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Title: What are YOU doing with your life?
Post by: Xepher on September 26, 2009, 04:55:37 am
This kid apparently plays half a dozen instruments, recomposes songs, and sings in 3 languages. http://freddegredde.com/

I, on the other hand, was proud to play Row Row Your Boat on a telephone. :-/
Title: Re: What are YOU doing with your life?
Post by: Databits on September 26, 2009, 05:30:46 am
I'm working on becoming an elite game developer, know nearly a dozen programming languages (some better than others), and can speak english. Does that count for anything? xD
Title: Re: What are YOU doing with your life?
Post by: otrstf on September 26, 2009, 05:26:31 pm
I guess I'm a test case for "how long can you stand to work your dream job?"  This summer I passed 20(!!) years playing/developing military simulations (wargames).  It is certainly not as fun as it was when I started, but I can't imagine what else I'd do.  Since managers (especially the ones in uniform) come and go, we reinvent a lot of wheels. People really can't learn from their mistakes, and history might as well never have happened.  I'm getting to the point where I can just dust off an old powerpoint slide presentation for just about any circumstance.

It has spoiled me for any _real_ job.  After all, this week I am sitting in a hotel in Bavaria, having just had a wonderful schnitzel and beer in an old ratskeller.  Three more weeks of this, at company expense!
Title: Re: What are YOU doing with your life?
Post by: Databits on September 26, 2009, 07:53:49 pm
yeah ok, you win. :P
Title: Re: What are YOU doing with your life?
Post by: Gwyn on September 27, 2009, 12:11:50 pm
I beat up kids like that.
Title: Re: What are YOU doing with your life?
Post by: fesworks on October 04, 2009, 07:59:05 pm
Let me hold him down for you :P
Title: Re: What are YOU doing with your life?
Post by: otrstf on October 09, 2009, 06:35:45 am
*flees back to the relative safety of the midwest*

here's the hotel I've been in...http://www.booking.com/images/hotel/org/114/1148290.jpg (http://www.booking.com/images/hotel/org/114/1148290.jpg)

...and here's the village...http://thumb5.webshots.net/s/thumb4/6/61/47/95466147suiiri_th.jpg (http://thumb5.webshots.net/s/thumb4/6/61/47/95466147suiiri_th.jpg)

Title: Re: What are YOU doing with your life?
Post by: JM on October 10, 2009, 07:17:06 pm
I sit around in college, wondering what to do with my life while my parents just tell me I'll figure it out eventually and not worry about it.

I know, real ambitious.
Title: Re: What are YOU doing with your life?
Post by: Pedes on October 12, 2009, 02:39:53 pm
JM, well the worst thing that can happen is when you go to a university and realize that is exactly what you do NOT want to do....

Been there, done that, got the t-shirt.

I am presently at scholarship by international exchange in Bielefeld, Germany. Seeing that my life seems to take quite sharp turns recently (the decision I would go was half a year ago and totally sudden) I really wonder where my life will go after that...
Title: Re: What are YOU doing with your life?
Post by: Gwyn on October 14, 2009, 01:47:19 pm
Or you could go to school and then get a job in what you actully trained for but discovering that the average pay for said job might be slightly over minimum wage. So you wasted 4 years and 30,000 bucks to make slightly more than at friggen McDonalds or LESS than at a call center.

AND THEN you realize that in a year with the minimum wage increases your province is planning what you're making now will be minumum wage and some kid right out of highschool will be making the same or more than you.

And it's not even just for me, it's most secondary graduates who experience this issue in my province as well. :(
Title: Re: What are YOU doing with your life?
Post by: Xepher on October 15, 2009, 09:49:42 am
Yeah, I'd hate to think how little I'd be making if I had gone into journalism (what my degree is in) instead of computers. Of course, now that I'm trying to get out of IT, I'm back to minimum-wage level jobs it looks like. Yay.
Title: Re: What are YOU doing with your life?
Post by: JM on October 15, 2009, 02:45:10 pm
Glad that I have a lot to look forward to once I graduate. :(
Title: Re: What are YOU doing with your life?
Post by: Gwyn on October 19, 2009, 01:42:44 pm
I wish I could go back to school, but I don't qualify for student loans anymore because I pretty much stretched those out as much as I could and I can't afford to otherwise in the near future.

On the plus side I have alot of time to think about what I really should be going back to school for to get in a comfortable position where I make enough to get by on one job and somewhat enjoy what I'm doing (loving what I'm doing would be great but I can compromise :p )
Title: Re: What are YOU doing with your life?
Post by: Miluette on October 25, 2009, 12:20:12 am
I have real issues with not having a steady job right now (I've been effectively jobless since graduating college, except for one job I knew was temporary when I got it), but freelancing's on the rise it seems! It just takes a few first steps!

I got an EIN number yesterday so now it's kind of like I'm all official now.

I could actually make it sound like I'm doing a lot with my life (involved with an amazing-looking print anthology to be pitched at publishers in January, dedicated to two webcomics even if they do update slowly, run a bunch of other sites, blogs, and portfolios, freelancing web design and illustration, applying to teach English in Japan which would be an amazing new life experience for me), but I'm still not making steady cash.

YET! *an optimist*
Title: Re: What are YOU doing with your life?
Post by: dragyn on December 10, 2009, 12:34:26 pm
I'm trying to learn Java and C++ to a level where I actually stand a chance in any sort of industry where such skills are useful.


...maybe I'll hang out here more often, again.
Title: Re: What are YOU doing with your life?
Post by: taboo on December 11, 2009, 04:37:43 pm
I want to animate! But I can't choose between Pixar, 2d Disney, or some cartoon network gig. Though right now, i'd settle for anything
Title: Re: What are YOU doing with your life?
Post by: Tibia on December 14, 2009, 09:28:39 pm
Heh.  Playing multiple instruments is overrated.  It somehow always works out that the ones you want to focus on the most are the ones that no one wants to hear you play.  *stares mournfully at a violin, an electric bass, an electric guitar, and a flute*

As for what I'm doing.... well, I was strongly advised into the job I'm in, and I hate it so very much.  I've been thinking about my childhood dreams again (forensic pathologist), but the idea of going back to school is horrifying.  I guess I'm just doing nothing and going nowhere.
Title: Re: What are YOU doing with your life?
Post by: Gwyn on December 15, 2009, 04:54:21 pm
What job are you in?

I'm thinking of going back to school in something fabrication based. I would like to try my hand at metal working or a machinist. I've never really been suited for a "white collar".

Unfortunatly as with everything else in my province, the job market for that is sporadic.
Title: Re: What are YOU doing with your life?
Post by: Tibia on December 16, 2009, 06:10:46 pm
I'm a church musician.  Unfortunately, the actual music part of it isn't much.  Too much satisfying people who will never be happy.


The fabrication field is just so wide open and interesting.  They have some of the best toys in the world.  I tried to get into the pipe organ building field, which has a lot of metalworking, carpentry, and electronics, but I seem to always run into the gender-biased people.  They don't care what kind of experience I have, they see my name, and close the door.
Title: Re: What are YOU doing with your life?
Post by: wist on May 26, 2010, 10:59:57 pm
L-O-L. Resurrecting a dead topic, but I'm genuinely interested in hearing from more of the community on this topic. [Also, I don't really have to introduce myself now]

But anyway, I'm just some University student waiting to graduate from business school.... but my real passion is the world of arts. I volunteer at a French hospital and Art gallery as well as work for a freelance art consultant. I can't sing to save my life, but  do speak English, Vietnamese and French, plus I can play the flute. Goals include: learning to draw and learning to code websites.
Title: Re: What are YOU doing with your life?
Post by: Axle Greymoon on May 28, 2010, 02:32:23 am
Im trying to promote myself by working to my dreams of working with animals and becoming a great furry artist. i currently have 433 different styles on drawing. (yes to inform you I do have a life)I also create rave music for when im bored things to do.
Title: Re: What are YOU doing with your life?
Post by: Lei on September 02, 2010, 08:27:12 pm
Idly getting through University, with a degree in Mathematics. In the end I'd like to teach, but I'll leave that for when I'm old and decrepit, and can mull over the life of kids these days (I do already... meh).

My end goal is to tear down this sad attempt of an education system we have, but before that... anything works.