Question by Daniel: Dilemma: Career choices I like involve high risk and low reward – can’t find a realistic job I like?
Well, it’s that time. I’m choosing a major. To find a major I need to find a career, and I’ve been vigorously investigating just about every job you can find in Norway and North America. (I have dual citizenships)
Job titles I enjoy, such as dog training, nature and wildlife photography, painting and zoology are very competitive, often with low rewards and high risks. Others, like pilot education or avionics engineer I am unable to finance and few manage to pass.
I am a hard working person. I’ve got a 3.7 GPA that’s going to be even higher this term. I am however not a fan of competition. Or stress. I’d like a secure job in the future, one there is not too few of and one where I’m guaranteed a pay I can live off of. I don’t need a fat check, I can survive on something humble, but I’d like to pay my student debt before I’m retired, and go on vacation a couple times per year. Just something modest and reasonable.
I also don’t enjoy sitting inside a whole lot, ESPECIALLY not in front of computer screens. I’m very much an outside person and I love lots of variation in a job. So even with a deep fascination for astronomy, physics and misc. science I do not want to work with it.
What it boils down to (and apologies for the sidetracking) is, after much research I cannot find a single career containing all these terms:
– Set wages one can live off of
– Little stress
– Something I’d like doing
What’s my next step? Should I take a risk? Should I work a job I do not enjoy… or is there a third option I’ve not considered? What I’ve been doing the last few months is research jobs and take career tests. That research has not told me anything I do not already know, and has given me few new ideas or options.
Answer by Pluto
The one thing I can say for certain is that you should choose a career that has you outdoors a lot. It’s important to aim for a career that you actually take some pleasure in. That alone helps with stress, because there is more satisfaction to be gained from slogging away in a job that you like than a job you hate. The work feels more meaningful and less draining when you have some personal investment in it.
Aside from that, you may have to accept uncertainty and just make a choice. Nothing is set in stone; if you don’t get it right the first, then you still have your entire life ahead of you to try something else. If you’re 18 now, then you have enough time for three entire careers (of 15 years each) before retirement age. So don’t stress so much; life is long, and there is no hurry to be perfect right away as long as you don’t let yourself go flat broke.
Regarding science: if I understand you, you’re saying that you don’t want to work in science because it would keep you indoors too much. That is not necessarily true. Have you considered environmental technician programs? Those are the people that collect data for environmental purposes, for forestry, for fisheries, for whatever. It’s the most outdoorsy job I can think of. I doubt this school will be relevant to you, but have a look at they have the kinds of programs that I’m talking about:
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Question by IGUDIA: i want to go to norway in search for job but i dont know which city that will be better to fine job?
Answer by Richyboy
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