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What field of study/job path would you recommend? #4547104
10/18/17 10:46 AM
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Hey everyone, looking for some input on this. Family member of mine has been jumping around as far as what he wants to study in college and what he ultimately wants to end up doing as a career. Not looking to tell him what to do by any means, he simply asked me what would be a good field of study based on his interests that he may not be thinking of, and something that could easily turn into a job. I've tried my best, but I can't seem to come up with anything other then the basics for what he likes to do. I'll give you a little background - He's 20, currently works for a national cell phone carrier as a sales rep. He's pretty decent with sales for his age, loves talking to customers, and does like the technology side of it, although it isn't something he's overly passionate about. He does, however, have a huge love for cars. Their basically his hobby 100% of the time if he's not working. He's got the basics down as far as maintenance, but he's not overly knowledgeable as far as major repair goes at this point. He also loves the customization side of things, whether it be paint, wheels, sound systems, tint, etc. (You get the idea). He's indecisive as far as going into something like auto mechanics or auto body, which is somewhat making me think that it wouldn't be a great choice for him (Maybe I'm wrong). Anyways, what would y'all suggest for him to look into? I'm running out of ideas. TIA!


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Re: What field of study/job path would you recommend? [Re: renegade_987] #4547108
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Military. Tons of great fields that transfer over to the civilian world paying very good $$$$.

Re: What field of study/job path would you recommend? [Re: renegade_987] #4547113
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Re: What field of study/job path would you recommend? [Re: Mr Nice] #4547118
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Originally Posted By: Mr Nice
Military


Should have mentioned, due to asthma I don't believe he is military eligible, correct me if I'm wrong!


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Re: What field of study/job path would you recommend? [Re: Mr Nice] #4547122
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Originally Posted By: Mr Nice
Military


Just having turned 30, attended college but yet to finish a degree, and now having 10 years with a company I was never passionate about, I fully support a 20 yr old enlisting in the military; Air Force specifically. If only I had my 20 year old knees right about now, I'd be finishing up BMT and off to tech school in a maintenance related field.


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Re: What field of study/job path would you recommend? [Re: renegade_987] #4547125
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Originally Posted By: renegade_987
Originally Posted By: Mr Nice
Military


Should have mentioned, due to asthma I don't believe he is military eligible, correct me if I'm wrong!


Check with a recruiter, as Asthma is no longer an automatic disqualifer, but I am not sure to what degree they are approving waivers.


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Re: What field of study/job path would you recommend? [Re: Dumc87] #4547128
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Originally Posted By: Dumc87
Just having turned 30, attended college but yet to finish a degree, and now having 10 years with a company I was never passionate about, I fully support a 20 yr old enlisting in the military; Air Force specifically. If only I had my 20 year old knees right about now, I'd be finishing up BMT and off to tech school in a maintenance related field.


You can still sign up since the maximum age to join has been raised.

https://www.stripes.com/news/air-force/air-force-raises-enlistee-age-limit-from-27-to-39-1.290578

You're still young at 30. Losing weight can help with knee pain.

Re: What field of study/job path would you recommend? [Re: renegade_987] #4547129
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ON, Canada eh?
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Learn a trade or Computer programming especially C language.

That said I'm in sales, I make a good money and I'm at a point in my career that employers are chasing me on linked-in.

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Re: What field of study/job path would you recommend? [Re: renegade_987] #4547132
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Quote:
He does, however, have a huge love for cars. Their basically his hobby 100% of the time if he's not working. He's got the basics down as far as maintenance, but he's not overly knowledgeable as far as major repair goes at this point.


Sounds like he would do very well repairing cars.

Re: What field of study/job path would you recommend? [Re: renegade_987] #4547139
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Try mechanical engineering if he has the math/science aptitude. Goes well in the field of automobiles etc.
Get a job as a mechanic while he works his way through college.


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Re: What field of study/job path would you recommend? [Re: renegade_987] #4547141
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Originally Posted By: renegade_987
Hey everyone, looking for some input on this.


Being a mechanic can be a grind, dirty, injury prone etc. I would have him get a 2 year associates degree in electronics. Then use that towards repairing hospital equipment/machines for GE Healthcare or one of their rivals. Then he can make good money as a field service/technician with benefits.

Re: What field of study/job path would you recommend? [Re: renegade_987] #4547145
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Oilfield for sure

Re: What field of study/job path would you recommend? [Re: renegade_987] #4547149
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My wife is a Dental Hygienist. She makes nearly double what I do hourly and only works 3 days a week in a beautiful office. I highly recommend looking into it if you're comfortable with the human mouth. In our area an hourly wage of $35-40/hr is typical. Only downside is that few offices will offer benefits, if you go with a corporate location they'll typically have some kind of benefits package.


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Re: What field of study/job path would you recommend? [Re: Iowegian] #4547150
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Originally Posted By: Iowegian
Try mechanical engineering if he has the math/science aptitude. Goes well in the field of automobiles etc...


If school is an option, I agree. Engineering is a good background for a lot of jobs.


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Re: What field of study/job path would you recommend? [Re: renegade_987] #4547168
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I should add, he does have 2 or 3 semesters of auto & diesel mechanics classes done, with a multitude of tools


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