Are you in the industry you wanted to be in in high school?

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I left school wanting to be a teacher, but got so heavily into the coffee industry whilst I was studying, it was a full 2 years after I finished my masters that I started teaching. I taught for 3 years, and I'm now back in the coffee industry, albeit in another country
 

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No.

Got to Year 12 and really didn't have much of an idea what I wanted to do.

Had an interest in Economics and to a lesser extent Architecture but didn't have the ENTER for either. I managed to scrape in to a Bachelor of Business degree out at Swinburne Lilydale, and scraped through that with a pass average. There was an expectation from School and parentals that I would go to University, so spent/wasted 5 years there.

Worked at a service station which was good/easy money but involved a lot of Friday and Saturday nights so the old social life took a bit of a hit. Just as I was finishing uni and angling for a move into head office, the business was sold to 7-Eleven and we all got the flick.

After a few years working an entry-level bookkeeping job, decided to throw my lot in with Mum and Dad and got into the hospitality game which is where I am now. If I am honest it was probably a mistake. We're looking to sell up and move on next year so I'm pretty much counting down the weeks until then.

After that, I know I want to work for myself and by myself. From there I don't have a good handle on what I want to do.
 

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I really had no idea what industry I wanted to be in when I was in high school. I changed ideas for careers every few months, like being a cop or lawyer or musician or dancer.

I've somehow ended up in a field that a lot of high school students want to get into - aviation. And it blows. It's a shitty shitty industry
 

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I had no idea what I wanted to do in high school. Except wicket keep for Australia. Problem was I wasn't very good, and I was 16 before I realised that I wasn't that good, and that I wasn't going to suddenly break-out as a cricketer and be discovered.

Apart from that I was a lazy, disruptive, smart-arsed student.

Went to uni, cos it seemed the expectation at school... especially when you didn't really know what you wanted to do, and weren't interested in working yet. I tried two different degrees that, had I have obtained, would've been a waste of time, and I would've been awful in those jobs... and I ended up with an Arts degree with very generalist majors.

Unemployed for a year out of uni (aside from some casual shit that, knowing what I know now, were such illegal conditions, but I was desperate), I ended up lucking my way into a government grad program. Which meant moving away from my family and friends, having to grow up fast to try and succeed in what was my first "real" job. ******* haaaated the job too. But it did lead me to another couple of jobs in industrial relations. And that's where I thought I was meant to be. In some ways I still feel like that's where I was meant to be. But it was long hours, it was stressful, it was crap work/life balance, it was shitty pay and in the last of the industrial relations jobs I did I worked for a ******* piece of shit (I've told that story here somewhere, I'm sure..) I pushed on, thinking I was still just being lazy... until I didn't. I got to a point where my temper, my mental health and my boss just got to me, and I got to my wit's end and flipped out. In the space of 24 hours I went from deciding to work through it to quitting, and burning those bridges to the ******* ground - I told my boss what a campaigner he was, I flipped a table, and I essentially extorted a separation payment from them to keep their secrets. Good things about that job were that it got me established in Melbourne, and it taught me to be much less tolerant of shit that you wouldn't accept in any other walk of life.

Then I ended up back in government, but in a slightly better job. Yeah, I do a lot of shit, I feel undervalued most of the time, I feel bored a lot of the time, and the machinations of public sector drives me crazy - but I get to write, sometimes I get to be creative, I get paid well, and I'm usually home by 5.30pm


I guess the reason for the long story is that it doesn't always matter what you wanted to be, or even if you had no idea what you want to be. While my story isn't representative, it is proof that sometimes, if you're persistent and if you focus on what you're good at, shit sometimes just works itself out.
 
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I really had no idea what industry I wanted to be in when I was in high school. I changed ideas for careers every few months, like being a cop or lawyer or musician or dancer.

I've somehow ended up in a field that a lot of high school students want to get into - aviation. And it blows. It's a shitty shitty industry
Can u explain why?
 

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I wanted to be a professional fighter. I was well on my way when I got hit with Crohns Disease. Put me in and out of hospital for about 6 years due to useless doctors who don't know a ******* thing about it. Pretty well cured myself with diet & cannabis - but unfortunately by that stage I was too old to start fighting.

I still train and work with fighters - but I'll always be miserable that I never got to fight for a living.
 

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Can u explain why?
It's a boys club managed by men that failed at doing operational jobs (i.e. failed pilots/atcs/airforce) that's drastically changed from a world-leader in safe skies, innovation, technology and equality, to one where the industry leaders are pushing for massive profits and putting their mates in cushy jobs at the expense of safety, and pay & benefits to the actual workers. Every aspect of the industry is understaffed, but they'd rather push their employees to breaking point, rather than spend a bit more on wages.
 

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In year 12 at the moment, really set on doing Civil Engineering. Did it for work experience and I loved it, but my biggest fear is getting into it and hating it. Reading a lot of the comments on here I can't help but I feel I might just be on this thread in 10 years time saying the same thing. I love city building video games and so i am hoping to someday get into a town planning position.
There's several different subcategories of civil engineering that all vary fairly wildly in what you do, whether you're office or site based, and how many hours you need to work. It really depends what aspect of civil engineering you're most interested in (design, project management, compliance etc.) and how high you want to set your sights.

If I may, what was your work experience role?
 

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There's several different subcategories of civil engineering that all vary fairly wildly in what you do, whether you're office or site based, and how many hours you need to work. It really depends what aspect of civil engineering you're most interested in (design, project management, compliance etc.) and how high you want to set your sights.

If I may, what was your work experience role?
For work experience I did both office and on-site work. On-site days I was mainly just following two other guys around while they showed me the ropes, how to set up the jigger, what it was, how it worked etc. Helped out wherever I could and was pretty hands on. Office days I was giving a pretty basic tutorial on AutoCAD and they basically just got me to do a rough draft of my house and then I put it into AutoCAD. I really loved the two of them, on-site was great because it was active and outdoors. I also loved the AutoCAD part because it's similar to my passion in graphic designing in a way. I would love to do design but an active working environment is also appealing.
 

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For work experience I did both office and on-site work. On-site days I was mainly just following two other guys around while they showed me the ropes, how to set up the jigger, what it was, how it worked etc. Helped out wherever I could and was pretty hands on. Office days I was giving a pretty basic tutorial on AutoCAD and they basically just got me to do a rough draft of my house and then I put it into AutoCAD. I really loved the two of them, on-site was great because it was active and outdoors. I also loved the AutoCAD part because it's similar to my passion in graphic designing in a way. I would love to do design but an active working environment is also appealing.
It all depends what you want to do with your career and how you want to do it.

Design: Spend the majority of your days inside of an office but you're making the "real" engineering decisions and analysis in the work you produce.
Construction: Get to work at the metaphorical (or literal, if mining is your thing) coal-face of projects and manage how they take shape, but not having a lot of input into the engineering behind the design.
Strategy/Development/Compliance: Get a good mix of office work & site visits but you'll find most of the actual engineering work is subcontracted out to the aforementioned categories

Then you can choose whether you want to work at a company at the larger end of the scale, say a multi-national, where you'll work on some of the biggest projects in the country but be quite "pigeon-holed" in the work you do. Or you can choose to work for a smaller company, where the jobs will rarely make headlines outside of a local paper but the work you'll do is a lot more varied. The bigger the projects, the more likely your work/life balance is going to suck too but most people I know like to go for glory when they're young and retire to something more mundane when they have kids & hit 40.

With all that said, I wouldn't worry about picking a path now if you're doing year 12 this year. Just rest assured that if you like civil engineering, the field is broad enough that if you work hard and keep your options open, you'll be able to find a niche role that suits exactly what you're looking for. It's not like something like accounting or nursing where there's really only one role you're going to end up doing.

If you do choose to do civil engineering, I'd try as many different roles as an undergraduate/intern as you can get your hands on while at university. I did undergrad work at a local consultancy with 4-5 people, a Tier 2/3 construction company doing small $5-10 million dollar projects and at a Local Roads Authority doing a mix of maintenance and compliance related things. Seeing all that gave me a lot of insight into what I found enjoyable and what I didn't, and definitely helps your applications for graduate jobs when you've completed your course. And I should mention that engineering students almost always get paid a decent wage to be interns as well. ;)
 
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I am now, but not without significant detours.

Always wanted to work in sports science, but I was a lazy little shit in high school, compounded by the fact that I waged a silent protest against my parents sending me to a boarding school I hated by doing as little work as possible. I still passed but didn't get a high enough score to get into what I wanted at uni.

So I started a boring marketing degree instead but dropped out after a year. Then spent my 20's working retail and backpacking overseas before deciding to go back to uni in my 30s to finally do that sports science degree. Best decision I ever made - I'm doing postgrad right now while working in the industry and I love every minute of it.

I'm actually happy the way it worked out, because working in shitty jobs for so long really makes me appreciate what I'm doing now.
 

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