fuckkk.. help please! Whats yours stoner fall back job/career?

Discussion in 'General' started by Organika_, May 27, 2009.

  1. so i have to sign up for my placement test for college since ill be graduating in like 3 weeks.. and i still have no idea what i wanna do with my life

    only problem is.. well a few factors

    see my moms on a tight budget since my dad passed so she puts a lot of pressure on me n my brother not to waste money n learn to take things for granted n shit..

    and im a smart kid and all, i just have no idea what i wanna do with my life yet..

    see my brother is 1 class away from graduating his 2 year at a local college (the same one ill be going to), and hes graduating with a basic Liberal Arts degree..

    and my mom sat me down specifically told me not to waste time and money just doing what my brother did just because the USA (my country) is fucked right now and lately is so unreliable that i should just learn a specific trade like plumbing or heating and cooling (hey everybodys gotta shower, eat and shit.. right?) but i have no idea what to do..

    im under a specific time limit to choose from a million, yet limited options for what i want my mom to spend thousands of dollars on.. and i just gotta hope i do it right n make it worth it..

    sooooo my question is (Thank you if you read this far this shits boring ikkkkkkk but im just stressed the FUCK out)

    what are some of your stoner job/careers that you think are good to get an education towards and that are in need of people in the field?
  2. just take a tech program like automotive, hvac, or welding

    your done in a year or 2 and you get certified in a field only a number of people can work in
  3. Sorry bro. I'm considering a vocation change at this time so I'm about as clueless as you. My advice honestly is to take a year off, work somewhere, and figure shit out. I went to college with no clue what I REALLY wanted to do and ended up wasting a bunch of time/money as I had no clue what I wanted to do and what I also happened to be able to do. I would have loved to have been a physicist or an astronomer, but I suck balls at math :p.
  4. get certified in some programming or computer stuff. you'll always have an IT job waiting for you
  5. Not true. My buddy graduated with a Web Communications degree. 4 year bachelor's. He spent 10 months trying to get a gig in Atlanta before he finally found a gig in St. Louis. IT and Web shit is dead right now because there was such an influx when my generation was coming into college. because at this time the .com business was flourishing and not many people had gone into computers yet.
  6. I'd suggest doing something your passionate about. Otherwise when you graduate, you'll end up hating your career. Trust me on this...

  7. Thats what i tried talking to my mom about.. but she gave me this whole yelling lecutre on how it will be a "fall back" type or career incase the dreams dont work out.. ya know?

    but yeah thats why this is so frustrating.. my mom is such a contradicting hypocrit with a lot of things..

    tells me not to do what my brother did but when i suggest taking a year or even ONE semester off she flips out... i mean she said shell lose a bunch of aiding she gets like money wise from the MAN but it just sucks..
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  9. idk about that. several teachers at my high school smoke weed.
  10. If you have the option to get a four-year degree, get one. You'll have to go into general studies anyway, so take some classes that interest you. If you want to play it safe, choose a career track degree - engineering, business, social work, IT, etc.

    If you'd like to have a little more fun, consider either double-majoring with one major a personal interest area and the other one of the practical degrees or choosing a practical major and a fun minor. Colleges are stressing that their students get a well-rounded education, so there will be a lot of institutional support for spreading your degree over multiple programs.

    Getting a trade from a community college is not nearly as safe an option as some make it sound. There's an equally competitive market for the trades right now and this recession won't last forever. Unless you get lucky, your income will tap out at a lower level than someone with a bachelor's degree, especially if you work for a company.

    You might do better going into business for yourself with a trade, but self-employment is a hard road. Jobs are not guaranteed and there are no unemployment checks for the self-employed. There are huge benefits, but you have to work a lot harder than someone that earns a paycheck from someone else. Ask yourself if you are willing and able to be your own bookkeeper, contract negotiator and benefits manager.

    Because four-year degrees have become a gatekeeper for many professional jobs, it's a lot easier to switch careers if you have a B.A. or B.S. It's also a good step if you find yourself in a position later on in life where you want or need an advanced degree - i.e. you get promoted as a manager and need to get an M.B.A. to advance or become a lab technician and realize that you need an M.S. or Ph.D. to advance. That provides opportunities for career change that you won't get as a plumber.

    As a first step, take those Meyer-Briggs and other vocational aptitude exams. They tend to be scarily accurate. Consider your financial aid options if you want to go to a four-year university. Community college for two years to get a pre-college certification or attendance in an in-state public school can make a lot of financial sense. Just keep in mind that you will, socially, miss a lot if you out those first two years. Life in the dorms has its drawbacks, but studies show that people who form those bonds in the first two years tend to do much better academically than those who don't.

    If you do have to go into debt, keep the amount as low as you can and explore the income-based and public service forgiveness options. You don't ever want to borrow the maximum that they give you. Plan to work a second job, but try to get a work study position on campus, if you can.

    And remember, your mom grew up in a vastly different world than you are in now. Her experience prepared her for a time that does not exist anymore. You're going to have to figure out how to live in this economy on your own. And as someone whose parents worked in factories and now has an advanced degree, I can tell you that the quality of life does improve when you move up the educational ladder.

    Plus, college is fun. You'll meet a lot of cool people, get introduced to some new stuff and come out of the experience a different person. There's nothing wrong with community college, but it's a totally different experience and environment.
  11. There are a ton of stoner teachers. I've been one myself. This is exponentially true for community college and university instructors and professors. Higher education is massively weed friendly, from the students on up.

    Just don't get busted smoking in the dorms. Despite the general tolerance, the least cool people around are the T.A.s and campus cops.
  12. Also worth considering, a lot of the technical fields do a ton of drug testing. If you work for a company where you are doing manual labor, driving a truck or otherwise operating machinery, you are going to be facing spot tests, tests after someone else gets into an accident and the possibility of getting in serious shit if something goes wrong and you happen to have shit in your system. Even if you are self-employed, you may have to pay out of your own pocket to test yourself for insurance and licensing.

    This is much less true in professional fields. Unless you go into law enforcement, there's a good chance that you'll either have a single drug test when hired or no drug testing at all.

    Weed friendly career tracks include:

    State government (most positions don't test, but it's also probably not going to be a tolerant atmosphere so you'll have to keep it on the downlow)

    Biology (massively stoner friendly field)

    Academics (graduate school is and has always been a weed fest)

    Computer Science

    Any soft social science or the humanities (stoner anthropologist is an oxymoron)

    As a general rule, be practical but realistic. Times are tough, but no one knows what's going to happen next. There are no safe paths, so choose the one you like the best and make of it what you can.

    And it's a lot easier to switch directions in a university than it is in a trade school. A biology major and an English major have the same general college prerequisites and can go in a different direction with a few summers in school and an extra semester or two up until the junior year. If you are a year-and-half into HVAC certification and realize you hate it, you are pretty much screwed.
  13. Join the air force/navy/coast guard. Sure you cant smoke for 4-6 years but you will be set with some money in the bank and a trade to continue your life after you get out.
  14. eh, i'm getting a degree in business management, mostly because i want to have a restaurant, but also because i can use that degree to "fall back on" any kinda job...
  15. i would do porn. hell yeah
  16. porn FTW..

    but thanks everyone seriously.. idk still lots of thinking to do..

    and the idea of marines/army/navy/ that shit is exciting, but in no way do i want to give my life away.. fuck that
  17. chemical engineers. needed in every sector of industry.
  18. Take a year off, find a decent job, and work for a year. Save up and try and help your family get on their feet a bit more. Social workers, government jobs, teachers, police, and pre-med degrees are pretty stable. Major in a stable field and minor in a field you want to get into.
  19. nursing. im pretty sure you can get your LPN in 2 years, and there will always, always be job openings for nurses

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