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Old 02-28-2012, 04:51 PM
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I'm 23 years old, working full time since age 18. I can honestly say I was not happy with my job since I was 19-20. All I wanted to do was fix computers and i was the happiest guy a live. After leaving my job at age 21 and starting another one. I am content but I feel as if i'm going no where. I feel like a complete moron that I don't know what I want to do with my life, and i'm already way into it age wise. The only things I could see myself doing are making people laugh, fishing, and fixing technology to make people happy, however can't wrap my head around something I am confident I can do.

Sorry just a rant as everyone around me seems like they are going to do XYZ and are actually pulling it off, and i'm stuck making 32k a year till my hair falls out!
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Old 02-28-2012, 05:09 PM
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Maybe there is a free government or such career consuling center nearby. I would think that if you are indeed interested in the computer repair and related fields there must be some way to advance. I am not sure why you are "stuck" where you are - maybe with more details...?

Anyway there are folks here with experiences in just about every field and have "been there" that may be of help....

I worked for many years in jobs I did not like just for the $$$$ which was very important to me at the time....I would guess many folks do

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Old 02-28-2012, 05:11 PM
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Hang in there muffinman! At least you know what you are good at and have a job. Everthink of going to school at night? It never hurts to add to your skill set.
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Old 02-28-2012, 05:17 PM
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I was a TERRIBLE stupid in high school, If I didn't go to vocational school for computer networking I most likely would have not graduated. I hate taking out loans(never took one out in my life) and feel by the time I get out of school i'll be 30 and everyone will have 10+ years on me and i'll be behind in experience with a stack of loans to pay off.

Sucks how a regents diploma means nothing unless it comes after a 4 year degree on a resume!
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I know the feeling. Many of us have been there at all different stages of our life. I would search around for a new job, but in the meantime why not get a simple website started and try to post some ads on you local Craigslist (or similar) for "fixing technology" and do it on the side? Might give you some satisfaction outside of work and who knows where it will lead. Don't wait for something to change, try and change it yourself.
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Old 02-28-2012, 05:25 PM
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What do you enjoy doing,even if you don't get paid?
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Old 02-28-2012, 05:27 PM
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Lets just say I'd rather be down on an island fishing drinking a cold beer and gettin a knob job.
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I'm 23 years old, working full time since age 18. I can honestly say I was not happy with my job since I was 19-20. All I wanted to do was fix computers and i was the happiest guy a live. After leaving my job at age 21 and starting another one. I am content but I feel as if i'm going no where. I feel like a complete moron that I don't know what I want to do with my life, and i'm already way into it age wise. The only things I could see myself doing are making people laugh, fishing, and fixing technology to make people happy, however can't wrap my head around something I am confident I can do.

Sorry just a rant as everyone around me seems like they are going to do XYZ and are actually pulling it off, and i'm stuck making 32k a year till my hair falls out!
I cant even get past the part in red.
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Old 02-28-2012, 05:35 PM
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at 23 you are no where near way in to anything. Not teasing you, just letting you now you still got the world by the balls.

Try something new, fail a couple times, fail forward and have fun.
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Old 02-28-2012, 05:38 PM
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To answer your question in a word, NO! But I always get bored about 10 yrs into any job. I could be doing far worse.

Do as told above, set up a web page of your own and see if you can get some small business contracts. There are accounting offices, law offices, mom and pop hardware stores that need work done by some guy in town that get get there ASAP for half the cost of a big fix repair co.
While your young find a local that you can do that in where you love to be (Beach area etc..) and you may set yourself up for a good life.
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Old 02-28-2012, 05:42 PM
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We had a desktop here at work here that got some %$*!# malware that literally locked the machine up. Booted up to a blank Windows screen. Re-booted on its own. I am pretty computer literate(Ok I'm not), and figured out what got inadvertently installed It was a fake Adobe update that got clicked and installed some BS malware.

I searched and searched the internet....tried everything I could find and couldn't get rid of it.

I found a site that offered a free removal, which I tried. Didn't work. The site said "call here" if you can't figure out how to remove it. Which I did. They logged onto the machine and fixed it in about an hours time. I spent on and off 2 days of my time messing with it.

The service cost us $280. That service got us free "tune ups" and any virus-malware-spyware ect for a year on 3 of our office machines.

Point is.....I was more then happy to pay for it. I have always believed you don't get paid for what you do....you get paid for what you know. If you know computers and enjoy it, figure out a way to make a business out of it. If you are good at it, you work hard and HONEST, you will do well.
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At your age your not trapped in anything and never should be in your life, regardless of age.

I went to college straight from high school, but wanted to party more than study. Quit college and started working full time. Made decent money but not great. After about 5 years I realized I wasn't getting to where I wanted to be and went back to school..at night.

I fell into a career that I really enjoy.

The bottom line is if your not happy do something about it. Being young gives you a lot more flexibility.
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hey muffinman. please dont say you're too old. The only time when its too late is when you're 6 feet under if you know what i mean.

I am 22 years old and I am in a similar dilemma. I work and i am graduating with a bachelors now that is somewhat useless (in my opinion) but i want to pursue a masters. i too have never taken out a loan and im a bit worried but i know that the difference in salary with this degree compared with the one i have will be worth the time and effort now.

I am like you as well i sit in class and dream about flat seas and big fish. but i know that its not possible to go on fishing trips and stuff without making some money.

do everything you can to find a field/ job you enjoy and can work full time at it. look on all the sites these guys have recommended. just keep trying and something will pop up.
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Old 02-28-2012, 06:17 PM
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Muffinman, you are at the perfect age. Sky is the limit. You still have time to go to school if you want, join the military, or start your own enterprise. The key is, don't figure out all the reasons why you can't do something. One thing I have found. The world is full of people who can tell you why or how you can't do something. You need to be the guy to figure out how to do something.
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Sky is the limit....

I just pondered the jobs I had from my teens...and I have done a little bit of everything....

Line Cook
Waiter
Irrigation Specialist
Rode a Trash Truck for a few weeks
Dug Ditches
Installed and recovered Pool Tables
Scuba Instructor
Charter Boat Mate
HVAC Mechanic then designer
Industrial Sales Hvac, Hydraulic, Pnuematics
Manufacturer rep for Dehumidifier manuacturer
Refueled Nuclear Carriers (CVN68/69)
Oil Spill Manufacturer Sales Manager....

don't know whats next, getting ready to turn 42 this year and looking for a new adventure...
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Man youre still really young. Im currently attending a local LEO academy at age 20, and you'd be surprised at the age of some of my classmates. To give you an idea our platoon leader is 49. Theres plenty of others in their 40s and even a guy who at 52 decided to make a career change. My point is that your age has nothing to do with it. Try and try again until you're happy.
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Originally Posted by muffinman51432 View Post
I'm 23 years old, working full time since age 18. I can honestly say I was not happy with my job since I was 19-20. All I wanted to do was fix computers and i was the happiest guy a live. After leaving my job at age 21 and starting another one. I am content but I feel as if i'm going no where. I feel like a complete moron that I don't know what I want to do with my life, and i'm already way into it age wise. The only things I could see myself doing are making people laugh, fishing, and fixing technology to make people happy, however can't wrap my head around something I am confident I can do.

Sorry just a rant as everyone around me seems like they are going to do XYZ and are actually pulling it off, and i'm stuck making 32k a year till my hair falls out!
If you're good with computers, start your own company. If you want to make big bucks, specialize in security. With all the hackers, malware, spyware and other crap out there, companies will pay big for security. They'll live with 5-year old desktops, but still spend on security. The nice thing is that unless you have a non-compete clause you can start this in your spare time.
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Old 02-28-2012, 07:39 PM
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I never liked any job I had (that's why they are called jobs) but I find the one I am in now I hate the least.

Does that make me happy in it? I don't think so.
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I'm 21, I'm neutral with my job its hard to get a raise bc its privately owned but its huge got atleast a 2 yr backlog and pays the bills. I've got a great reputation there. 'They' know the market and the jobs are hard to come by. It's got all the benefits and perks vac 401k. It'll do for a while.

I'm stuck too for atleast 2 years before my planning can start which doesn't seem long but I'm impatient. I could TRIPLE my salary elsewhere but my wife has a full ride through a good college, I'm going to wait it out. Make a plan make it flexible and start that's it. I've started.... Waiting... Fkn waiting
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