going to start college and picking a major.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Since my knee and foot injury it has become quite clear that I will not be able to go back to the work I had orginally done BEFORE my twins were born. I was a tractor trailer driver which requires both feet and unloading and loading a truck. Which now I am obviously not able to do. So my husband told me I should go to college and get a degree and we would work out the details of what happens when he has court and i have school. Well now I am sitting here trying to figure out where to take the SATs (at the age of 24) and how do i pick a major. I went to a tech school when I was 19 and did not finish because of the lack of outcome for so many people who went there and that is when i got my CDL. Well the economy tanked and the newbie (me) was laid off...not once....not twice....three times. So that is when I got pregnant with the twins and was not allowed to go back to work until after they were born. By that time it was just better i stayed home and he was the bread winner. Now I am 24 years old and looking into colleges and majors but I do not want to end up like so many of my friends for high school who have majors and can not find a job. I was looking into radiology. It would be 20 months and plenty of schools near my have programs for it and I would be the first person in my family to complete college. It is coming a long way from being a 16 year old mom who was busting her butt to graduate high school on time while working 2 jobs. I am quite scared and honestly have no idea where to even begin the process of filing out college applications or how to take my SAT. I just know that with 2 incomes we will be better off and be able to pay off our home quicker since we are already living off of one salary. Two would me my salary could pay off my student loan and put more money down on our home. Any tips for me ????
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  • JPEARL127
    Bravo to you for making such a life-changing decision!

    The best career advice I ever heard was something like this:
    1--Figure out what you love to do and what you do well
    2--Study or work to become the best you can be at what it is that you love
    3--Find someone who will hire you to do what you love and do best
    4--Every day you will be going to FUN instead of going to WORK!!!!

    As to the SAT's go to your local library and check out one of the SAT study guide/ test book. It will give you samples of what to expect on the test. Don't let this book scare you off--it is thick and will look back to things you learned in high school.

    As to choosing the "right" career--that needs to be based on what you like to do so that you can be happy in your job. Use a computer to look up what personality traits you need for jobs you are interested and also what the demand is. Right now the "hot" job is Occupational Therapy, but if your personality isn't suited to it you won't be happy. If you aren't happy, no amount of pay is going to make you happy. Happiness comes from your sense of making a difference in the world!
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