I know what I want to do!

@SomeCowgirl (32271)
United States
March 3, 2010 8:22am CST
Well I can't finish college until I start college. I know what I want to do though. I want to go to school to be a guidance counselor for children. I thought about it, it's something I think would be fun, I'd be helping children, and I would be on the same schedule as my future children. That is to say that when they go to school, I'd be working the same hours they went to school for, and if I had to stay over, if they are in the same school as I they can just go play a sport, or work on their homework while I did what I needed to do before going home for the day. What do you think of that kind of career? Anyone here a guidance counselor?
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@Canellita (12058)
• United States
3 Mar 10
Not to discourage you, but working with children is not fun. It is rewarding at times but it is also very challenging and even downright frustrating. If you are looking for something fun, look elsewhere. Guidance counselors work with teens, not children. It is often easier to work with younger kids than with older ones. If you want to have children, do that first and then worry about a career when they are old enough to be independent. Being a mother is a full-time job do if you can do school first, then kids, then career.
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@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
3 Mar 10
I read back through my response and thought that saying "fun" was a bit... off I suppose is a good enough word. I do remember having a guidance counselor in elementary school but he was not really well known. That is to say, in middle and high school we were aware of the guidance department, in elementary school not so much. Your right though, guidance counselors do work more with the teenagers then they do with the children. If I went ahead and went to school for it and landed a job at the local high school, I'm still young enough that they may respect my opinion. I'm not sure. I get what your saying about going to school first, then having children and then when they are old enough to go to school worry about landing a job in my career. We will just have to see how things happen!
@Canellita (12058)
• United States
3 Mar 10
Sweetie, I appreciate your enthusiasm, but I work in a K-8 school, I just did an article on respect, and getting kids to respect you has nothing to do with being young enough for them to relate to you.
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@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
3 Mar 10
is it about authority then? if in the next couple of years I do get a job as a guidance counselor for a high school do you think that they would not respect me because of my age? or just does age not have anything to do with it?
@yresh12 (3222)
• Philippines
4 Mar 10
I'm a 3rd year Psychology ms. scg and I have not yet finished it due to financial problems..
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@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
4 Mar 10
Hi yresh! I'm sorry that you've not yet finished school. Hopefully you can finish it soon. IS that why you come online to earn money for your schooling? Good Luck to you then!
@yresh12 (3222)
• Philippines
8 Mar 10
I'ts fine Ms. SCG. I have been working for almost three years. I go in and out of school. I'm still waiting for the time that I could go back and study. As of now, I can't do it because I have balance in my school which I did not pay and I want to help my family. I just started doing online in earning money about a month.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
3 Mar 10
That sounds like a great idea! I think that would be a very fulfilling career too. I know you can do it! Good luck.
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@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
3 Mar 10
Hi! Thanks so much! How is your schooling going?
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
4 Mar 10
Great! It's a lot of work because it is an accelerated course and I'm juggling that on top of the job and the kids but I am so excited with every class. My next class starts Monday and it is pretty much a speech class. I hate the thought of speaking in front of a crowd.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
3 Mar 10
nope but it could work out for you in the long run and you should be good with kids!
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@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
3 Mar 10
I've thought about it and am still looking at the course descriptions. I think it would definitely be very interesting. I could possibly call the local school and see if they are hiring for something that I could start out with whilst I go to school. I was told that they were hiring for some things but this was two years ago. No matter even if I were to be a janitor I could still get my foot through the door and have money to pay for the schooling at the college. Also, I could see how the guidance counselors there work and do, maybe even question them to see if it is a career choice they are happy with.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
3 Mar 10
yes sounds like a good Idea and look into a PEl grant to help you pay for it
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@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
3 Mar 10
Hi SomeCowgirl. It sounds like you need a guidance counselor to become a guidance counselor yourself! All I can say is that, if you really thought about it, and you think that it is the career you want, then go for it. The important thing is that you've decided to act on it. It doesn't necessarily mean that because you decided it, you'd have to be a guidance counselor tomorrow. You still have the whole college life to develop the skills, and to prepare yourself. Who knows?! While studying, you might decide that you're actually good at it, or if not, then you're good at something else. Goodluck!
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@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
3 Mar 10
Hi Bounce! My husband and I just know we need to go to school for something. I thought of guidance counselor, and it's actually sticking in my head for more then five minutes. I'm thinking about it seriously, and trying to decide if it'd be better for hubby and I to go to school and work at the same time, or if one of us should go to school first, and then the other one work more. He works now, I lost my job as you know, so it might be better for me to go to school first. Right now, I'm just trying to mylot my butt off though!
• India
3 Mar 10
what do you suggest those who still in college might someone here to help and guide you to get on guidance counselor
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@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
3 Mar 10
Hi hussainjabri, How are you? I am not in college, but would need to go to college to be a guidance counselor I am sure. I've got the local college's website pulled up and am looking at it. I am sure I'll be able to tell what to do, and if not I can always call the college.
@hellcowboy (7383)
• United States
28 Mar 10
I remember when you had posted this because you wanted to be a guidance counselor but you found out it takes a lot of schooling and it was a good idea of a career if that was something you wanted to do,and now I know we both want to be CNA's and we took the orientation and although the class looks tough ,and it is a lot of work and I do not really wanna brush some strangers teeth in class,it does seem like something I would want to do,and plus I am thinking about being a Dr. again so if I did it would help me on my way if I had my CNA certification a ndI am sure we will figure out something when it comes to the schooling,my mother is right if it comes down to it,you can take the class,first I will work a Wal Mart and then when you have a job I will quit mine and take the class,but we just have to see since we have several months before fall registration,I love you with all of my heart and soul.
@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
28 Mar 10
To be honest I am also not looking forward to brushing someone else' teeth. I am also conscious about my own. that is one big drawback, but I think the rest will be fairly easy even though they say it will be tough. I agree one of us needs to be working atleast so that if I go ahead and take the class and find a job you can quit yours when it's close to time for you to take the class. I love you!
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• United States
31 Mar 10
It should go by quickly like most things,that just means I would have to put up with Wal Mart for that much longer but I guess I could handle it as long as I have old man Craig watching my back,because it is us and Daniel of course against the evil ones lol,I love you with all of my heart and soul.
@celticeagle (117235)
• Boise, Idaho
5 Mar 10
I think you have this very well thought out and it sounds very good. I think being a guidance counselor will help you with your children as well. No, I have never been a guidance couselor but I can certainly see where it would be some very interesting and fun work. I hope you get the schooling you need in a manner in which continues your interest and even intensifies it.
@mr_pearl (5037)
• India
4 Mar 10
Nice idea! I am not a Student counselor, but I would love to be one. It is an amazing job to help the young growing minds help grow better and proper. Wow! What a lovely idea! I wish you good luck SomeCowgirl... :) I am sure you'll be able to achieve your goal... Good luck and have a lot of fun!
@verabear (797)
• Philippines
4 Mar 10
Congratulations on knowing what you want to do with your life! A guidance counselor can play a very important role in children's lives, so you better do a good job studying to be one. hehe :)