is your present job what you've trained for?

@manong05 (5029)
Philippines
October 5, 2009 8:21am CST
We spend for or five years in college to prepare for a job we wanted to do. Some people after graduation, go through a sudden twist of faith. They landed in jobs they were not expecting to do. My daughter graduated as a physical therapist. But she never had a chance to practice since she landed in a computer job. She seems fulfilled anyway and the money is good so she doesn't mind. How about you? If you are still a student, will you be willing to work on something your were not trained to do?
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19 responses
• Philippines
6 Oct 09
Though I am working in the business world, I still find myself hungry of the real course/knowledge I gain in school. I am not practicing what I went through for so many years in college.
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@subha12 (18453)
• India
6 Oct 09
By educational Degree I am an electronics Engineer, But working as software engineer and now a business analyst. May be It is what I wanted to work as IT professional although I have my engineering degree in Electronics Engineering.
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@sandymay16 (1619)
• Philippines
6 Oct 09
Hi, I graduated Bachelor or Science in Social Work which we were trained to do casework, group work and community work. The jobs I had in the past were all related to my degree except when I did volunteer work for a year after graduation which I was assigned in the office doing office work and occasionally helping the other staff in their research and community work because I told them I can do it. LOL Anyways, I don't have a job now. I am at home doing the job where you were trained when you were you still young and it was free like house chores.
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@irene3184 (900)
• Philippines
6 Oct 09
I also had the same experience working on a different work field to the course I have finished in college. I am a business management graduate and studied for 4 years. I have a work experience before as Sales Representative, marketing associate and store manager. But it only takes of maximum 5 months working but now I am recently working as a web-content-writer, SMO marketer in an outsourcing company for almost a year already which I never studied during my college days.
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• Singapore
6 Oct 09
My job now is totally different on what I've finished in college. I finished Bachelor of Arts in Social Science Major in Behavioral Studies but now I am in Finance Department doing timesheets and Project Accounting jobs. It is hard at first to cope up with the job scope but with the help of my colleague, I slowly learn this current job. I am just fortunate that my compnay offered to shoulder the expenses on my post studies now that I am taking Certified Accounting Technicial to enhance my career in the future.
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• Philippines
6 Oct 09
hello manong I have actually studied the course that others are doing in the end. but as for me, i haven't practice or done a good job based onmy course. i got my own business but it doesn't really tick around the public. probably it's a part of livelihood but never actually considered it motivational and entrepreneurial.it's been years, i hope i can make my dream come true some day
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• Spain
6 Oct 09
I graduated Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and was lucky to have landed on a job related to my course. But it's not really the job I am wanting to do. After a couple of years, I was able to established my own business - a computer/internet shop and so far I am happy with what I do here. Although sometimes, problems are inevitable especially if the computers are having some technical difficulties, infected by virus and it needs formatting. I'm glad I am knowledgeable with regards to computer as I do not need to reach for a technical support and I am the one repairing my units here.
• Philippines
6 Oct 09
I graduated as an engineer but my work now is supervisor. Supervisory or managing people is not in my course but its a tough task engaging to persons of different kinds. I'd like to work in-line with my job but it isn't happening now. I already have forgotten the lessons I have in college and if I try to look for a job which fits my course, then I will have to double up and refresh.
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@kykidd (6820)
• United States
5 Oct 09
I went to school for computer programming, and it was only a vocational technical school. So, I didn't get a degree, just a diploma. However, my first job was working in an office and setting up a new company for a guy. Then I worked in the finance industry both on the real estate, and the auto side for about 18 years. Now, I am still in real estate (working for myself), but other than that I just try to make what money I can online. Since I am working online, I am working with computers. However, there is very little programming involved, maybe a little html now and again. But, the languages that I learned aren't even in effect anymore. What about you? Are you in the same field for which you went to college? I see you are living in the Philippines, that is a very challenging country. I wish you well!
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
5 Oct 09
No,not in any way related. I took up liberal arts but found myself working as a furniture contractor. I see that we have a common interest too. Years back I took a course on pascal programming, though I have forgotten most of it now, not being able to use it. What I found useful is Autocad. I use it a lot in my work. Yes, Philippines is a challenging country, US is even more challenging place to go. cheers.
@Bluepatch (2480)
• Trinidad And Tobago
5 Oct 09
Nope. I'm in a junior job to what I am qualified for. But if that's all you can get then what choice do you have ? Lots of people have little choice in what they do and that's a fact. The truth is people who end up doing their choice are pretty priveleged.
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
5 Oct 09
Yes if what is available and it is good, there is no reason not to grab the opportunity. cheers.
@greenline (14864)
• Canada
5 Oct 09
Hello. I majored in Business Administration at the University. Since my high school days, I had a passion for doing businesses, especially international. So, I went for that when I go to University. I liked the studies very much too. And, I must say I have been very fortunate to be working now in that line, international business. I have been busy doing business development for the company in different parts of the world.
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
5 Oct 09
You are a global worker, that's nice. International business is an interesting field. cheers.
@pooh08 (672)
• Vietnam
5 Oct 09
It's very rarely to have a job which we had studied at university. I graduated my university 2 years ago. Now although I work in the right subject I have studied at school, I feel it can take along time to do the work well. My job requires me have to hard-working, more read and can understand every thing at the first time communication.
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
5 Oct 09
I understand. Learning, I think is a never ending process. People continue to learn things and in the process grow and mature. There is really no "point" or "stage" that when reached a person can say "he knows everything there is to know"
@billzehua (573)
• China
5 Oct 09
Well, college education is not that always sounding as we expect, the fate twists always happen even before we enter into college, and graduation could be another point for them to shift their 4 or5 years of suffocating.For me i m quite satisfied with my college mojor field, it indeed worked out someway, i just feel bit of regret for the time i idled away, were they being developed more effectively, i might have got a better off-start one year ago. My college direction was international business,,more emphersis on marketing, but now i rest in teaching now, surely i m very very unsettled in my heart and desperate one day I can chew my legs out of here.One thing i m still applying into work is English, i learned all the courses in english anyway. Somehow the students, mostly the low-level students don't buy me! more frustrating!
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
5 Oct 09
There is always plenty of rooms for change and improvement anyway. It is always a good ambition to excel in the field that we have chosen. Twists of fate often happen and we land on jobs we never dreamt of doing. Have fun. Cheers!
@Graceekwenx (3163)
• Philippines
5 Oct 09
Oh i am a medical technologist but i am doing insurance claims analysis! hahahah Nevertheless, i am happy becaue i like the people that i work with, it gives good pay and i learn a lot! I had no regrets on this. If i were a student, i wont mind working on something im not trained to do. The human mind is so full of possibilities and i would love to learn anything under the sun...
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
5 Oct 09
Not exactly related, is it? Well the pay is good and you continue to learn a lot so there is absolutely nothing to regret. Being open to possibilities is nice. have fun Grace. Cheers
@williamjisir (22903)
• China
11 Oct 09
Hello manong. My present job is related to teaching and it was exactly what I learned at college. I was trained to be a teacher at college and since graduation I have been engaged in this teaching job and I am fond of it a lot because I love to be with my students who make me feel young and energetic. Thank you for the discussion.
@ample03 (403)
• India
6 Oct 09
I am a pure science graduate, but I had knack on arts specially Painting and all. So I took a training on painting after graduation. Then I Started my career as a Graphics artist by joining in a Graphics Production house as a trainee. After that I took more training on designing, animation, compositing On job and from Institutes. As I completed my graduation as basic qualification, it helped me a lot to get jobs and to get upgraded in higher posts in my office. So I am very happy now as my present job matches what I was trained for.
• India
6 Oct 09
I am also a student....and i am also suffering the same thing.......I am an ece professional andi will be landing up in either it industry or an mba college.....
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
6 Oct 09
I'll do anything for work that I'm able to do. I worked for years in insurance and I loved working in the auto claims dept as a small claims adjuster. I also kept track of their salvage logs and organized the bids on salvage auctions. Loved it and thought I would be there forever. Circumstances change life and I find myself in other situations doing other jobs. I ended up working at a family owned convenience store and I honestly felt I would hate it. I did hate it and it was meant to be temporary until I could find something more up my line. That was 15 years ago. I got close to the family and I got really close to the regular customers. I ended up loving it. The hours are not so much what I would choose any more but I am used to it and just deal. In this day and age I am fortunate just to have a job.
• United States
6 Oct 09
Hmmm.... I trained as an actor, so to be honest you don't really expect to be in your 'proper' work a lot of the time! We start out in the full knowledge that 90% of the profession are out of work anyway! So, I have done theatre, I have worked backstage in wardrobe and as a dresser, I have worked in a theatre marketing office, and I have produced my own theatre stuff (for no money really as everything you make goes back into it!) I have also worked in a supermarket, a specialist food store, been in charge of the kids books department of a bookstore, and most recently as a barista in a coffee shop! But, I did my training because thats what I wanted to do, regardless of whether I ever got work, so I don't regretit for a second.