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Old 02-16-2005, 09:48 AM   #1
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What to do with my life? I'm pretty sure, but it's hard.


Just thought I'd let you guys know, I'm quiting my studies. Okey, now you think: He's giving up, he's a quitter!.
But in fact I now know what I want to study. My current education was the first year to become a bachelor in audiovisual techniques. Now, don't think too much of the audio part. It's mainly movie-making. But you see, it is impossible for me to think of any motivation why I would want to make movies.
Now what I really want to do and why I started this course, is to become an audio engineer in a music recording studio. And that is possible with this education, although it's not specialisating in audio. But in the first year of my current education, almost no audio is involved, and making a movie for me is something I can't do, I can think of scenarios and ideas. But putting all the theory we got into practice and make a movie, again, not working for me. No motivation whatsoever.

So I've decided to quit my current education, find me a job, work for a year or so, untill I have enough money to start my education. Thing is, this course is not given in Belgium, so I'm going to move to the Netherlands after I make enough money.
My mother is actually much more supportive of this choice then I first thought, but she doesn't know the price yet. This an extremely expensive education. For us anyway. Roughly calculated, it's about 18.000$ for 2 years. Without housing and money to actually live.
But this is truely what I want to do with my life, and I am very much willing to work my *** off to get the money I need to do this education. (BTW, This is a course held at the SAE institute: www.SAE.edu . They also have an SAE institute in NY, Any New Yorkers that have a spare room? Laughing )

A difficult period is ahead of me, but I trust I can accomplish this goal, because I am very motivated, and my sense of reality is well enough to realize what it will take.

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Congradulations! That's great news! The best road to take is the one you want to take and makes you happy!

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Congradulations! That's great news! The best road to take is the one you want to take and makes you happy!
Couldn't have said it any bettter myself.

Sleeping better now that you been honest with yourself?

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Kudos to you for knowing what you want and going after it. I think that's awesome. Good luck!
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Education and career training is probably the best investment in time and money one can possibly make. It will pay for itself many times over as better salary and job satisfaction.
I have no idea how people finance higher education in Europe. In the US, undergraduate college education runs about $15,000 per year, on average, so nearly everyone receives some kind of financial aid, or low cost loan. There must be comparable programs in Europe that you might qualify for.
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Ditto what Lori said.

I would point out one thing, make sure the job market supports your decision. Fifteen years ago I followed my dream and finished a degree in Communications which specialized in video production. Afterward I looked at the job market and found it was pathetic. Minimum wage with a college degree!! Plus the jobs were scarce in my area. I did manage to make it to LA for a short while and worked on some films, but LA isn't my type of town especially after the earthquake. Back here in OH, those types of positions still aren't paying much and are fairly scarce. However, I have decided to try to get back into the field on some part time basis without giving up my day job. Not sorry I did any of it, it just didn't pay off for me.

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I think it's a good choice billsgate. You don't want to end up doing something that you hate! I'll give you my experiences.

I have known since I was probably 10 years old that I wanted to work on computers. When I graduated HS I went to The Ohio State University to major in MIS... management information systems. This isn't exactly what I wanted to do (because it's more business than computers) but I still knew I would enjoy it. Well 2 years and $35,000 later (that's just for school, not living expenses. college is much more expensive here in the states. ) I still had not taken a single computer class!! The college has nearly 35,000 people in it, making it a small town! Even though I was a direct admit to the college of business because of good high school gpa and high ACT scores, I still couldn't get into ANY of the classes I needed!! So I was no closer to graduating from this 4-year school than I was when I started 2 years earlier. I decided I needed to start somewhere else, but I still wanted to graduate in 2 years.

I made the decision to transfer to a 2 year school and graduate with only an Associates. I'm upset with myself that I won't have a bachelors, but I'll still have graduated college within 4 years instead of 6. And I can always go back when I need/want to. Well anyways with that said I am in my second to last quarter at this school, and I took my first class in computer security. On my very first day I decided that this is absolutely what I would like to be doing with my life. In a 30-second period I decided that I do NOT want to be the person who runs all those cables and who gets called when some stupid person forgets their password. I would much rather be behind the scenes working on the security, and I would eventually like to get into the field of computer forensics. (Before anyone comments, no I have never even seen CSI. Only the REAL shows! haha).

So anyways... what all that is saying is I followed what I felt was the right path, and ended up finding something even better! So I say do what feels right!


PS- If you want to compare costs... my fiance's 4-year school is $35,000 per YEAR! Not including living expenses. 8O 8O
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More power to ya Billsgate. I say go for it!

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Good for you!!

Education can be long and tiring. Best you know what you want before you are buried! After undergrad, I took a year off and worked for the post office and then in a warehouse. After that, I moved across the country to attend grad school. My heart was never really into it. I thought I wanted to be a veterinarian, then I was a teaching assistant and decided teaching was what I loved. Finally, after 3 1/2 years, I got my Master's in Zoology. Still have not taken an education course, but enrolled in a PhD program in neuroscience. After a year of that, I realized I was not getting any closer to being a teacher.

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My fiance has wanted to be a vet since she could walk! She "grew up" on a dairy farm (not her family's... but close family friend) but had horses, goats, sheep, and MUCH more at her own house.

Her freshman year in college she decided she's much more interested in rescuing wild animals (like the people who rehab them and work with them at the zoo) as opposed to working in a vet taking care of peoples dogs and cats.

I guess most people need to actually start school to find out what they really want to do!

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