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Finding a job after my first year of college.

DasUberEdwardDasUberEdward Registered User regular
edited April 2007 in Help / Advice Forum
So the Summer is on the horizon and it looks like i'll be in need of a job to cushion my bank account a bit. Since i've got a year of college under my belt does that open up any new options to me or am I still confined to fast food and the mall? If you have any job suggestions please feel free to share them.

+ I am not afraid of physical labor (Hell, I welcome it)
+ I spent a year in fast food
+ Graduated High School with Honors
- Exploratory major in college

I'm really hoping I won't have to resort to fast food again because it was terrible.

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    ElectricTurtleElectricTurtle Seeress WARegistered User regular
    edited April 2007
    There are certainly things you could do outside of food service and the mall, but what are your skills and interests? What is your current overall career goal?

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    DasUberEdwardDasUberEdward Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    There are certainly things you could do outside of food service and the mall, but what are your skills and interests? What is your current overall career goal?

    As long as I avoid any intensive forms of math i'm open to anything. I suppose I should have elaborated on the Exploratory major thing, it just means that i'm undecided. I've considered moving in the directions of law and photo journalism. I'm really all over the map but if you were to do any of that career assesment crap you'd most likely pigeon hole me as more scientific or entrepreneurial. As far as my goals, they are lofty and odd...college is more of a back up than anything.

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    MarlorMarlor Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    As long as I avoid any intensive forms of math i'm open to anything. I suppose I should have elaborated on the Exploratory major thing, it just means that i'm undecided. I've considered moving in the directions of law and photo journalism. I'm really all over the map but if you were to do any of that career assesment crap you'd most likely pigeon hole me as more scientific or entrepreneurial. As far as my goals, they are lofty and odd...college is more of a back up than anything.

    Ask yourself: "If I had to get a full-time job tomorrow, and start a career, what field would it be in?". Then try to get a low-level job in that field for the Summer. It might actually pay less than working as a burger flipper, but it will provide valuable experience for when you finish College. Or it might help you decide that you don't like that area after all.

    When I was an undergraduate student, my major was in Computer Science. So I got a summer job doing coding for a small local company. It actually paid less than the legal minimum wage (here in Australia), but the experience was invaluable.

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    DasUberEdwardDasUberEdward Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Marlor wrote: »
    As long as I avoid any intensive forms of math i'm open to anything. I suppose I should have elaborated on the Exploratory major thing, it just means that i'm undecided. I've considered moving in the directions of law and photo journalism. I'm really all over the map but if you were to do any of that career assesment crap you'd most likely pigeon hole me as more scientific or entrepreneurial. As far as my goals, they are lofty and odd...college is more of a back up than anything.

    Ask yourself: "If I had to get a full-time job tomorrow, and start a career, what field would it be in?". Then try to get a low-level job in that field for the Summer. It might actually pay less than working as a burger flipper, but it will provide valuable experience for when you finish College. Or it might help you decide that you don't like that area after all.

    When I was an undergraduate student, my major was in Computer Science. So I got a summer job doing coding for a small local company. It actually paid less than the legal minimum wage (here in Australia), but the experience was invaluable.

    To be honest, i'm looking for decent pay at the moment. I know this may come back to bite me in the ass later but honestly whatever career skills I learn in college at this point are just a back up if my other plans fall through. So, as exciting as an internship is I don't believe it will end up being what I'm looking for.

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    MarlorMarlor Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    To be honest, i'm looking for decent pay at the moment. I know this may come back to bite me in the ass later but honestly whatever career skills I learn in college at this point are just a back up if my other plans fall through. So, as exciting as an internship is I don't believe it will end up being what I'm looking for.

    Well, then do something that is relevant to your "other plans", whatever they may be.

    Realistically, whatever job you get is going to be low-paid work. One year of college (with no major) really isn't going to distinguish you from all the high-school applicants. Unless you know someone inside a company who can hook you up with a position, you are going to struggle to get a highly-paid job for the Summer.

    So, you might as well do something that will help you out in the future. It might pay $1-2/hr less than a retail job, but it will actually provide you with skills.

    So search for a job that will provide you with useful skills (for when you pursue your "other plans"). Even something tangentially related would be more useful than flipping burgers or selling thickshakes.

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    DasUberEdwardDasUberEdward Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Marlor wrote: »
    To be honest, i'm looking for decent pay at the moment. I know this may come back to bite me in the ass later but honestly whatever career skills I learn in college at this point are just a back up if my other plans fall through. So, as exciting as an internship is I don't believe it will end up being what I'm looking for.

    Well, then do something that is relevant to your "other plans", whatever they may be.

    Realistically, whatever job you get is going to be low-paid work. One year of college (with no major) really isn't going to distinguish you from all the high-school applicants. Unless you know someone inside a company who can hook you up with a position, you are going to struggle to get a highly-paid job for the Summer.

    So, you might as well do something that will help you out in the future. It might pay $1-2/hr less than a retail job, but it will actually provide you with skills.

    So search for a job that will provide you with useful skills (for when you pursue your "other plans"). Even something tangentially related would be more useful than flipping burgers or selling thickshakes.
    I'm training to compete in boxing/mixed martial arts. I come from a wrestling background. Wow I just realized how clandestine my references were. Sorry about that haha. So, you see there really isn't much I can do that will advance me in that career. Aside from perhaps some generic business work that will allow me to make a decent living if i'm forced to in whatever area I end up moving to when i'm in need of a better gym.

    Edit: From what i'm gathering it is still either Food, Clothing, or Wal-Mart for me, correct?

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    Jimmy KingJimmy King Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    I'm training to compete in boxing/mixed martial arts. I come from a wrestling background. Wow I just realized how clandestine my references were. Sorry about that haha. So, you see there really isn't much I can do that will advance me in that career. Aside from perhaps some generic business work that will allow me to make a decent living if i'm forced to in whatever area I end up moving to when i'm in need of a better gym.
    Instructor or assistant instructor at a local martial arts school (which has a style you are qualified to instruct, of course) or for some sort of wrestling program?

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    DasUberEdwardDasUberEdward Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Jimmy King wrote: »
    I'm training to compete in boxing/mixed martial arts. I come from a wrestling background. Wow I just realized how clandestine my references were. Sorry about that haha. So, you see there really isn't much I can do that will advance me in that career. Aside from perhaps some generic business work that will allow me to make a decent living if i'm forced to in whatever area I end up moving to when i'm in need of a better gym.
    Instructor or assistant instructor at a local martial arts school (which has a style you are qualified to instruct, of course) or for some sort of wrestling program?
    No such luck. Most of the positions I could easily obtained would be through my school and there are no openings for the summer. To be honest the majority of the gyms in my area are pretty worthless which is part of the reason for my college education so I can find some sort of job field where i'd make a decent amount of money and be able to move somewhere with a higher level of training.

    Any other ideas?

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    MarlorMarlor Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Jimmy King wrote: »
    I'm training to compete in boxing/mixed martial arts. I come from a wrestling background. Wow I just realized how clandestine my references were. Sorry about that haha. So, you see there really isn't much I can do that will advance me in that career. Aside from perhaps some generic business work that will allow me to make a decent living if i'm forced to in whatever area I end up moving to when i'm in need of a better gym.
    Instructor or assistant instructor at a local martial arts school (which has a style you are qualified to instruct, of course) or for some sort of wrestling program?

    Or other fitness-related work (e.g. as a private fitness instructor) could be good. It might be hard to get started in that sort of field, though.

    Some sort of sales job could be very beneficial too. If you are going to try to become a professional athlete, then developing a confident public presence is pretty important (since sponsors seem to care more about charisma than about actual performance).

    You should earn decent enough money in either of those fields, and they will actually help you out in the future.

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    DasUberEdwardDasUberEdward Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Marlor wrote: »
    Jimmy King wrote: »
    I'm training to compete in boxing/mixed martial arts. I come from a wrestling background. Wow I just realized how clandestine my references were. Sorry about that haha. So, you see there really isn't much I can do that will advance me in that career. Aside from perhaps some generic business work that will allow me to make a decent living if i'm forced to in whatever area I end up moving to when i'm in need of a better gym.
    Instructor or assistant instructor at a local martial arts school (which has a style you are qualified to instruct, of course) or for some sort of wrestling program?

    Or other fitness-related work (e.g. as a private fitness instructor) could be good. It might be hard to get started in that sort of field, though.

    Some sort of sales job could be very beneficial too. If you are going to try to become a professional athlete, then developing a confident public presence is pretty important (since sponsors seem to care more about charisma than about actual performance).

    You should earn decent enough money in either of those fields, and they will actually help you out in the future.
    You're correct on your assumption about it being difficult to get into those fields. You pretty much need to go into sports nutrition based fields. I'm not really too far opposed to a sales job, I figured I would be making a trip to the mall for applications soon but I was just curious as to what else could be out there that I was unaware of.

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    SpackleSpackle Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Man if you just need cash, get a 3rd shift job like Night Stock or something. I did that after my first college year, even took 11 credits of Gen Ed as well. Was kinda tough but the pay was good and I wasn't spending to much either.

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    Jimmy KingJimmy King Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Hm, a couple more options that are frequently better money than your average retail or whatnot job.

    1) Telemarketing. Not obnoxious cold calling shit. I used to work for a place in Iowa that worked with some Catholic church Archdiocese's (Archdiocii?), college/university alumni associations, etc. These groups had yearly fund raisers where the members were expecting the call (and so usually far less annoyed and angry, even when they didn't donate) and we made most of the calls for them. It was part time in the evenings (when people are actually home), all holidays off since no one wants to be called on holidays and we even got super bowl sunday off because no one wanted to talk to us then, either.

    2) If you've got basic technical skills, there's always tech support stuff. Frequently these are full time positions but from what I've seen they are also often willing to work with someone who is in school and allow them to work part time or split shifts.

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    Uncle LongUncle Long Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Have you considered getting a job with the city? I know, at least where I used to live that the city hired all kinds of general labor for the summer. This is doubly so if you are in a tourist area where the winter debris needs to be carried away.

    The pay is pretty good. You'll probably have to wake up early, but that means you get out early as well. And it's a pretty regular schedule.

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    DasUberEdwardDasUberEdward Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Jimmy King wrote: »
    Hm, a couple more options that are frequently better money than your average retail or whatnot job.

    1) Telemarketing. Not obnoxious cold calling shit. I used to work for a place in Iowa that worked with some Catholic church Archdiocese's (Archdiocii?), college/university alumni associations, etc. These groups had yearly fund raisers where the members were expecting the call (and so usually far less annoyed and angry, even when they didn't donate) and we made most of the calls for them. It was part time in the evenings (when people are actually home), all holidays off since no one wants to be called on holidays and we even got super bowl sunday off because no one wanted to talk to us then, either.

    2) If you've got basic technical skills, there's always tech support stuff. Frequently these are full time positions but from what I've seen they are also often willing to work with someone who is in school and allow them to work part time or split shifts.

    I'll be looking into both of those. Although I thought the tech support jobs usually required you to have certifications?
    TheLong wrote: »
    Have you considered getting a job with the city? I know, at least where I used to live that the city hired all kinds of general labor for the summer. This is doubly so if you are in a tourist area where the winter debris needs to be carried away.

    The pay is pretty good. You'll probably have to wake up early, but that means you get out early as well. And it's a pretty regular schedule.

    Never considered that prospect. We have the Football Hall of Fame and there's a parade along with the first NFL game of the year in our city every summer. No one seems to care but I'd assume that does lead to a lot of job openings.

    Thanks for all of the responses thus far.

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    Jimmy KingJimmy King Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Jimmy King wrote: »
    Hm, a couple more options that are frequently better money than your average retail or whatnot job.

    1) Telemarketing. Not obnoxious cold calling shit. I used to work for a place in Iowa that worked with some Catholic church Archdiocese's (Archdiocii?), college/university alumni associations, etc. These groups had yearly fund raisers where the members were expecting the call (and so usually far less annoyed and angry, even when they didn't donate) and we made most of the calls for them. It was part time in the evenings (when people are actually home), all holidays off since no one wants to be called on holidays and we even got super bowl sunday off because no one wanted to talk to us then, either.

    2) If you've got basic technical skills, there's always tech support stuff. Frequently these are full time positions but from what I've seen they are also often willing to work with someone who is in school and allow them to work part time or split shifts.

    I'll be looking into both of those. Although I thought the tech support jobs usually required you to have certifications?
    Na, no certs needed for level 1 or even most level 2 tech support stuff. Most of the people I worked with back when I was doing that had no certifications or plans to get them. Once in awhile you'll see them listed on a job requirement, but even then, that's usually just something like "a+ cert is a plus" rather than an actual requirement. The certifications for that level of work are so simple and basic that no one really cares about them beyond showing that you've got an interest in IT while at the entry level.

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    RuckusRuckus Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    May I suggest a career in the exiting world of Commercial construction?

    My brother got fired from his job as a computer tech (about $10/hour) and switched to building temporary wooden concrete forms for a construction company ($12/hour). He worked all summer and then got layed off in the fall. He got rehired by the same company the next spring.

    Depending on where you are this may or may not be a viable option (I know lots of the southern border states have tons of cheap laborers available already).

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    JohannenJohannen Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Most bars will actually love the fact that your only going for a summer job and that you're in university. (this is U.K though so I don't know if you're allowed to work behind a bar if you're under 21 in the states.)

    Other than that there are places that will take you on as a summer temp if your course is relevant to their company. You'd have to research that though.

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    TaximesTaximes Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    I have a friend who works the night shift for Fed Ex, like 2:00-10:00am or something, and makes pretty good money (I believe he started at $9/hr) along with benefits as a part-time employee. I'm not sure about all the details, but I know there were several other perks that he really enjoyed, too.

    So, if you're looking for a way to cash in quickly, that might be an option. He says that's pretty much what all of his coworkers are doing.

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    MotherFireflyMotherFirefly Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Have you thought about being a waiter? If you get off of school early enough, most are willing to train and they pay well (usually with tips)


    But yeah, as a college student be expected to be stuck in retail or something likewise, I'm just looking for internships now, it's pretty tough.

    If you're decent with tech stuff try the GeekSquad? They do simple stuff like reformats and ridding computers of viruses for the most part, and best buy definately pays well.

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