Career advice is needed...

ok so I've been out of college since August 2010 and here it is almost December 2012. 2+ years later and I still don't have a career. I do have a job but by no means can this job be what I do for the rest of my life. 12 bucks an hour and about 22 hours a week.

Now, I do have a dream job that I have been going after since July 2010. I really want to be a firefighter and the hiring process takes up to a year to complete before they tell you if you get the job or not. Since July 2010 somethings have happened that are not in my favor.

Things like when I applied in July 2010 that county and all surrounding counties then went into a hiring freeze and haven't hired any firefighters/teacher/police for awhile. Now, they took the freeze off in November 2011 and I have been in the process ever since for two different locations. One in Maryland and the other in Virginia. The one in Maryland I just found out I will not get an offer for the January 2013 academy.

On the other hand The maryland location is "TRYING" to have another class in may or June 2013 and I've been told I'm a lock to receive an offer for that academy IF it happens. For Virginia, I hear they are holding a class in March or April and so far I have done well on each step in the process but I don't know if I will get the job or not.

So, the question is this...Do I continue to work at the same job I have now 12 bucks an hour and just got told I will be guaranteed 30 hours a week no matter what. Or do I try and find a Career job?

The reason this fits on this website is because my girlfriend really wants me to move on from this because obviously I have been going after it for 2+ years and have nothing to show for it. I understand her point of view and I can see why she wants me to move on to start making career money but I don't know lol what should I do?


Most Helpful Guy

  • get a stem degree this is the 21st century after all


What Girls Said 3

  • I'm in the same boat. I graduated 2012, now its 2014 and I have no job. not even a mall job. I'm so over customer service jobs and honestly i feel i have done my years at shitty jobs and need to move on to an internship or career. I don't even care about making a ton of $, I just can't respect myself for having a kids job when i worked so hard to go through all that school. Plus I'm attracted to guys who have smart interesting careers and don't think they won't have the same attraction to me unless I follow my dreams as well. Personally I say fuck that job your at currently. However you would be taking advice from a low income, single, girl who still has yet to find a career, went back to community college ( b/c in CA community college is free is you have a BA or BS), and did I mention no $ or career... ( I'll say 'no career yet' but its rough out here).

  • work at the mall.

  • maybe volunteer or network

    good luck


What Guys Said 2

  • Wait you graduated college in 2010, and only have a sh*tty job, and not a career? Welcome to America don't feel bad, the majority of us are in the same situation as you, and when Obamacare goes though, hahaha, we're all going to be screwed, companies are already finding loopholes such as only hiring part time ppl, so they don't have to provide insurance.