. I read alot less.
One day, after a particularly dreary day at work I had a good think about my life. I realised that my great, varied, enjoyable life that had been for the past five years was quickly disappearing. yes, I had some cash in the bank, but a new cd player doesn't mean much when you don't have time or energy to enjoy music anymore.
So then I quit. I gave them a few valid reasons and off I went. Now is where I need your advice. I really, really want to be a student again. What do you suggest? Get a loan and go for an undergraduate course? Go for a postgraduate? How could I possibly afford it? Should I give the world of work another try...maybe it is better elsewhere...right over to you I am waiting for your thoughts and advice...

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    man I hear ya.

    I've just graduated. Not lucky enough to have landed that job yet. I am working, but in a shitty "inbetweener" job. No one will hire me without experience, having a degree (unless it's in engineering or computers) means sweet F A. I am so pissed off with the whole thing. All I can see are years of drudgery stretching out b4 me.

    I did bar work to get through uni. Therefore all my friends and bf work those kinds of late night & weekend shifts. As I am working days...there are no more 4 hour lunch dates with the girls, and worst of all on my now gloriously free weekends - no one is free to do anything. I spend Saturday night sitting in by myself!!! I now only get a decent large night out once in a while. It's been a month since my last pill. Can't go out weeknights with the guys cos I have bloody stupid work in the morning. AAAAARRRRGGGGGG!!!!!


    phew. felt good to get that off my chest. soz about all the exclimation marks.

    I'm sorry I have no advice. I do admire you for just quitting. You will regret the things you don't do more than the things you do..so I think you did the right thing. Do a phd like my mate...4-6years in that and you'll be a doctor @ the end...cool. Then you can be a lecturer and have all the autonomy you want. One of my lecturers told me it's the dossiest sweetest deal.

    I just don't have the money. bugger.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Hmm thats intrestin - im just doin the second and last yr of my computinmg avce snd wondering where i will be going after. Since it won't be enough on its own to do a degree the choices open to me are:
    to finish up and look for a job in the computing industry,
    or carry on in education and do a HND computing.

    Although after what you have both said about work the HND looks a brighter option it will cost a lot of money and i can't see it standing me in much better stead of a job in te computing industry than the avce alone...

    hmm decisions decisions.

    its not illegal til u get caught <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.stopstart.fsnet.co.uk/mica/monkbum.gif">;
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Yeah Kaz,
    It is bollocks isn't it. My life is pretty cool, I'm happy and I enjoy myself...but this work thing..."Working jobs that you hate, for that shit you don't need" as Papa Roach said. I'm sure there are coll jobs out there...but jesus...is this really what normal people do five days a week...
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    wouldn't it be great if u had a mission/passion in life that could support you financially? Like art or something.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    wouldn't it be great if u had a mission/passion in life that could support you financially? Like art or something.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    i'm @ uni now, and i can c that being sooo true wen i graduate. this student life is so easy - like u said, read a few books, write a few essays, go 2 a few lectures and do fuk all the rest of the time! lol. <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.thesite.org/ubb/smile.gif">;

    "I see no vestage of a beginning, no sign of an end"
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I don't think that u should just give up work for the sake of being a student. The whole point of going to uni is to get qualifications, have a few letters after your name and to get that wicked job u were after since u were little. .... AND OF COURSE, EARNING LOADS OF MONEY!
    Student life aint all that, i'd rather have the money and a job rather than being poor and studying... AT least u don't have to take your work home with u and, of course, NO EXAMS. But i know thats the only way for me right now - its better in the long run as u earn more money after u graduate. You have to work hard to meet headlines, do your own housework etc and carry a job 16 hrs a week at the same time. And not just that, theres the scrimping and saving and buying economy brands at the supermark and being really skint (even with the job) Going to lectures are bloody boring,: i fall alsleep half the time.
    If u want to do a post graduate course, then its fine. But don't do a course for the sake of doing it.... EVENTUALLY, no mattter how much u study, REMEMBER WHAT THE WHOLE POINT OF IT! Even if u do a PHD then u will have to get another job one day....and even may find the love of your life, get married and start a family.... all of which needs someone with a good career. Even though men don't have a biological clock, do u want to be a sad 50 year old on your own and with no proper job?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    WTF are you on about con4rob5, the whole reason I went to uni was because I had experience of work before I went to uni, and no the better job wasn't the only reason I went to uni, it was the smaller of the two reasons, I went to uni to stay out of the working world as long as possible. I took a degree in Engineering, bit stupid considering that engineering is one of the hardest courses to do. I'm lucky, I'm in my work placment year abroad in switzerland, the work is still boring and crap so I live for the weekends partying and snowboarding but I don't think I'd even do that in the uk, I think it would be come in watch tv and sleep. In the long run you need something to occupy your life but it shouldn't be so damn hard and take up 50hrs a week of your life!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Sorry really old message, on the wrong end of the mail.
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