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I'm 20 and I'm so lost on what to do. I feel like I'm just living day by day, and if I don't do something soon I'm going to be stuck in this town for the rest of my life like half the people here. I have zero ambition. Ive gotten nowhere thinking about this on my own. I've taken some classes at my local college, but it's hard to put any effort in when it seems like it's for nothing. I need advice and I don't even know where to look for it. I respect alot of you guys on this forum so I guess I'll start here



Whole lot of i's in this post but I'm tired and don't feel like phrasing it better haha.
 

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What are some of the things you like doing? When I lived in Cali many years ago I couldn't find a job and I didn't know what I wanted to do also so I joined the military. It has been great for me these past almost 18 years. Been to a lot of places and done a lot of things. I have a degree in communications and I still don't know what I'm going to do when I retire. I'm thinking of something that I can do from home or open some kind of business. My brother went to school for like 10 years because he kept changing his degree. He finally become a firefighter and loves it. It's going to take a lot of thinking and figuring out what you like and don't like. I'm sure people in here will throw some ideas your way. You don't have to have a 4 or 6 year degree to make money, there are trade schools like A/C and heating, plumbing and auto schools that you can make a lot of money from. Good luck and I hope you figure something out.

Oh yea, I didn't join the military till I was 22 years old.
 

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It's not easy to figure out what you want to do. I went to college for IT stuff and almost joined the military when I couldn't find a job when I graduated. I worked retail while in school and it was horrible so I knew I had to find something better. I got a job with a DOD contractor doing IT stuff now so it all worked out. You need to decide what you are interested in and go from there. Trade schools, college, or military can all be great options but it's kinda up to you to decide what you want to do. Keep in mind that I work with a lot of military folks and there are lots of jobs available doing a wide range of career fields if you don't mind some traveling.
 

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you pretty much described exactly how i was and felt about my life. you need to figure out what you like and dont like in a job, which can take time. i spent the last six years after graduating HS jumping around between different towns and dead end jobs and its no fun, and not knowing your place can get depressing and take a toll on you sometimes. Im currently going to a tech school for power line construction with only 4 months left and im 24, so you've still got time. just dont let it eat at you too much
 

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I am still kind of like that and I'm 25, almost 26. I dropped out of engineering because I just half assed it and got mediocre grades, failed a couple classes to the point where I couldn't finish my degree at the university. I felt really lost after that, having no clue what I was going to do with my life. Ended up just working 2 retail jobs to make ends meet before I got my current job. I've been at my current job for almost 2 years now and still question if what I am doing is the right thing. I do enjoy it though and it has allowed me to purchase a house and I just recently got engaged. Motivated me enough to go back to college to get a bachelors in management and I may potentially get a MBA.

I work in a job that most people probably don't think about. I am a surface water treatment operator for the utility company in my city. We work 12 hour rotating shifts, but the off time is nice and the pay is great for not needing a degree.

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I actually wasn't even going to apply for the job I have because I didn't think I would like it. I was also afraid of the responsibility it would have, but my Aunt recommended it and here I am.
 

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Maybe look into getting a couple of certifications in hydraulics: Certification

The industry is chocked full of people that have either already retired and do consulting work or are on the verge of retirement and there are very, very few younger guys replacing them since it's not an industry the younger generation is really made aware of.

The training courses are relatively simple if you can do basic math. Some don't really even require the math part if you're looking to just do the hands-on troubleshooting type stuff. It costs a little bit of money but is nowhere near the cost of college and hydraulics are used absolutely everywhere.

I really don't know what's going to happen to the industry when the old-timers die off because there are really no younger folks in line to replace them. I'd be confident in job security due to the niche of it and the work is pretty interesting.

Although I don't work in hydraulics anymore, I am a Certified Fluid Power Hydraulic Specialist.
 

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Maybe look into getting a couple of certifications in hydraulics: Certification

The industry is chocked full of people that have either already retired and do consulting work or are on the verge of retirement and there are very, very few younger guys replacing them since it's not an industry the younger generation is really made aware of.

The training courses are relatively simple if you can do basic math. Some don't really even require the math part if you're looking to just do the hands-on troubleshooting type stuff. It costs a little bit of money but is nowhere near the cost of college and hydraulics are used absolutely everywhere.

I really don't know what's going to happen to the industry when the old-timers die off because there are really no younger folks in line to replace them. I'd be confident in job security due to the niche of it and the work is pretty interesting.

Although I don't work in hydraulics anymore, I am a Certified Fluid Power Hydraulic Specialist.
this is true for a LOT of industries right now. old people retiring, and not enough young people interested in replacing them. skilled labor salaries are through the roof if you're a young guy looking for a job like that. i read an article a couple of days ago about how desperate USPS is for workers since something like 1/3 of their labor force will be retiring in the next few years. same with construction jobs like welders, instrument techs, etc. it's not uncommon to see six figure salaries with those kinds of jobs these days. seems like everybody wants to either be a celebrity or in software development of some sort, because that seems more glamorous i guess. but unless you're some kind of prodigy, i'd consider something else lol

my best advice is to really think about the direction the world is going and make your decision based on that. think about everything a robot could replace a person with and stay away from that. driving trucks, for example, has always been a stable and high paying job, but there's no way i'd tell somebody your age to get into it right now with autonomous cars and trucks on the verge of being a reality.

just keep in mind, very very few people truly know what they want to do when they "grow up" so at the end of the day, you're the only person who can answer this question.
 
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my best advice is to really think about the direction the world is going and make your decision based on that. think about everything a robot could replace a person with and stay away from that. driving trucks, for example, has always been a stable and high paying job, but there's no way i'd tell somebody your age to get into it right now with autonomous cars and trucks on the verge of being a reality.
This is a huge thing to keep in mind when figuring out what to do. Luckily, the day robots start designing themselves I won't have to worry about being out of the job because I'll be more worried about Arnold Schwarzenegger look-alike robots trying to murder me and everyone I know.
 

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Thanks for the advice guys. You guys have definitely relieved some stress haha.

As for what I'm looking for, I'm not sure. I was going to major in forestry but it's becoming pretty difficult to find a job with the forest service in my area. I've been mostly looking into government jobs and looking into what interests me the most in that area, but recently I've really been thinking about learning a trade or something. Really all I want is a low stress job with decent pay. I don't mind working hard.

USPS does seem desperate, they offered to put me through college and get me my class A to work for them, but apparently you have to be 21..
 

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... Really all I want is a low stress job with decent pay. I don't mind working hard...
Engineering.

But don't do that unless you're absolutely certain you can power through four or five years of math-intensive college. It sucks going through it, but ultimately once you're in the workforce (depending on what industry you end up in) most jobs are relatively low stress with good pay (your mileage may vary - as with all things).

That's all I know though. Other guys may have better ideas.

Missed what you said about USPS. That's a pretty cool deal if you were old enough to get it.
 

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I wouldn't recommend the USPS, they don't treat their employees that well and it's definitely not a low stress job. My aunt has worked for them for about 20 years and hates it now.
 

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I turn 30 in a couple months and still haven't figured out what I want to do so don't feel bad. You're not alone. I have a good job now making good money (~$120k/yr), but it can be feast or famine. Plus it's labor intensive. I have a bad back and it's taking a toll. I would love to go into expand my hobby with engines into my own self-sustaining business but it's a lot of risk.
 
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