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SaneAmongInsane

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Re: Dudely Careers?
« Reply #15 on: May 06, 2014, 10:31:43 PM »
Hey guys (yes I'm new)

I'm actually just facing this question right now. I just finished college with a bachelors  in English, and I'm just completely at a loss for what I want to do. I'm thankfully in a position where I have no debt from it, but still I'm feeling the pressure.

The thing is, I really like what I've been doing all through out college: Working in a grocery store. Anything else I say I want to do is just based off those experiences. I've done janitorial work there, collecting carts, it's pretty peaceful just going about your business rocking a podcast in one ear. I've been a cashier my entire time, and that's pretty nice too, especially working the closing shifts where I have free reign of the place. So now I'm being asked what I want and well... Janitor, Security Guard (I'm Licensed in my state, never have used it.)... Kinda just want to maintain a building and be left relatively alone.

Also no one can seem to tell me how much these fabled "Real Jobs" should be paying me (Bare in mind, I currently make 9 dollars) I've got no problems for the forseeable future with my current living space but I need to start paying some rent...

I'm stressing out here and not abiding am I? Some guidance here back to the way would be appreciated.

Been there. My first Degree was in Literature. Truth is that the farther you go down that more you realize how unlikely it is that you will make a living at it. Just because of what it takes. Total commitment with little chance of a return irregardless of how talented you are. It takes a real commitment to something that is about 99% likely to result in failure.
I went back to school for electrical engineering and later computer science. That pays the bills and then I can stay active in music and writing without starving.
I'd say if your passion is writing take a crack at that but realize you need to treat it like you would any other job. Spend the whole day that the keyboard and work hard while not getting a paycheck for a long long time and most likely not even then. After that you are Leuwen Davis looking for a couch.
Actually I agree with BikerDude.

I write a lot and have been published (in a few obscure magazines), I am also an artist (reasonable technique with pastels and charcoal) but have always been conscious that it's a hard line to take and there is no guarantee of being able to earn a living wage from it (either art or writing). Both in art and writing it tends to be not so much what you can do but who you know. I took A level art but decided not to go forward to the degree, seeing others in my art class who where and they seemed to have a much better technique than myself. Last time I saw one of them he had finished his degree and was now an x-ray technician for a local hospital.

I have moved through a number of jobs (accountant, ran pubs and restaurants, an off-license), finally I settled for one of my personal loves IT, I am now the senior DBA at one of the UK's leading London Museums.

Personally I think DBA is a pretty Dudeist job because I spend most of my time writing myself out of the processes I am creating.

I still use a lot of my art (my instruction manuals are so good even other departments have me consult on writing theirs), being dyslexic I tend to draw processes rather than make notes first off to be able to understand them better.

I am just beginning to look at self publishing through Kindle.

But I think the point I am making is I particularly went the career route that paid the bills first then did the other things off the back of that.


Ya know, the sad thing as after all that? I can't stand writing anymore. Just the idea of writing articles or even fiction like I use to just sounds like such a chore. I had such a bad experience in college* when it came to my writing and the professors that it killed my passion for it... and there was a time I was writing up a storm. I use to love having a stack of assignments and staying up all night doing them, getting down to the wire, drinking coffee to fight off the sleep.

The only good thing about it, I suppose, is that if I take time off from it I can always come back to it later. Analysis isn't going to change, article writing isn't going to change. If I ever can get that bug I can hop into it again I suppose.

I kinda didn't even want to do the whole college thing. Parents and at the time Girlfriend were pressuring me to pick a future, and I really didn't care much. I figured English Professor might be fun, but it didn't take long for me to decide I didn't want to stick around for my masters.

(*The only cool thing about college was I had this awesome neo-liberal prof who taught a lot of African American lit, and only because of that racially I'm pretty cool now. Only valuable thing I got out of it.)

Hey guys (yes I'm new)

I'm actually just facing this question right now. I just finished college with a bachelors  in English, and I'm just completely at a loss for what I want to do. I'm thankfully in a position where I have no debt from it, but still I'm feeling the pressure.

The thing is, I really like what I've been doing all through out college: Working in a grocery store. Anything else I say I want to do is just based off those experiences. I've done janitorial work there, collecting carts, it's pretty peaceful just going about your business rocking a podcast in one ear. I've been a cashier my entire time, and that's pretty nice too, especially working the closing shifts where I have free reign of the place. So now I'm being asked what I want and well... Janitor, Security Guard (I'm Licensed in my state, never have used it.)... Kinda just want to maintain a building and be left relatively alone.

Also no one can seem to tell me how much these fabled "Real Jobs" should be paying me (Bare in mind, I currently make 9 dollars) I've got no problems for the forseeable future with my current living space but I need to start paying some rent...

I'm stressing out here and not abiding am I? Some guidance here back to the way would be appreciated.

I have worked as a janitor before. I enjoyed it. It can be a pretty Dudely job. People tend to just leave you alone until they need a light bulb replaced or some such. You can usually go at your own pace. If things aren't busy you can usually find a place to just chill all day. I always thought it would be cool to work as an after hours janitor. Have the whole place to yourself after everyone has gone home.

Do what you enjoy. I know a lot of people who have degrees but work in unrelated fields.

When I get to be the Janitor at my current job, it's honestly the best job in the world. Keep the carts full and the machine running, the majority of the time I'm in the maintenance closet reading or listening to a podcast. I like that kind of work, ya know? Give me the responsibilities of XYZ and just leave me alone. People think I'm crazy too when I say theres a sense of pride in it as well. I always liked making sure I could do the best job I could, just because... At least until they took me off the rotation but.... well those were less Dudely days with me.
Hey guys (yes I'm new)

I'm actually just facing this question right now. I just finished college with a bachelors  in English, and I'm just completely at a loss for what I want to do. I'm thankfully in a position where I have no debt from it, but still I'm feeling the pressure.

The thing is, I really like what I've been doing all through out college: Working in a grocery store. Anything else I say I want to do is just based off those experiences. I've done janitorial work there, collecting carts, it's pretty peaceful just going about your business rocking a podcast in one ear. I've been a cashier my entire time, and that's pretty nice too, especially working the closing shifts where I have free reign of the place. So now I'm being asked what I want and well... Janitor, Security Guard (I'm Licensed in my state, never have used it.)... Kinda just want to maintain a building and be left relatively alone.

Also no one can seem to tell me how much these fabled "Real Jobs" should be paying me (Bare in mind, I currently make 9 dollars) I've got no problems for the forseeable future with my current living space but I need to start paying some rent...

I'm stressing out here and not abiding am I? Some guidance here back to the way would be appreciated.

Welcome to dude-topia, SaneAmongInsane dude! Nice to have you in our quiet beach community. Grab yurself a place on bowling alley benches and abide, mang! Bars' over there.

Appreciated, yo.

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Re: Dudely Careers?
« Reply #16 on: June 30, 2021, 10:54:17 AM »
How to find your career? do i need to search?

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Re: Dudely Careers?
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« Last Edit: July 23, 2021, 12:49:59 PM by BikerDude »

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Re: Dudely Careers?
« Reply #18 on: November 08, 2021, 10:09:36 AM »
Hey guys (yes I'm new)

I'm actually just facing this question right now. I just finished college with a bachelors  in English, and I'm just completely at a loss for what I want to do. I'm thankfully in a position where I have no debt from it, but still I'm feeling the pressure.

The thing is, I really like what I've been doing all through out college: Working in a grocery store. Anything else I say I want to do is just based off those experiences. I've done janitorial work there, collecting carts, it's pretty peaceful just going about your business rocking a podcast in one ear. I've been a cashier my entire time, and that's pretty nice too, especially working the closing shifts where I have free reign of the place. So now I'm being asked what I want and well... Janitor, Security Guard (I'm Licensed in my state, never have used it.)... Kinda just want to maintain a building and be left relatively alone.

Also no one can seem to tell me how much these fabled "Real Jobs" should be paying me (Bare in mind, I currently make 9 dollars) I've got no problems for the forseeable future with my current living space but I need to start paying some rent...

I'm stressing out here and not abiding am I? Some guidance here back to the way would be appreciated.

I have worked as a janitor before. I enjoyed it. It can be a pretty Dudely job. People tend to just leave you alone until they need a light bulb replaced or some such. You can usually go at your own pace. If things aren't busy you can usually find a place to just chill all day. I always thought it would be cool to work as an after hours janitor. Have the whole place to yourself after everyone has gone home.

Do what you enjoy. I know a lot of people who have degrees but work in unrelated fields.


Agreed on the janitor thing - I'm a hospital cleaner and though the pandemic has been insane at times (and I'm on stress leave), it's a job where you do your own thing a lot of the time as you figure out where in the hospital you prefer to work. Decent wage for high school educated (almost 30 bucks per hour Canadian).

 

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