did you ever regret your career path??

@monimo (83)
Canada
October 25, 2008 10:32am CST
I recently graduated from university, and I'm wondering whether what I did was right. For people who graduate from management studies, I noticed that they regret taking those course up and studying for 3-4 years things that they ate discover they hate. I'm wondering if any of you folks took up learning a specific study and now find yourself lost and wanting to study or work in a completely different field. and if so, what do you plan on doing?
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13 responses
• Malaysia
26 Oct 08
i'm undergrad, but i'm having similiar thinking like you did. i dont know weather what i'm studying is things that i really want or just i'm studying it, pass all the exams and become what has been writem for me. i heard people say, if you dont make choices, choices make you. maybe i'm in such category, choices make you. kinda sad huh?
@monimo (83)
• Canada
26 Oct 08
ahh...i know...procrastinating, and basking in what you have currently is my problem too...come to think of it, it really will be sad when we look back on our lives when we get old...hopefully that won't happen :D good luck :P
@hellcord (675)
• Romania
26 Oct 08
Hey there. I'd say that if you're 'not sure' whether this is what you want or not, then it's probably not :P Don't worry, sometimes that's how it goes. In nature you don't move from point A to point B always in a straight line, life might put you through some zigzags, so you can learn a few things :D Example: I worked in Insurance, suit and tie job, 2-3 of them, for about 2 years after I graduated. Then I wanted to go for more creative stuff and become a freelance web designer. Not organized enough with my time to do that, so I came back to working in another suit and tie job, in a Bank. Now that is a job that most ppl say is good for you, my mother always wanted to see me working in a suit and tie, pen in hand, in a Bank. This was a job that was literally 2 minutes walking from my apartment, good pay, 9 to 6, rest of the time just spent driving around and chasing skirts. As you know, with your own car and appartment that works like magic :D ..but then I dropped EVERYTHING, sold the car and moved 500 km away, and got me a T-shirt job, with much more action, and more money than the bank, where I was much much happier. Now one year later, the next job I do is even more 'T-shirty' and free, and as long as I do it right, nobody cares about dress code or what I do in my free time :D Now here's the kicker: Having recently gotten into smoking some special herbs that makes you see things, I got this amazing fascination with bongs, and then with glass bongs, and then with this work of artistic glass blowing. My current dream is to become such a glass artist, and if possible, move to Amsterdam, where such quality glass bongs (and pipes) are in good demand, and also the herbs and mushrooms are much more plentiful :D Goes to show that you can't know straight out of life what you were REALLY meant for in your life, you can only make the best guess at the time, and go for it, give it your best. Best of luck to you. Peace :)
• Malaysia
26 Oct 08
gee... life seems vey complicated, but i believe, it's because of me that make it vey complicated. currently, i'm just studying, giving my all best hardwork, to become the best in the field that maybe i'm not the one choosed it, but certainly i think the best for me. thnks for the advice ;-D..happy mylotting
• India
26 Oct 08
I really do.Am still regretting it.I did my degree in mechanical engineering.I got into a job in software.Imagine my situation.In the beginning it was okey with me.Now i am just regretting my decision.
@monimo (83)
• Canada
26 Oct 08
:(....try to get back into it!
• India
26 Oct 08
hey..dats really bad..but..err..y? wots d prob wid mechanical engg..isnt it supah cool?
• Philippines
25 Oct 08
I finished BS Nursing and I currently work as a volunteer nurse. I had regrets a lot of times since this profession has a very low salary in the Philippines and aside from that, it is very hard to look for a work. Hospitals are taking for granted that we apply as a volunteer or nurse trainee. There are a lot for sacrifices that a nurse has to undergo before he or she can become successful. Adding to our problem is the recession in the States since most nurses want to work abroad especially in the US.
@monimo (83)
• Canada
26 Oct 08
hey there, I'm sorry to hear that the nurse job isn't fully valued over there, I think this is the most unselfish thing that you could do for your life, and trust me, if nobody thanks you for it, you are still amazing for giving your time and effort for other people!!
• Philippines
26 Oct 08
Thanks a lot. Nursing is not just a profession but also a vocation. It needs a devotion and patience with the work. It isn't easy being a nurse.
@hellcord (675)
• Romania
25 Oct 08
What you studied has very little to do with what you can do in life, even as a career. I for example, have studied Economics, but far from me the idea of working actually in that field. I quit a job at a Bank that I had, and now I'm much happier in Services / Airline industry, going to work in a crazy T-Shirt and just staying relaxed all day, cause my job is OK. I think changing career paths in one's life is natural, it should be expected, several times even. Peace :)
@monimo (83)
• Canada
26 Oct 08
well, I agree and disagree with you...if you want to study law and become a lawyer, somewhere down the road you are bound to screw up that wish and for eg. become a law clerk, or a secretary, bc of too much work and sacrifice. People usually tend to give up on dreams and only later regret them when they have big plans or jobs in mind. Of course I don't mean studying economics, which is quite broad, and ending up in a company that might not require your degree.
@hellcord (675)
• Romania
26 Oct 08
I'm just saying that it's normal to not be 100% sure what you want to do, for the rest of your life, by the time you finish college. Even more so by the time you begin college, so given that, it is quite possible that you didn't make the 100% best choice of what to study there. And I'm saying that's ok. If in 6 months or 2 years an opportunity or a super cool calling opens up to you, for which you have the enthusiasm but maybe not the studies, don't worry, you will be able to get the studies and the hand of it, and end up doing what you were meant to do. If however you know now you want to be a lawyer, but end up a secretary forever, then yes you might say that's a major f*ckup :)
@kerriannc (4280)
• Jamaica
26 Oct 08
No I don't because I know what I had wanted from I was a child and I pursue it. I don't let anyone encourages me to do things that I don't want and I have seen were parents and peer pressure allow persons to attend university only to find out that they pursue the wrong dreams and have to start all over again. But Management studies is a wonderful area why are you second guessing it after you have graduated.
• India
25 Oct 08
When you have two choices in front of you and you chose one, you generally tend to regret if you are not successful after taking that choice. The most important thing is to forget teh alternatives once you ahve made a choice if you wan tto be happy with that choice.
• India
25 Oct 08
I really don't like my career now. I was a reasonably successful guy in Electrical,Instrumentation,automation kind of projects.But the salary of IT industry fascinated me..it was long back in 2000. Meanwhile I already had worked in Engg sector for 7 years. Believe I still get pffers from companies working in PLC.DCS like tata honeywell, but it is too late for me.When I was working in Power plant industry, I goyt gr8 offers from UK...it was so fascinating that you get salary in GBpound, and spent in China. Just because I has=d some illusion about IT industry ,I did not accept them. Now I find what wronfg decisions were they.
@iamcdy (1120)
• Philippines
25 Oct 08
This is the question that I always ask myself, which I thought is really a good topic for discussion. There are decisions about our career that we made, or maybe our parents made for us. We either like or hate it. In my case, it was my choice to take up this course during college. I thought, maybe I could shift to another one if I won't enjoy it but I was never able to tract time and I ended up graduating under that course. And a career started from it - a career which I never thought of doing for seven long years. In the past few months, it bugged me and decided to call it quits. I just simply could not go on because each day made it harder for me to continue working like I used to be. Now, I am still searching and hopefully, I will find the best career for me before it's too late.
@oderog (732)
• Kenya
25 Oct 08
My career path has been one that I will live to love, my studies was in Information Technology, and as things start now it is the career that is shaping other careers, Everything done today is information based, even operation in hospital today is something done with the aid of computer technology. The only risk that am facing in my career that even roboots are being introduced through Information Technology to handle other jobs which will elimate or cut jobs opportunities to many people.
@monimo (83)
• Canada
25 Oct 08
hey there oderog, I understand your concern about today's technology, I live in Canada, and most jobs such as yours are being replaced, or even cut out of companies. I guess that as long as you have a degree in this field, either from a college or university, you can always fall back on it, and try to get other jobs, because most places look for a degree in something, and of course try to look for something that would suit you.
@kykidd (6819)
• United States
25 Oct 08
I regret not going into the field that I studied in school. There just wasn't anything out there for me in our area, because I went for computer programming. So, I ended up just taking basic office job. Then I eventually ended up in the financial field. I just wonder if I would have gotten a job in computer programming, what my life would be like today. With the internet and all of the software programs that we use, I think I would definitely be making a 6 digit income. The problem is computer programming is just like a foreign language, if you don't use it, you lose it. And that's what happened to me. Good luck to you! I hope you find you have made an excellent choice in both your career and your study paths!
@monimo (83)
• Canada
25 Oct 08
this is exactly what I'm talking about. My uncle is into computer programming too, and now after doing his job for about 5 years, he is sick of it. But hang in there, if you really like this job, and you are dedicated to it, you'll be able to find better jobs nd of course practice makes perfect :)
@zhaosonghan (1039)
• China
26 Oct 08
Now i am working in a different field,at the beginning i was afraid that whether was right,i have worked for 2 years since graduated from university,i found i have used to gradually,in these two years i learn as work,i found it is not difficult to change field.So i suggest you if your interesting is not what you have study when you graduate,you can find a job about your interesting,and you plan carrer,in this way,you will be successful in several years.
• India
26 Oct 08
nah..i really dun regrt thngs..coz..im happy doin wt eva i wantd..n d plus factor whch i hve is..dat evn ma parents r happy coz im doin sumth..wel..i hve jus began thngs..i hve jus entrd colg..so im very happy..n im very much satisfied!
@elmiko (6640)
• United States
26 Oct 08
I would assume theres some people will feel they hate their career no matter what they study for 3 years or more. Maybe its just the fact of the studying for 3-4 years thats getting to those people your talking about. I've completed some college but have yet to get into studying a career path. I'm just not motivated to have a specific career. I know it would be good down the road to have some security to fall back on but i'm not intrested. I'm kind of getting the itch to go back to college but 3-4 years to study a career is too much for me. Theres a college around my area thats a 2 year course and that should be fine with me.
@sylvia13 (1851)
• Nelson Bay, Australia
25 Oct 08
I used to be a librarian and I always loved my profession, but I wonder whether I would be able to get a job now that everybody has their own computer and there is Internet! People are used now to look for their own information and I don't think they need to have anybody helping them.