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What should I do with my life?

Asked by ItalianPrincess1217 (11910points) April 29th, 2010 from iPhone

I never attended college. I couldn’t ever afford it and my parents couldn’t help finanially at all either. I moved out right after high school graduation and I’ve been on my own ever since. I now live with my fiancĂ© and am working part time. I’m getting married in 3 months and I’m feeling a little lost. I’m very happy to start married life of course. But I want to have my own career also.

I’m unsure of what I want to do as far as a career goes. So I thought maybe my fellow fluther friends might be able to suggest a few things. I really enjoy planning and organzing. Whether it’s something big (a wedding), a vacation, or a small dinner. I am very creative and always have new ideas. I don’t mind paperwork. I can be left in charge and handle stress well. I also love writing, and I’m especially good at poetry (although I see no future in that). I also love being my own boss (but who doesn’t).

Some things I dislike…math. Basic math is fine. But I would never do anything that was centered around it. Also, kids. Don’t get me wrong, I love kids. But I worked in a daycare for years and I’d rather not be surrounded by 15 screaming, green boogered, throwing up, pooping their pants, kids again. So I guess that means no teaching for me.

Based on my likes and dislikes, what kind of career should I check into. I’m willing to go back to school for a few years. I just need some direction in my life. Any advice?

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CMaz's avatar

What do you like to do? You have not given enough information. :-)

ItalianPrincess1217's avatar

@ChazMaz I gave examples of things I enjoy. I just don’t know what kind of career would match my skills.

Fly's avatar

Perhaps an event planner? You could “be your own boss” and plan all sorts of events, like you mentioned in the details.

Jill_E's avatar

Travel agency. Help travelers plan vacations.

I would probably suggest you can think much more about it after you get married. Planning a wedding is one of life’s top five major stresses I read somewhere. Plenty of time.

Warmest congrats on getting married in a few months.

ItalianPrincess1217's avatar

@Fly That could be a definite possibility. But I worry that my area has no calling for that type of thing.

lsk123's avatar

Lie down on the beach and enjoy the sky.

CMaz's avatar

Be a Model. Those are great legs. :-)

ItalianPrincess1217's avatar

@Jill_E Thank you! Very true. I’m sure no big decisions will be made until after the wedding.

pinkgirl02's avatar

Wedding planner, you said you are getting married so, you will know that it takes alot to prepare, that way you get to help out stressed brides to be and get creative.

mary84's avatar

What do you do in your spare time? Your choice of career should, ultimately, be based on something you love, or at least really like, doing. Based on what you wrote, event planner or journalist?

ItalianPrincess1217's avatar

@mary84 In my spare time I’m always planning something new. If a birthday party is coming up, I plan it. If Christmas is coming up, I make sure the food is all taken care of and that the activities are planned out so everyone has a fun time. I’m always printing out check lists and to-do lists, handmaking invitations, birthday and holiday cards, etc.

KatawaGrey's avatar

What about catering? That’s about planning and you could definitely be your own boss. also, from what I understand, caterers make a good amount of money. You could also work out of your home if you needed to.

ItalianPrincess1217's avatar

@KatawaGrey Ooo I like that idea too!

The_Idler's avatar

admin, middle-management.

If you have no qualifications, you join the office at the bottom rung.
But if you are friendly and effective, you will progress.

BoBo1946's avatar

If I were a young person again, would “go green!” Going to be lots of jobs in this field and lots of opportunities!

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gailcalled's avatar

General Event Planner.

YARNLADY's avatar

Tour guide

BoBo1946's avatar

@gailcalled yeah, those people make big bucks and it certainly fits her skills! Have a friend that does that…if you are good at it, the money can gets real interesting! This guy lived down the street from me then, he is now in Seattle…he was our event planner for our coliseum and was really good at it!

Haleth's avatar

It’s hard to figure out what you want to do by asking a big sweeping question like this. I have a job I love now, but getting here was definitely not a straight line. I switched college majors from art to business and worked at a lot of different jobs before deciding on this one.

What I’d recommend is that you start working part time and taking a few classes in anything that seems interesting to you. Hearing about a job or major won’t help you decide as much as trying them out for yourself. As long as you can support yourself, you don’t have to figure out what you want to do with your life right away.

From your interests, I could kind of see you working at a non-profit, maybe coordinating all the activities and writing grants. You could probably get into this through volunteering, which would be a foot in the door to a paid position.

ItalianPrincess1217's avatar

@Haleth GA and great suggestions

PandoraBoxx's avatar

Project Management—PMP certification

Haleth's avatar

@PandoraBoxx My boyfriend just completed the PMP certification. He studied his ass off for weeks and spent ages documenting everything, like the hours he had spent managing projects. He says that the average pay for someone with a PMP is around $90,000 a year and that it opens a lot of doors- you can really be taken seriously if you have one.

thriftymaid's avatar

Work and go to school in the evenings.

gorgeousgal3's avatar

Make up artist, massage therapist, or bartender

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